Date: 16th February 2006 at 12:33pm
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According to our online poll, Marlon King is Watford boss Aidy Boothroyd’s best signing.

The former Gillingham and Nottingham Forest forward came top of our online poll by a landslide attracting a devastating 61% of the vote. The twenty-five-year-old was signed from Notts Forest on a season-long loan in the summer but in December Watford took up the option-to-purchase clause in the loan deal and snapped up the South Londoner for a pre-agreed price of £500,000. The deal brokered by Boothroyd is looking shrewd business with King sitting at the top of the castle of the Championship’s leading goalscorers with sixteen to his name this season.

Matthew Spring, who was signed from Boothroyd’s former club Leeds United in the summer, came second in the poll with 17% of the vote. The dynamic midfielder, who is forming a deadly partnership with skipper Gavin Mahon in the centre of the park, looks a shrew purchase at a mere £150,000. The all-action midfielder spent seven seasons with deadly rivals Luton Town at the start of his career but all is now forgiven.

Central Clarke Carlisle came third in the poll receiving 7% of the vote. The experience twenty-six-year-old, who was also signed from Leeds United in the summer, represents value for money at a cost of only £100,000. However, the former QPR defender is currently out of the first team due to the in-form defensive pairing of Jay DeMerit and Malky Mackay.

Darius Henderson, Ben Foster and Malky Mackay finished equal fourth in the poll with 5% of the vote.
Henderson, a £450,000 buy from Gillingham in the summer has ten goals to his name already this season and the powerful twenty-three-year-old has, despite some injuries, formed a lethal strike-partnership with Marlon King. Twenty-two year-old Foster was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson for £1,000,000 in the summer and was immediately loaned out to the Golden Boys. The former Stoke City stopper is getting better by every game. Malky Mackay was signed by Boothroyd on a free transfer from Premiership West Ham in the summer, and what he lacks in pace he makes up for in experience and vision. The last two teams the former Scotland international has played for, Norwich and West Ham, have been promoted to the Premier League. Will Malky make it three promotions on the spin with Watford?


Poll results in full


Who has been Aidy’s best signing?


Ben Foster 5%

Clarke Carlisle 7%

Malky Mackay 5%

Matthew Spring 17%

Darius Henderson 5%

Marlon King 61%