Highly-rated forward Shaq Forde is this year’s Watford FC Young Player of the Season.
Forde, 18, has experienced a meteoric rise into the first team this season, having started the 2021/22 campaign as part of Tom Hart’s Under-18 side.
Chosen by Academy Director Richard Johnson and Head of Technical Development Jimmy Gilligan, Forde’s work ethic and determination saw the youngster flourish at both Under-18 and Under-23 level, resulting in his first-team debut in the FA Cup against Leicester City in January.
On an occasion Forde described as “a very special day for my family”, the attacker followed in the footsteps of his father, former Hornet Fabian Forde, in representing Watford at senior level, being introduced at the King Power Stadium on 74 minutes.
A loan to Kings Langley followed soon after as Forde continued to get a taste of men’s football, and he scored two goals, made an assist and won a penalty in three games in the Southern League Premier Division South.
Travelling with Watford’s senior squad on several occasions this term, including for a trip to Liverpool, Forde made the bench for the first time in the Premier League against Brentford last month.
Goal of the Season: Cucho Hernández (Watford 2-3 Arsenal)
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