Watford is inching closer to getting promoted back to the Premier League.
William Troost-Ekong has been instrumental for the Hornets this season and he played a major role as they defeated log leaders Norwich City 1-0 on Tuesday evening.
The former Udinese man will be battling with the best the English top-flight has to offer next season should the Hornets get good results in their last three games of the 2020/21 campaign.
Dan Gosling scored the all-important winning goal in the 57th minute to push Xisco Munoz’s men nine points clear of third placed Swansea City with three matches left to play.
Interestingly, Watford still have to play both Brentford and Swansea in their last two games of the season.
Norwich have already sealed their place in the Premier League after a stunning campaign that saw them established their superiority from start to finish.
The Canaries still hoarded most of the possession at Carrow Road, but Watford’s defence, marshalled by the Super Eagles vice-captain, held firm to keep another clean sheet and get their 25th league win of the season.
Watford can still afford to lose their remaining three league matches of the season and yet book their automatic promotion ticket should the trio of Swansea City, Brentford FC and Bournemouth drop any more points before the end of the campaign.
It would be the fulfilment of an age-old dream for Troost-Ekong, who was once on the books of Tottenham Hotspur, but never featured for the club before returning to the Netherlands.
After proving his quality in the Eredivisie, the Belgian Pro League, the Norwegian top-flight, the Turkish Super Lig and Italy’s Serie A, the 27-year-old centre back is closing in on a date with Europe’s most glamorous league.
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