If the Scottish Cup final told Craig Levein anything, it was probably that he needs a new goalkeeper. If that thought is in his head, he should look no further than Watford stopper Daniel Bachmann.
The Austrian was brilliant for Kilmarnock this season, making vital stops on a number of occasions as Killie finished third.
His current deal at the Hornets expires next year. It would most likely be a loan deal for Bachmann, but the Jambos should be interested either way.
Bachmann is a solid number one
The chances of him becoming Watford’s number one next season are slim. After a move from Stoke City in 2017, the stopper has failed to cement himself in the Vicarage Road plans.
Bachmann told The Scotsman in April that Rangers had made contact with him over a potential move to Ibrox, going on to say ‘I want to make my name in the Premier League.’
Vicarage Road boss Javi Gracia has made a personal request for Watford to sign Mexican stopper Guillermo Ochoa according to Record. If Bachmann sees his future at Watford, he may want another loan spell. First team football looks unlikely this term under Garcia.
Hearts would be a better fit for him than Rangers would be, and possibly the best fit of any team overall. Zdenek Zlamal has showed inconsistencies this season, and although he’s had his moments, Levein may want a more reliable pair of hands.
Bachmann would provide that, performing well anytime he played for Killie. Assured handling, great shot-stopping and a good commander of his 18 yard box, the Austrian is a good all-rounder.
The Watford keeper has the potential to play at a high level, but with one year left on his Watford deal, he’s running out of time to prove that. A loan move to Hearts could give him another season to show he can make it in the Premier League.
Even if he didn’t get his Hornets contract renewed, if Bachmann played at Tynecastle next year, they’d be first in line to snap him up for free next summer. The Austrian is a player Levein should keep an eye on this summer.