There was a time, solely three years in the past, when Roberto Pereyra lined up alongside Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba in a Champions League ultimate for Juventus.
That is the status with which he proudly arrived as a Premier League participant two summers in the past, but for a lot of his time in England it has appeared an phantasm to assume that Watford had a world-class participant of their grasp.
His progress has been stunted by harm issues, notably a extreme blow to the knee, in addition to inconsistency when he has taken to the sector.
Roberto Pereyra (R) was the hero for Watford as they started the brand new Premier League season with straightforward victory over Brighton
The Argentine ahead accomplished his brace 9 minutes after the interval by curling the ball previous Shane Duffy and Mat Ryan
Pereyra, who netted solely 5 objectives all through final season, celebrates after additionally scoring Watford’s first of the brand new marketing campaign
The previous Juventus man finds the again of the web with a sensational volley teed up by a nook from left-back Jose Holebas
MATCH FACTS, LEAGUE TABLE AND MATCH ZONE
Watford (4-4-2): Foster 7, Janmaat 7, Cathcart 7, Kabasele 7, Holebas 7.5; Hughes 7.5 (Sema 81), Doucoure 7, Capoue 6.5, Pereyra 8.5 (Femenia 81); Grey 7 (Success 74, 6), Deeney 7
Subs not used: Gomes, Prodl, Mariappa, Masina
Scorers: Pereyra 35, 54
Bookings: Capoue, Holebas
Supervisor: Javi Gracia 7.5
Brighton (4-4-1-1): Ryan 6.5; Bruno 5.5 (Bong 25, 6), Duffy 5.5, Dunk 5, Bernardo 5.5; Knockaert 5, Stephens 5.5, Propper 5, March 5 (Jahankabash 71, 5.5); Gross 5 (Bissouma 60, 5.5); Murray 5
Subs not used: Kayal, Locadia, Balogun, Button
Bookings: Stephens, Bernardo
Supervisor: Chris Hughton 5
Referee: Jonathan Moss 7
Season at a look
But within the Hertfordshire sunshine, Pereyra reminded the house crowd of his abilities in fairly sensational trend as Watford launched their fourth consecutive Premier League marketing campaign with a fluid victory over Brighton.
Pereyra’s first purpose won’t be bettered anyplace within the Premier League this weekend. After a tippy-tappy brief nook routine, Jose Holebas curled over an out-swinging cross from the left aspect and the Argentine Pereyra watched the ball’s flight by the air and caught it superbly to ship a volley searing by the fingers of goalkeeper Mat Ryan and into the highest nook.
Pereyra had been linked with a transfer again to Italy with Torino. Supervisor Javi Gracia mentioned: ‘I don’t anticipate anybody to exit. He’s a top quality and essential participant. I do know he is ready to do it for us.’
Brighton’s gamers seem dejected after permitting Pereyra to place Watford forward with a well-worked purpose from a set-piece
Watford supporters have a good time Pereyra’s heroics as they hope for an enchancment on final yr’s 14th-place league place
Anthony Knockaert goes to floor following a problem from Christian Kabasele, however the referee doesn’t give a penalty
For Watford, the purpose was a much-needed breakthrough. It has been an unusually steady summer time at Vicarage Highway, with Gracia the primary supervisor to finish one season and begin the following because the membership returned to the Premier League. Their switch dealings have been extra reserved, too, with goalkeeper Ben Foster the one new signing within the beginning XI.
Following the departure of Brazilian Richarlison to Everton, some observers questioned whether or not Watford could discover themselves in vital trouble following their lowered enterprise.
Not on this proof. Watford defended with the higher authority, handed the ball with extra function in midfield, as Will Hughes and Abdoulaye Doucoure managed the play, and created by far the clearer probabilities.
The Watford followers loved it, serenading their goalkeeper with chants of ‘Foster’s Coming Residence’ after he reclaimed the gloves for the primary time since his mortgage spell on the membership eleven years in the past.
Kabasele battles for possession with Pascal Gross as Brighton wrestle to get a foothold within the sport in sunny Hertfordshire
Brighton lose skilled captain Bruno Saltor to harm bother after simply 25 minutes, with Gaetan Bong approaching as a substitute
Hornets boss Javi Gracia, who changed Marco Silva in January, points directions to his gamers from the touchline
Reverse quantity Chris Hughton does likewise as he bids to enhance Brighton’s woeful away report within the high flight
For Brighton, the portents are much less optimistic. Chris Hughton oversaw a summer time spend in extra of £50million however the £8.5m full-back Bernardo was the one new starter.
Brighton, for all their advantageous progress final season, had the worst away report within the division, taking solely 11 factors and profitable simply two matches. The identical inhibited kind returned right here and the away group didn’t have a shot on track all through.
Hughton’s concern is evident: ‘I’ve no complaints with outcome. We misplaced to a greater aspect in most departments. We by no means had anyplace close to sufficient of an impact on the sport to get a outcome.
‘We have now no excuses, as a result of the system we play, these gamers at present realize it very properly. This was a primary alternative away from dwelling to place in a efficiency to win and we didn’t.’
Uncertainty within the Watford penalty space as new signing Ben Foster seeks to maintain his clear sheet intact following a nook
Veteran striker Glenn Murray sits on the bottom rubbing his foot on a irritating afternoon for Brighton’s attacking unit
The excellent news for Brighton is these stay early days within the marketing campaign however Hughton is acutely conscious that his aspect face Manchester United and Liverpool of their subsequent two and likewise play Tottenham and Manchester Metropolis earlier than the tip of September.
But it was the absence of intent that startled in Brigton’s play. Watford have been sharper from the beginning, as Andre Grey scuttled by on purpose and had a low effort properly saved by Mat Ryan.
Grey’s motion, alongside the enduring brawny presence of Troy Deeney, was usually an excessive amount of for the Brighton defence and the pair ought to actually have had a purpose apiece within the first interval.
Man of the second Pereyra is put underneath strain by Albion midfielder Dale Stephens throughout aggressive first half of motion
Within the match-day programme, Deeney revealed he had spoken to a nutritionist and shed some weight over the summer time.
He definitely appeared quicker when he broke in behind halfway by the first-half. A swift counter-attack launched the ahead and when Pereyra’s low strike fell into his path, Deeney had solely the goalkeeper to beat however was brilliantly denied by Ryan.
Brighton did briefly threaten. Dale Stephens hooked a volley huge from a Bruno cross and Knockaert had a really mushy penalty attraction turned down.
It solely elevated the rancour between the house Watford crowd and the French winger. There may be historical past after Knockaert’s penalty miss in a play-off semi-final for Leicester, and he was final season the recipient of a dreadful red-card lunge by Miguel Britos.
After the break, it appeared Brighton may solely enhance however as a substitute, Watford grabbed the initiative. Gracia’s group ought to have their doubled their lead when Holebas’ free-kick was met by Christian Kabasele however as a substitute sealed their win when Pereyra drifted in from the left flank, opened up his physique and curled a medical end into the far nook.
Brighton custodian Ryan confidently rises above Duffy and striker Troy Deeney to say possession inside his penalty space
Watford frontman Andre Grey and imposing Brighton centre-back Lewis Dunk compete for aerial supremacy at Vicarage Highway
French midfielder Etienne Capoue shouts in ache after a problem from Stephens earlier than being booked for a foul of his personal
Ben Foster made his second debut for Watford between the posts after rejoining the membership from West Brom throughout the summer time
Brighton followers packed out the away finish at Vicarage Highway to look at their group start a second marketing campaign within the Premier League