Det är Leicester som stulit de mesta rubrikerna som årets skrällag i Premier League, det har gjort att Watford kunnat tuffa på lite i skymundan. I skrivande stund ligger de på sjunde plats, fyra poäng från den åtråvärda CL-platsen. Med ny tränare och stor spelaromsättning var det få som visste var man hade Watford när säsongen inleddes, nu vet vi att det är ett lag att räkna med och vi kommer att få en tuff match under söndagen. En som har bra koll på Watford är Harry Welch, säsongskortsinnehavare på Vicarage Road och troget fan av The Hornets, det här är hans bild av den här upplagan av laget:
1. Tell us about the season so far, are you satisfied with your team?
I think satisfied at this moment in time is probably an understatement. I didn’t expect us to be doing this well, and I can only recall one or two games where we haven’t played well. In August, our first month, we had a little bit of a struggle scoring goals but we always looked very good defensively, and we are continuing to do so. Goals have been a more regular source now, what with Ighalo being in hot form and Deeney finding his feet after a tough start.
2. Which players has impressed for you this season?
Saying Ighalo would be too obvious! This is a tough question, there has been so many players which have impressed me, but the three I would single out are Nathan Ake, Etienne Capoue and Allan Nyom. Admittedly, I was a little bit unsure as to whether Nathan Ake would get as much game time with us, due to us signing Jose Holebas from Roma for a serious fee, but he has come in an put a real shift in, looking like he has played in this league for most of his career! Want I am disappointed about is that it is only a loan, but maybe we can sort something out at the end of the season with Chelsea. Mind you, in saying that, he is someone that they are lacking. We signed Etienne Capoue from Tottenham Hotspur for £6m in the summer, our record fee. And at the moment, that is looking like a bit of a bargain! His work rate is fantastic, and even though he is a defensive midfielder, he is one of our most skillful players. Allan Nyom is another player who is very skillful, and has been making it very hard for the opposition who attack down that left side. He gets forward for us very well, and looks to create some very good openings.
3. How would you describe Watford 2015/16? Strenghts/weaknesses
It’s very hard to suggest much of Watford’s weaknesses this season, but one thing I would like us to hopefully get scoring via a few more sources. It would be a big miss for us if either Ighalo or Deeney got injured, due to them both scoring our goals with a terrifying partnership. So if that was to happen, we need to know we can rely on someone to step up and find the back of the net when we really need them to. I think our strength is our defending this season. Despite our weakness in defending crosses, something which inherited from last season, our two central defenders in either Sebastian Prodl and Miguel Britos have been rocks, alongside the usual Craig Cathcart. We have kept a lot of clean sheets this season, and for a newly promoted side, that is something which is very pleasing.
4. Name three key players for Watford in the game against Liverpool?
Without knowing who is and isn’t injured, I would say the most obvious two key men will be Deeney and Ighalo. I think the other key man will be Miguel Britos at the back, who was good against Sunderland and has put in some very decent performances since coming into the team in October time.
5. Tou signed a lot of players this summer, which of them has made the biggest impact?
Very hard question as a majority of the new signings have put a very good shift in, but I would have to say Etienne Capoue has been the key for us in that midfield this season. He puts a very good shift in, in the midfield, defensively and when it comes to attacking.
6. Your owner, Gianluca Pozzo, is quite famous, what are your thougts on him and his way to run Watford?
When Gino Pozzo bought Watford in 2012, he was our saviour from distraught ownership previously. Obviously, from then on our identity has changed with several players coming from Udinese and Granada and loads of other foreign imports. But he is good at what he does, signing unknown players to then developing into world class players. Gino has also completely changed the infrastructure of the club. A new look stadium which he has invested just over £20m into, and of course, turning us into a Premier League team. He is a hero, and we are thankful he chosen us, when he was looking to invest in English football.
8. Finally, the transfer window is coming up, do you think you have any players coming in?
We have been strongly linked with Emmanuel Adebayor recently, and personally, I would like to see him at Watford as we need someone to be there if Ighalo or Deeney get injured. His experience and goal scoring record in the Premier League could also be very valuable to us. A new centre back would be nice too, as that’s where I think we also need depth in if Cathcart, Britos or Prodl are unavailable. Ideally, a player with strong Premier League experience at Vicarage Road would be nice to see.