What’s going on at Watford?
Many fans of Premier League football are well within their rights to consider Watford as the surprise package so far this season. With many people of the opinion that the Hornets would go straight back down such as pundits: Danny Murphy, Stan Collymore, Alan Smith and Paul Merson who all predicted a 20th place finish. It’s too early to prove them wrong but it’s fair to say that the Hornets have had a good start to this year.
Even at the start of the season I was quite optimistic about this year, but if someone had offered me a 17th place finish for Watford I’d have taken it in a flash. However, the Hornets currently sit mid table with 16 points from 11 games, a start that is way better than I could have ever expected. It’s not only the points that matter, it’s the story of each and every one of those 11 games that fills me with optimism. Watford have won 4 games drawn 4 games and lost only 3 of their 11 games. A good start for a team widely expected to finish rock bottom this year. The 3 losses came against high-flying Arsenal, Manchester City and Crystal Palace, so these losses were perhaps to be expected. However, promisingly the Hornets have won in difficult games such as Swansea City at home, Stoke City on the road and against the in form West Ham United at home. The Hertfordshire club also beat Newcastle United away from home during Newcastle’s bad run of form.
What are pundits saying now?
I spoke earlier about the opinions of various football pundits but it seems many of them have changed their tune regarding Watford’s chances this season. Danny Murphy previously predicted that the Hornets would finish rock bottom due to the enormous amount of changes that the club went through over the summer. A fair enough statement at the time, but not so long ago Danny Murphy commented saying “ a new manager, 15 new players, you talk about needing stability but not with Watford.”
Jamie Carragher said that he was “surprised to see Watford in mid-table as he “thought they’d be down the bottom.” Carragher also stated that Watford have “given the impression that they are more streetwise,” than the other promoted clubs Bournemouth and Norwich City. Paul Merson is the last pundit I will speak of who said that Watford were “a banker” to lose away to Stoke City, a comment that Watford captain Troy Deeney brought up after the game.
Dare to dream?
I think it’s fair to say Quique Sanchez Flores, the Pozzos and the players have done incredibly well to have started so brilliantly. Performances on the pitch have surprised even the most expecting of Watford fans and it certainly is some of the best football I have seen at Vicarage Road in my lifetime. The Hornets seem to be getting better and better and although surviving this year in the Premier League is the main aim, I believe I am not the only Watford fan guilty of looking up the table rather than down at the bottom 3.
Hopefully Quique will continue to surprise everyone in a good way, well at least in a good way for Watford fans. However even I am not so bold to predict a win away at Leicester, but I wouldn’t put it past the men in yellow. Any Watford or indeed Premier League fans, feel free to reply to this article and leave your opinions….