Five games in and Watford fans have already had an interesting introduction to what life could be like as a supporter under the highly rated Marco Silva. A poor cup exit at the hands of Bristol City and a 6-0 demolition at the weekend by Manchester City have impeded the other four games where the Hornets were unbeaten in their opening four matches in the league so with positives and negatives kicking off Silva’s reign, lets see what a select few Watford fans have got to say about the start to the campaign.

 

@Ben_WFC

 

Q: What have you made of Silva’s Watford career so far?

A: So far, I think Silva has done a fantastic job at Watford. He has brought in an exciting, attacking style while reinforcing the leaky back-line that dogged Mazzarri last season. Silva has also brought in some much needed positivity around the club and fan base, something that Watford severely lacked under the much hated Mazzarri. He speaks English, he is honest and truthful in his conferences and he is just a top class young manager, a much needed breath of fresh air.

Q: Just five games in but how would you assess the club’s transfer window as a whole?

A: Watford’s transfer dealings this summer have been very solid. The best deal for me is Nathaniel Chalobah, an absolute steal at £6 million. He has since moulded a solid partnership with fellow midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure. I actually don’t think Watford have made any poor transfers, every player we have brought strengthens Watford one way or another.

Q: Who’s been the standout player so far?

A: For me and probably a lot of other Watford fans, it has to be Abdoulaye Doucoure. His athleticism, power, stamina and technical ability has made him arguably Watford’s best player currently. He runs his socks off without fail every single game, and the fans adore him. He is our very own N’golo Kante if you like.

 

Q: How do you see the Hornets getting on this season and what are your personal expectations now?

A: Contrary to the beliefs of lots of ignorant pundits, I believe Watford will comfortably finish above the relegation zone and I am predicting them, if not a little ambitiously, to finish 10th. I think Watford have the quality in the squad as well as the backing of an exciting manager to fulfil this.

 

Yusuf Waqar – @YusufWaqar

 

Q: What have you made of Silva’s Watford career so far?

A:  You can already see the all round impact Silva has had on the team. Each player seems to be working that extra bit harder compared to last season. We’re playing as a unit. We’re playing good, positive football compared to last season where it all just seemed so negative under Mazzarri.

Q: Just five games in but how would you assess the club’s transfer window as a whole?

A: We had one of the best transfer windows in the league, yet still went a little under the radar. The signing of Chalobah for only £5mil in the current market was an absolute bargain and one of the signings of the summer. Along with the signing of Will Hughes, and also the returning Roberto Pereyra which feels like a new signing. I reckon outside of the top 6, we have the best midfield in the league. The options we have in midfield after this summers additions are incredible. Also, Richarlison looks certain to be a future star in the game, and unlike potential future ‘stars’ we’ve seen in the past, whose careers have fizzled out due to a poor attitude, this kid has exactly the right attitude and determination to make it in this game. It could be easy to point out Andre Gray’s record signing for £18.5mil as a waste as he has not yet contributed with a goal. However, as we saw at Bournemouth and again at Southampton, he makes things happen. He runs his socks off and causes defenders to make mistakes which the likes of Richarlison, Carrillo and Cleverley pounce on. I’m sure once he gets off the mark, he will show his worth.

Q: Who’s been the standout player so far?

A: Doucoure was probably our best player towards the end of last season. This season he’s become the main man in the team and has built a fantastic partnership with Chalobah in the heart of the midfield. Along with all the tackles, interceptions, passes, runs through the middle, and all the dirty work that goes unnoticed in games, he’s also chipped in with a few goals already. He’s going to be an incredibly important player for us this season.

Q: How do you see the Hornets getting on this season and what are your personal expectations now?

A: Personally, I believe a top half finish is very achievable. Unlike previous seasons where we’ve strengthened the squad, this season we’ve strengthened the first XI. That has led to our bench looking so strong compared to last season where it seemed we didn’t really have anyone who could come on and make an impact. We have a great Head Coach, fantastic Squad with real depth in each position. This is the season where we really push on and I would seriously be a little disappointed if we didn’t achieve a top half finish.

 

Rikki Aldridge – @Rikki_Aldridge

 

Q: What have you made of Silva’s Watford career so far?

A: I think Marco Silva’s start at Watford has been very refreshing. After last season my confidence was on the ground, but after seeing how Marco has got the boys playing his way with exciting, expansive football is a real joy to watch.

Q: Just five games in but how would you assess the club’s transfer window as a whole?

A: Chalobah has been nothing short of outstanding whilst also collecting his first England call up. Gray’s best days are ahead with Pereyra arriving back in the fold. Kiko has been a little revelation on a free from Alaves and looks like he could be a bargain and also Richarlison, what a talent we have on our hands. Good in the air, pace to burn and very strong so I am excited to see where his career goes from here.

Q: Who’s been the standout player so far?

A: Standout player is a real tough one with Chalobah, Richarlison, Kabasele all playing well So I’m going to have to say 2 players. Doucoure firstly, what can you say about this man that hasn’t already been said. To think he come into the fold in January and easily could have one POTS last season with half a season which is nothing short of phenomenal, sadly I think we will have to enjoy him while we can because he will be going onto big things. Also, Tom Cleverley what a start to the season he has had his tireless running in games, his will to win and also the token mention of always being the first to celebrate has all the makings of a Watford captain.

Q: How do you see the Hornets getting on this season and what are your personal expectations now?

A: I think we should definitely be aiming for a top half finish and believe Silva will get us to that position, but an FA cup run would be a fantastic way to cap off what I believe will be an excellent season.

@belgianckaba

 

Q: What have you made of Silva’s Watford career so far?

A: I’ve been really impressed with Silva’s start, it’s evident that the players have a lot of respect for him and he’s created a sense of togetherness through the whole club which was lacking under Mazzari. He’s transformed our team into being really solid and with added pace now out wide the whole system looks really dangerous.

Q: Just five games in but how would you assess the club’s transfer window as a whole?

I’ve been really impressed with the transfer business, Carrillo and Richarlison look like they have completely changed our team, remaining impartial on Gray as he shows signs of being good without any finished product to show yet. I think Femenia looks brilliant but Wague seems a strange one to me when Silva knew nothing of him.

Q: Who’s been the standout player so far?

Standout players have to be Doucoure and Chalobah for being a rock in midfield to build this team around although closely behind I’d say Kabasele, he made some ridiculous tackles and block and had a huge game at Brighton, been really impressed with him this year.

Q: How do you see the Hornets getting on this season and what are your personal expectations now?

I’d consider us top 10 candidates and if we can pick up some points along the way from the bigger teams who knows where but I feel there are plenty worse teams in this league than us.

How would you answer these questions Watford fans? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!