Sparta Rotterdam goalkeeper Maduka Okoye has accepted that he will not be able to save English Premier League side, Watford from relegation.
When Okoye signed a five-and-a-half-year agreement with Watford for an estimated €7 million in November, he became the most expensive Nigerian goalkeeper signing in history.
His Watford contract began on January 1st, but the Hornets enabled him to finish the season with Sparta Rotterdam..
Watford and Sparta Rotterdam have had a difficult season in their respective leagues, with both teams potentially facing relegation.
In the Dutch league, Henk Fraser’s side occupy the 17th position on the 18-team table, a significant four points away from safety.
Having changed managers three times already this season, things don’t look better for the Hornets, who currently sit 19th on the log.
Speaking with Rijnmond, the 22-year-old said he was worried that his two clubs were fighting relegation, but assured he would do everything to save his Dutch club.
He, however, admitted that there was nothing he could do to save Watford.
“It is concerning for me that Watford is also facing relegation, but I can only help Sparta now,” Okoye told Rijnmond.
“I will do everything I can to keep Sparta in the Eredivisie. I can’t help Watford now.”
Okoye, who missed several games for Sparta in January while on duty with the Super Eagles at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, has made 19 league appearances for the Dutch side, conceding 29 goals and keeping only three clean sheets.