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Watford Player of the Month: Dennis beats compatriot Etebo to award

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Emmanuel Dennis of Watford celebrates scoring their first goal during the Premier League match between Watford and Aston Villa at Vicarage Road on August 14, 2021. Photo: AFP

Nigerian forward Emmanuel Dennis has been voted Watford’s Player of the Month for August, beating his international teammate Peter Etebo to the honour.

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The 23-year-old Dennis, a summer arrival from Belgian Pro League side, Club Brugge, wasted no time in endearing himself to the Vicarage Road faithful notching the opening goal against Aston Villa on the first day of the season.

Having also contributed an assist in that 3-2 victory, Dennis went on to make three further appearances in August, completing 90 minutes against Brighton and Spurs, as well as half a game in the Carabao Cup win over Crystal Palace.

Dennis clinched the award ahead of Etebo and Ismaïla Sarr with 46 per cent of the overall vote.

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But he couldn’t take home the Watford Goal of the Month award though, as that honour went the way of Cucho Hernández.

Hernández stormed to the Goal of the Month award with a massive 81 per cent share of the fans’ vote, capping a dream start to the 2021/22 season for the 22-year-old Colombian.

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Following three loan moves away from Vicarage Road, Hernández marked his first Hornets appearance with a spectacular strike against Villa, to make it 3-0 to Xisco Muñoz’s men.

Moments after his introduction from the bench, the Colombian expertly cut inside on the left before unleashing a thunderous strike from the edge of the box that evaded Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez and crashed in off the post.

The strike topped the ranks in the fans’ poll, ahead of goals by Dennis and Sarr in the same game, and other strikes from Flo Fyfe and Ashley Fletcher.

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