Alexander Merkel, who spent six months on loan at Watford last season, signs one-year loan deal with Grasshoppers FC

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Alexander Merkel, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Watford, has joined Swiss side Grasshoppers FC.

The 22-year-old midfielder made 11 appearances for the Hornets during the last campaign after signing a six-month loan deal from fellow Pozzo owned club Udinese in January.

He returned to the Little Zebras at the end of the campaign and did not join back up with the Golden Boys for pre-season. 

His move to Grasshoppers, who are in the Champions League qualifying stages, is a one-year loan.

The former Germany under-20 international joined AC Milan from Stuttgart as a teenager and made his debut at the age of 18, featuring ten times during the 2010/11 season.

Genoa bought 50 per cent of the player in 2011 and he made 16 appearances for the Serie A club before he rejoined Milan on loan.

However, he only made one outing before he had a spell on the sidelines with a knee injury.

Merkel played for Genoa six times in the first half of 2012/2013 campaign before he signed for Udinese in January 2013.

He only made five appearances for the club however before switching to Watford a year later.

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9:44am Tue 15 Jul 14

JohnnyBarnes says...

Good move all round I'd say.
He comes with a great reputation so we don't want to lose him from the group permanently, but we have a lot of talented midfield players so his exposure to the first team would be limited. Gets him some game time.
Good luck Alex!
Good move all round I'd say. He comes with a great reputation so we don't want to lose him from the group permanently, but we have a lot of talented midfield players so his exposure to the first team would be limited. Gets him some game time. Good luck Alex! JohnnyBarnes
  • Score: 30

10:44am Tue 15 Jul 14

LifeLongHornet says...

Glad we don't have him in the squad anymore, his reputation was getting him games, but his performances were below par consistently.
However he does still have potential to be a great player, good luck to him.
Glad we don't have him in the squad anymore, his reputation was getting him games, but his performances were below par consistently. However he does still have potential to be a great player, good luck to him. LifeLongHornet
  • Score: 2

10:49am Tue 15 Jul 14

soulfulhornet says...

Looked decent at times, but I think Beppe managed him poorly. Having not played for 6 months, on his debut, Merkel was given the full 90 mins. At the end knackered and made a tired lunging tackle that got him sent off. Never really fully recovered afterwards. Unless there was an injury that meant all 3 subs used, should have taken him off after, say 60 minutes.

Coming back after a lengthy lay-off is hard enough but in a league as physical and competitive as the Championship, with which you are unfamilar was always going to be a tough ask.

Good player, that I thought we never saw the best of. Good luck with the rest of your career Alex, I suspect we won't see him back in a hornet shirt.
Looked decent at times, but I think Beppe managed him poorly. Having not played for 6 months, on his debut, Merkel was given the full 90 mins. At the end knackered and made a tired lunging tackle that got him sent off. Never really fully recovered afterwards. Unless there was an injury that meant all 3 subs used, should have taken him off after, say 60 minutes. Coming back after a lengthy lay-off is hard enough but in a league as physical and competitive as the Championship, with which you are unfamilar was always going to be a tough ask. Good player, that I thought we never saw the best of. Good luck with the rest of your career Alex, I suspect we won't see him back in a hornet shirt. soulfulhornet
  • Score: 17

11:25am Tue 15 Jul 14

gloryhornet4 says...

There was the feel to his arrival like when your boss introduces a new recruit to your team without having told you he was recruiting. Then says find him a desk and get IT to get him logged on to a PC.

You have a chat to your new colleague, find out he knows the industry but you are not sure where he will fit in.
There was the feel to his arrival like when your boss introduces a new recruit to your team without having told you he was recruiting. Then says find him a desk and get IT to get him logged on to a PC. You have a chat to your new colleague, find out he knows the industry but you are not sure where he will fit in. gloryhornet4
  • Score: -1

1:00pm Tue 15 Jul 14

rayman01 says...

gloryhornet4 wrote:
There was the feel to his arrival like when your boss introduces a new recruit to your team without having told you he was recruiting. Then says find him a desk and get IT to get him logged on to a PC. You have a chat to your new colleague, find out he knows the industry but you are not sure where he will fit in.
There were alot of players like Merkel last season - bags of talent and potential, but did not gel in cut and thrust of the Championship. With decent pre-season for the established squad plus the new recruits we have everything to be hopeful about. Contrast us with Blackpool who only have eight players on their books and no goalkeeper! Luv the Horns.
[quote][p][bold]gloryhornet4[/bold] wrote: There was the feel to his arrival like when your boss introduces a new recruit to your team without having told you he was recruiting. Then says find him a desk and get IT to get him logged on to a PC. You have a chat to your new colleague, find out he knows the industry but you are not sure where he will fit in.[/p][/quote]There were alot of players like Merkel last season - bags of talent and potential, but did not gel in cut and thrust of the Championship. With decent pre-season for the established squad plus the new recruits we have everything to be hopeful about. Contrast us with Blackpool who only have eight players on their books and no goalkeeper! Luv the Horns. rayman01
  • Score: 3

2:06pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Harry's Bar says...

soulfulhornet wrote:
Looked decent at times, but I think Beppe managed him poorly. Having not played for 6 months, on his debut, Merkel was given the full 90 mins. At the end knackered and made a tired lunging tackle that got him sent off. Never really fully recovered afterwards. Unless there was an injury that meant all 3 subs used, should have taken him off after, say 60 minutes.

