Dennis was the standout performer during a difficult December that saw the Hornets continue their struggle for Premier League survival.
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Over the last few weeks, there have been a lot of shenanigans, mainly from Europe, with most clubs calling for the postponement of Africa’s biggest event.
While Osimhen who just tested positive for COVID-19 was replaced with the versatile Abdullahi Shehu, Dennis was substituted with Czech Republic –based forward Peter Olayinka.
A dispute concerning the date that the Hornets were notified of his inclusion in the squad has given the club reason to believe that they might be able to prevent his inclusion in the competition.
The striker is expected to depart for the tournament after the game against Tottenham on New Year’s Day, but the head coach suggested that there may be a chance that they can keep him at Vicarage Road instead.
Watford striker Emmanuel Dennis has been included in Nigeria’s preliminary squad for the African Cup of Nations. The forward’s…
The German had been in charge of the Super Eagles since 2016 but was relieved of his duties on Sunday.
Brentford struck twice late on in the clash to claim the three points, leaving Watford hovering precariously above the relegation zone.
The 24-year-old joined Watford in a £3.4 million deal last summer and has impressed for the Hornets this season.
Player agent Drew Uyi, who has handled some of Dennis’ matters, has revealed that the asking price of Belgian champions, Club Brugge, scared off the top Premier League clubs.
Dennis netted an injury time goal to cap Watford’s rout and leave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job hanging by a thread.
The Nigeria international pushed hard to leave Club Brugge last season ahead of eventually joining Watford for €4m.
The striker’s cameo from the bench at Goodison Park saw him wrap up a sensational first ever away win over the Toffees.
Exclusively revealed on Hive Live ahead of Watford’s away trip to Leeds United on Saturday afternoon, host Michael Kurn and Hornets legend Tommy Mooney announced the result to eager supporters.
Ismaila Sarr set up Emmanuel Dennis for his first club goal for Watford’s opener before he found the net himself after an individual run down the right for his side’s second.
The 23-year-old Dennis spent part of last season on loan in Germany’s Bundesliga with 1. FC Köln, having first joined the Belgian top-flight side in the summer of 2017.
The 23-year-old forward teamed up with the Billy Goats after a successful medical and will be expected to help the club avoid relegation at the end of the season.
The tie is slated to kick off 5pm Nigeria time
Dennis gave Brugge the lead in the 63rd minute after keeping the ball in play on the right touchline and feeding it into the box for De Ketalaere to hit a shot blocked on the line by Yaroslav Rakitskyy.
Dennis has risen to prominence over the past three seasons with Club Brugge, for whom he scored two goals in the Champions League in 2019-20, as well as five times in the Belgian top flight.