Portuguese attacking midfielder Domingos Quina has left Watford in order to join Udinese. A choice that raises questions on several levels.
Domingos Quina Watford is history. Five years after joining the English club, the former Portugal international decided to pack his bags and join Italy, where he will play for Udinese.
If on paper the new destination for the European under-19 champion looks promising, in reality it raises many questions about the rest of his career. Indeed, by committing to the twelfth of the last edition of Serie A, Domingos Quina It stays in the famous “Pozzo Galaxy”, which hasn’t really worked out yet.
Tenth professional club at the age of 23
new beginning. And we don’t count them anymore. Long considered one of the highlights of the 1999 Portuguese Premier League, Domingos Quina He followed an unpredictable trajectory through his early years at the highest level. If he first knew Benfica in his youth, his native Bissau joined Chelsea, and then West Ham where he made his brilliant professional debut. Impatient and thirsty for playing time, the attacking midfielder was transferred to Watford two short years later in a bid to establish himself in English football’s elite.
to fail. After five years at Watford, Domingos Quina I only played about thirty matches for the English club. Without real prospects in this club he used to move between the first two national divisions, so that the Portuguese took several loans in a row: to Granada, Fulham, Barnsley, Elche and then more recently to Rotherham at the bottom of the championship table. After failing to make series meetings and establish himself as a valuable player at each of these various clubs, the former West Ham club continued to slump, alternating between good and less good over the years.
Udinese, an option far from reassuring?
Accumulating a total of 660 Meadows minutes, just over seven full matches over the entire season, Domingos Quina He was not in a position with this summer transfer window approaching. On the departure of Watford, the Portuguese did not know how to take advantage of his loan to Rotherham in order to highlight his technical qualities. However. Against all expectations, it is a particularly ambitious club who have come to recruit him in the last few days. Twelfth in Serie A this season, Udinese took a gamble by offering a two-season contract to the Guinea-Bissau native, who is struggling to assert himself at the highest level.
Bim Vendo Domingos Kina 🙌
Welcome # who does not have 💪
– Udinese Calcio (@ Udinese_1896) July 1, 2023
A far from trivial choice. If at first glance this signature is not justified in Italy Domingos QuinaThis can be easily explained. owner of the city of Udinese, Giampaolo Pozzois none other than a father Gino PozzoCurrent holder of Watford FC. Thus, the two clubs are closely linked, with many players moving from one to the other in recent years. This is especially the caseHassan Kamara or Gerard Deulofeu, who recently moved from Watford to Udinese for large sums. other players like Odion IghaloI have taken the opposite course in the past.
While many observers had hoped for an eventual departure from the player to see him gain new momentum, it clearly fell through. This new career choice is enough to raise a lot of doubts among the many fans of the man who was described as a real phenomenon a few years ago.
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