Troost-Ekong Earns EPL Promotion With Watford

Super Eagles vice-captain William Troost-Ekong will play top-flight football next season after Watford booked a place in the Premier League with a 1-0 victory over Millwall at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Troost-Ekong making his 32nd appearance of the season lasted all 90 minutes, however, compatriots Tom Dele-Bashiru and Isaac Success were not listed for the encounter.

Ismaila Sarr scored the decisive goal from an 11th-minute penalty and the Hornets held on to seal automatic promotion behind Norwich City who booked their Premier League spot last week.

The win guaranteed Watford second place in the Championship table with 88 points, ten more than third-place Brentford with just two matches left for the season.

It means both Watford and Norwich earn swift returns to the Premier League after just one season outside the top-flight.

The Hornets finished in 19th-place in their last campaign in the top-flight and were relegated alongside Norwich City and Bournemouth.

But they bounce straight back up on the strength of an efficient attack and stingy defence marshalled by Troost-Ekong who has been a mainstay at the back for the Hornets who boast the best defence in the Championship having conceded a mere 28 goals in 44 games.

The reward for Troost-Ekong’s solid performances will be a first taste of the English top-flight adding to a vast footballing CV that boasts stints in the Eredivisie, the Turkish Super League, the Belgian First Division A, and the Serie A.