Roberto Pereyra shows that it may be Paul Pogba himself from Watford after the timely victory in Brighton

Roberto Pereyra scored both goals when Watford beat Brighton 2-0 in the Premier League

The last player to escape from the dressing rooms and in the mixed media zone, Roberto Pereyra appeared in every inch of the superstar.

Passed by a bruised bodyguard and dressed from head to toe in designer clothes, it all looked more like a prima donna, but for the followers of Watford, this must have been like the day Pereyra finally arrived.

The Argentine signed two seasons with Juventus, but this was only his 31st appearance in the Premier League after two campaigns mined by injuries and inconsistency. Here, however, came a surprising reminder of a special talent.

Roberto Pereyra scored both goals when Watford beat Brighton 2-0 in the Premier League

Roberto Pereyra scored both goals when Watford beat Brighton 2-0 in the Premier League

Pereyra, we must remember, played in a final of the Champions League only three years ago, lining up with Gianluigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba as the Italian club lost to Barcelona.

For Argentina, he has shared a dressing room with Lionel Messi and Sergio Agüero.

Pereyra, signed for £ 13 million in the summer of 2016, remains an intimate friend of Pogba. Both regularly exchange text messages and in Watford the growing hope is that Pereyra can find the continuity to become his own Pogba.

Like the Frenchman, Pereyra is more effective from the left in midfield three, carrying the ball with purpose, finding the crucial pass, selling dolls and feints to opponents.

Pereyra grew up in the Argentine province of Tucumán, where his father worked all hours in a lemon factory, while the young Roberto says he "sold copper cans and fruits to buy a sandwich."

Pereyra gives his team an advantage with a volley effort in the first half on Vicarage Road

Pereyra gives his team an advantage with a volley effort in the first half on Vicarage Road

Pereyra gives his team an advantage with a volley effort in the first half on Vicarage Road

With football boots too expensive, his talent was nurtured playing barefoot in the concrete streets.

Against Brighton, it produced a setback, acting on the playground, one of balletic balance, tricks, movies and nutmeg that weathered the opposition. Pereyra created the Watford opportunities, dictated the game and scored the two goals.

The first, a scorching volley of a cross by José Holebas, demonstrated mastery of technique and concentration, and seems a complement to the goal of August of the month.

The coup increased their confidence and from there, it became unplayable. His second goal was less striking but equally safe, as he cut from the left flank and turned a smart finish into the corner of the goal.

Pereyra is only 27 years old and perhaps this form underlines why Watford was happy to take Everton's money for Richarlison. The only concern is that Watford has found Torino's interest, but manager Javi Gracia insists that Pereyra will stay. The player is based in London, often socializing with fellow countrymen Erik Lamela of Tottenham and Manuel Lanzini of West Ham.

The Argentine doubled the advantage of his team with a fresh finish during the second half

The Argentine doubled the advantage of his team with a fresh finish during the second half

The Argentine doubled the advantage of his team with a fresh finish during the second half

His teammate Will Hughes said: "Today says a lot to him. He is a player of high quality and today he has shown it. I have said that since I joined, I learned a lot from him in training. "

For Watford, it has been an unusually quiet summer. Goalkeeper Ben Foster was the only new starter and Gracia is Watford's first manager to finish a season in charge and keep on working at the start of the next, as they returned to the Premier League in 2015.

His center of power, Abdoulaye Doucoure, excellent last season and dominant here, has signed a five-year contract and says the newfound stability will help the club.

"Before the game, the manager said that many teams spend a lot of money, but we are a very good team, we did not spend much but we kept players.

While Watford begins the campaign with optimism, this was surprisingly poor for Brighton. Chris Hughton's team had the worst visitor record in the division last season, with only 11 points on the road. This was more of the same.

Pereyra is congratulated by his teammates after scoring his second goal of the game

Pereyra is congratulated by his teammates after scoring his second goal of the game

Pereyra is congratulated by his teammates after scoring his second goal of the game

Brighton did not record a shot on the target, even when a combined £ 30 million summer transfer, Yves Bissouma and Alireza Jahankabash, arrived in the last quarter of the game.

Striker Glenn Murray complained about the poor service and said: "We are disappointed, it was a rude awakening, at this moment I can not say the words to be honest, we can only improve."

They need to improve quickly, with Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham before the end of September.

Hughton warned players last season that their places could now be under threat. "Everyone should play thinking about wanting to stay on the team," he said. & # 39; I'll have a decision for the game next week & # 39;

THE VERDICT OF THE FANS

WATFORD

David Anderson (Golden Pages Fanzine)

Only a new firm reached the initial XI and this victory showed how valuable stability can be. The performance of Roberto Pereyra in the wing has left Richarlison out of the memory of many fans. Javi Gracia seems to be transforming the midfielder into a new player. If we can keep it in shape for a whole season, a gift awaits us.

Star man: Roberto Pereyra.

BRIGHTON

Simon Cox (Brighton Fans)

What a sorry beginning for the season. Chris Hughton maintained confidence in the top players last season, but frankly they left him and themselves. Half of the team seemed like they were still on the beach. The billionaires in the bank injected some energy. In addition to Ryan, Duffy and Dunk, all places are at stake. We must find a way to win, since we can not rely more on the homelike form.

Star man: Chris wakes up. His century in Lord & # 39; s at least gave us something to cheer up!

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