Coming back after a lengthy lay-off is hard enough but in a league as physical and competitive as the Championship, with which you are unfamilar was always going to be a tough ask.

Good player, that I thought we never saw the best of. Good luck with the rest of your career Alex, I suspect we won't see him back in a hornet shirt.
Completely agree with that. Looked really good on his debut until he got sent off. I don't know what was said to him but he never really put himself about after that, and never looked as effective again.
[quote][p][bold]soulfulhornet[/bold] wrote: Looked decent at times, but I think Beppe managed him poorly. Having not played for 6 months, on his debut, Merkel was given the full 90 mins. At the end knackered and made a tired lunging tackle that got him sent off. Never really fully recovered afterwards. Unless there was an injury that meant all 3 subs used, should have taken him off after, say 60 minutes. Coming back after a lengthy lay-off is hard enough but in a league as physical and competitive as the Championship, with which you are unfamilar was always going to be a tough ask. Good player, that I thought we never saw the best of. Good luck with the rest of your career Alex, I suspect we won't see him back in a hornet shirt.[/p][/quote]Completely agree with that. Looked really good on his debut until he got sent off. I don't know what was said to him but he never really put himself about after that, and never looked as effective again. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 3

2:43pm Tue 15 Jul 14

gloryhornet4 says...

rayman01 wrote:
gloryhornet4 wrote:
There was the feel to his arrival like when your boss introduces a new recruit to your team without having told you he was recruiting. Then says find him a desk and get IT to get him logged on to a PC. You have a chat to your new colleague, find out he knows the industry but you are not sure where he will fit in.
There were alot of players like Merkel last season - bags of talent and potential, but did not gel in cut and thrust of the Championship. With decent pre-season for the established squad plus the new recruits we have everything to be hopeful about. Contrast us with Blackpool who only have eight players on their books and no goalkeeper! Luv the Horns.
Agreed - it is not about the efforts of AM or the excellent management the club is under - just how the dice roles.

I have never seen the value of squad players as such - unless they are recruited with a view to playing 30plus games a season. I am sure we would all have loved AM to have come in to play more - but there is just a thought in my mind - another player - just in case.

Love the ref to Blackpool. Any club that had an Ince on the books deserves all the misery they get.
[quote][p][bold]rayman01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gloryhornet4[/bold] wrote: There was the feel to his arrival like when your boss introduces a new recruit to your team without having told you he was recruiting. Then says find him a desk and get IT to get him logged on to a PC. You have a chat to your new colleague, find out he knows the industry but you are not sure where he will fit in.[/p][/quote]There were alot of players like Merkel last season - bags of talent and potential, but did not gel in cut and thrust of the Championship. With decent pre-season for the established squad plus the new recruits we have everything to be hopeful about. Contrast us with Blackpool who only have eight players on their books and no goalkeeper! Luv the Horns.[/p][/quote]Agreed - it is not about the efforts of AM or the excellent management the club is under - just how the dice roles. I have never seen the value of squad players as such - unless they are recruited with a view to playing 30plus games a season. I am sure we would all have loved AM to have come in to play more - but there is just a thought in my mind - another player - just in case. Love the ref to Blackpool. Any club that had an Ince on the books deserves all the misery they get. gloryhornet4
  • Score: 6

4:19pm Tue 15 Jul 14

andyhooked says...

Never cut it for me. A season of not good acquisitions last year. Looking forward to the new season. If we keep Troy, then it is only Beppe that can fail us.
Never cut it for me. A season of not good acquisitions last year. Looking forward to the new season. If we keep Troy, then it is only Beppe that can fail us. andyhooked
  • Score: 3

4:27pm Tue 15 Jul 14

andyhooked says...

Is anyone interested in a copy of Watford vs Crystal Place programme from 15.10.1963? Tried to sell on ebay but no interest. The programme is in fair condition and only pencil marks for WFC team changes. Pat Jennings was in goal for Watford. Nice picture of the ground as it was in the 60s.
Is anyone interested in a copy of Watford vs Crystal Place programme from 15.10.1963? Tried to sell on ebay but no interest. The programme is in fair condition and only pencil marks for WFC team changes. Pat Jennings was in goal for Watford. Nice picture of the ground as it was in the 60s. andyhooked
  • Score: -8

4:31pm Tue 15 Jul 14

andyhooked says...

My comment above is a taster. Anyone that buys the programme puts the money to Help For Heroes or the British Legion.
My comment above is a taster. Anyone that buys the programme puts the money to Help For Heroes or the British Legion. andyhooked
  • Score: 1

9:42pm Tue 15 Jul 14

NewMalden'Orn says...

andyhooked wrote:
My comment above is a taster. Anyone that buys the programme puts the money to Help For Heroes or the British Legion.
I've got a programme signed by Ashley Young and Gavin Mahon (sp?) happy to go the same route if anyone's interested.
[quote][p][bold]andyhooked[/bold] wrote: My comment above is a taster. Anyone that buys the programme puts the money to Help For Heroes or the British Legion.[/p][/quote]I've got a programme signed by Ashley Young and Gavin Mahon (sp?) happy to go the same route if anyone's interested. NewMalden'Orn
  • Score: 0
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