As club football takes a break for a little while due to the international games I thought it would be a good time to open a discussion regarding the optimism around Vicarage Road. We are now 8 games into this Premier League season, the table is starting to take shape and most of the uncertainty over Watford’s summer business has been addressed in one way or another. So Watford fans my question to you is are you optimistic about what the future of this club holds?
Well here are 5 reasons why I personally am looking forward to the games ahead.
- 10 points on the board already
The first reason for fans to be optimistic is that Watford have got a total of 10 points already this season, taking just 8 games to accumulate that amount. The last two seasons in the top flight the Hornets took much longer to get to 10 points in total, with Aidy Boothroyd’s men needing 15 games and Graham Taylor’s side racking up 10 points in their first 14 matches. If Watford continued in this vein and got an average of 10 points in every 8 games then they would end the season with approximately 48 points if we round-up, a total I’m sure 99% of Watford fans would take right now. With many clubs in the Premier League fighting for that total of 40 points that is supposed to ensure safety, it’s good that the Hornets are on course at the moment and this should fill the fans at Vicarage Road with optimism. However it is worth noting that this sense of optimism shouldn’t lead to increased expectations.
2. Odion Ighalo racking up the goals
The form of Odion Ighalo is my second reason to be optimistic. It’s been well documented that the Nigerian has scored the most goals of any player in the top 4 divisions of English football in 2015 having netted 21 times so far this year. I would never have expected Ighalo to make the step up look so seamless but he has done exactly that by already scoring 5 goals in just 8 Premier League appearances. His red-hot form certainly bodes well for the future.
3. Strength at the back
Up next comes Watford’s strong defensive record so far this season. Having only conceded 7 goals in 8 games the Hornets look to be solid at the back, which has been helped by the strong performances from Heurelho Gomes, Sebastian Prodl, Craig Cathcart, Allan Nyom and Ikechi Anya. In addition the team haven’t conceded more than 2 goals in a game, and when they have, it was against 2 strong opponents in Manchester City and Everton, both away from home.
Hopefully Watford can continue to be strong at the back this season, as this will help them massively in achieving their aim of avoiding relegation.
4. The Hornets have only lost twice
Fourthly the fact that in 8 games the Hornets have only lost twice deserves a bit of optimism especially considering that the two losses came against Manchester City and Crystal Palace. I don’t think anybody was surprised by the loss to Manchester City, if anything a 2-0 loss to a team with Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and David Silva all starting was a satisfactory result. Especially given that the Sky Blues have scored 19 goals this season, 6 of which came against Newcastle United. Moreover losing to Crystal Palace away is nothing to be ashamed of given that under Pardew Palace have been very impressive and currently lie in 4th place.
5. The atmosphere
Last but certainly not least, what has filled me with optimism personally is the incredible support both away from home and at Vicarage Road. Obviously some good Watford performances have helped the atmosphere; such was the case at home to Swansea City and away at Everton. However even during more frustrating games such as the 0-0 draw to West Bromwich Albion and Southampton the atmosphere at home has been incredible. However I am not just talking about this year as last season I noticed a drastic improvement at games both at home and on the road. As Watford fans will know much of this is down to the 1881 movement, who have done an incredible job from the day they started and they deserve all the praise that comes their way.
So there we have it, my 5 reasons to be optimistic if you’re a Watford fan. Let me know your opinions on this matter and whether I have left out anything out that you feel optimistic about.