Adrian Boothroyd reckons Watford might have survived relegation if Marlon King had been available all season.
The Hornets are 11 points from safety with just seven games of the season remaining, but Boothroyd thinks King's presence would have made a huge difference.
The Jamaican striker has not played since suffering a serious knee injury last October, and Boothroyd insists he would have scored a number of crucial goals.
"Our season would have been much different if Marlon had been available," said Boothroyd.
"We haven't had a player who can score goals for us and with a goalscorer you can play very poorly and win. We have played very poorly and not won.
"When you don't score goals, as a game goes on or as a season goes on, there is always an inevitability that someone will score at your end because of the quality we face every week.
"But if you do score a few goals early you can get some momentum going. Nobody has turned us over massively so I do think it could have been a lot different."
King resumed light training earlier this week and there is a chance he may play again this season, but he is unlikely to be considered for next weekend's FA Cup semi-final with Manchester United.