Etebo was a full-fledged Nigerian international who had shone in six months at Las Palmas in the the league.
And just before the FIFA World Cup, where his stock could increase with good performances, the movement of the midfielder from Stoke City – a relegated premier league the team handed him the short end of the stick, at least to many.
Etebo’s career has not gone as planned since this move. A robust midfielder with an eye for the goal, he has the talent, but he has failed to be always good.
At the 2018 FIFA World Cup he was arguably the best Nigerian player overall and in his first season with Stoke City he offered value to the Championship side. At one point, it seemed like Etebo was playing at another level above each of his teammates and was duly voted Stoke City’s 2018/2019 Player of the Season.
The following season was a disaster, he was constantly injured and was once taken out of the squad after falling out with the manager.
Today, three years after that first move to England, Etebo had his chance at the top with Watford.
The Hornets signed a two-year loan deal with the Nigerian with an option to buy.
He will join his compatriots Guillaume Troost-Ekong, Isaac Success, Emmanuel Denis and Tom dele-bashiru.