Etienne Capoue pings a zinging cross-field pass to the left, Gerard Deulofeu nonchalantly sticks out his leg and kills it, dead.
It's a sublime touch that leads to an assist for Adam Masina's first goal for the club against Everton on Saturday afternoon. Watford have been struggling this season but Deulofeu has again been a shining light for the Hornets.
Catalan by birth, Deulofeu achieved a goal that most only dream of; playing for your boyhood club. He didn't just play, he excelled. Gerard made his debut for Barcelona at 18 and netted 27 times for the Barcelona B team.
At the 2012 European Under-19 Championships, he won player of the tournament in a competition that featured Paul Pogba, Saul Ñiguez, and Harry Kane. Deulofeu is a player who had plenty of hype. He was seen as the next torchbearer.
However, it didn't work out that way. Already, Deulofeu has been something of a journeyman in his short career. Two separate stops at Everton, a year at Milan, a brief spell at Sevilla, a return to Barcelona, and finally, Watford.
A lot for a 25-year-old. A player who's so highly regarded doesn't usually bounce around that much. However, such is the talent that he possesses, top teams will always be willing to take the risk on him once again.
The running theme between each of those spells at each of those clubs is that Deloufeu wasn't given consistent time in the starting eleven. Often relegated to a bench role, the winger couldn't establish himself in the team. However, when the Hornets have given him extended game time and a starting position, he has rewarded them with some brilliant moments.
The directness of Deulofeu's game is something to admire. With a low centre of gravity and a real burst of acceleration, the Spaniard is able to ghost past defenders. Boasting great vision as well, every action that Deulofeu takes is with a single purpose; to score goals.
Initially, it seemed that Deulofeu would be more Bojan than Messi, and while he clearly won't hit the heights of the latter,
Watford's poor play this year also coincided with the absence of club legend, Troy Deeney.
If Watford get relegated this year, there will be a host of suitors for the Spaniard.
Work rate and defensive application is an issue for the winger but ultimately, he gives so much going forward. If he's able to showcase this level of attacking quality in a team that doesn't dominate possession, imagine what he'll do in one that does.
Source : 90min