Date: 10th January 2017 at 1:00pm
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Head coach Walter Mazzarri has been speaking this week about how Watford don’t need to spend oodles of cash on new signings this January window – we can rely on our youth.

With Watford having one of the highest net spends over the last few years in relation to clubs in the Championship for a period and now the Premier League, with a growing injury list and Mazzarri turning his attentions to our homegrown youngsters of late – he feels they have proven they can be a suitable answer to the problems we face.

Speaking to the Watford Observer with debuts for youngsters in recent matches – Brandon Mason against Burton Albion, Michael Folivi and Carl Stewart debuting last week – Mazzarri explained that he felt it proved that we didn’t always have to go to the foreign market and spend silly sums on players.

Sometimes we just had to have faith in who we already have at the club.

Clearly since the Pozzo’s took over that hasn’t really been our transfer and strengthening strategy.

‘We had Mason with us when we went on pre season and for young players it’s very important for them to be with the first team and make their debuts. This will help them grow as football players.’

He added.

‘Like you say sometimes it’s fundamental to see what we have at home in our house so that we can make these players grow and don’t always go abroad to sign players for a crazy amount of money.’

Some fans will find that particular nugget of information pleasing given the number of ‘who’ moments – albeit we haven’t exactly fared badly most of the time with the service we’ve got from players who weren’t household names in this country.

A better balance certainly wouldn’t go amiss though.

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