Date: 7th September 2017 at 6:57pm
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Head coach Marco Silva has said he’s pleased with the competition Watford now have in the group following the transfer window and he remains pleased with the start to the season as we go into this weekend’s clash against Southampton.

Meeting with the media for his pre game press conference ahead of our trip to St Mary’s, Sky Sports have the Portuguese gaffer as saying that nobody is guaranteed a start in the squad following the arrivals of deadline day signings Marvin Zeegelaar and Orestis Karnezis, but ultimately that’s how it should be in a first team group.

Commenting on Zeegelaar’s arrival and the competition that would provide Jose Holebas, he explained.

‘It’s good – it’s a normal situation. First, it is the best option for me and the club, and for Jose. He has a player competing for his position and I want him to work hard every day to keep his position. We don’t sign anybody to be number one or number two. I didn’t sign Marvin to be the second left-back, we sign Marvin to come to play for Watford. It is my decision to be in the first XI or not. When they come here it is because we believe in them and because they are ready to play.’

With five points from our opening three games in the Premier League this year, Silva had also been pleased with that start and he was content with what he’s seen from the side as they adjust to his wants.

‘Yes I am happy – we have got important points. In some moments of the match, we showed good football. And most important to me is the commitment we show, the attitude we put in every match is really important.’

Silva also confirmed that Darryl Janmaat would return to the squad this weekend, and Younes Kaboul could also feature as we look to make it two wins from four.

Silva was disappointed with the final week of the window though as we didn’t quite make the progress he was hoping for.

“Now the market is closed, I don’t want to talk much about it, but first, I’m clear with you, the last week was not the best for us in the market. It’s different than what we tried to do, but different things happen. What we planned for last week and achieved is different. You want the best things, and you can’t achieve that in the last week. That’s not the best thing for me or Watford, but that’s life. I expected something different, it’s true. In some moments the coach can’t control everything. Even though we lost one player after August 31, it was not in my plans to lose the player.”

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