Watford’s entertainers, Ben Foster and ‘the best squad in the Premier League’ – talking points – Phil Spencer

Watford’s entertainers, Ben Foster and ‘the best squad in the Premier League’ – talking points – Phil Spencer

Watford showed that last week’s performance against Wolves was no fluke as they exceeded expectations with a one-sided win over Huddersfield.

Two world class strikes from Roberto Pereyra and Gerard Deulofeu set the Hornets on their way, before Isaac Success wrapped up the points with a good finish in the second half.

It was a complete performance, and as ever there’s plenty to discuss.

The entertainers

Where do you start with that first half performance?

After a nervy opening period which saw Huddersfield look like the more threatening of the two sides, Watford clicked into gear in breathtaking fashion.

Roberto Pereyra was first to get the crowd on the edge of their seats with a simply sublime goal that saw him weave his way around no less than five Huddersfield defenders before squeezing the ball under the keeper to give the Hornets the lead.

The fans at Vicarage Road were still stunned by what they had just witnessed when Gerard Deulofeu decided to get involved.

Seeing Pereyra’s effort almost as a challenge, the Spaniard turned the full-back inside-out as he left him for dead before smashing an unstoppable effort into the top corner from the most acute of angles.

These two goals really set the tempo for the first period as Will Hughes, Isaac Success and even Kiko Femenia played some quite outstanding attacking football – very much centred around passing and moving in the tighest of spaces.

It wasn’t just eye-catching, but it was also extremely effective as the Hornets could have added to their lead further.

The last two weeks have seen Watford really up their game in the attacking third, and it’s beginning to look like the return of former Barcelona man Gerard Deulofeu is really setting the tone for how Javi Gracia wants to play football.

Many will still see the club as little old Watford, but with the attacking talents of Deulofeu, Hughes and Pereyra at their disposal we may be about to witness a new and exciting era for the Hornets.

Isaac Success

The work of Deulofeu, Pereyra and Hughes was enough to blow Huddersfield away, but it wouldn’t have worked without Isaac Success.

Admittedly not as technically gifted as his previously mentioned teammates, the forward put in a really selfless display as he held up play, occupied defenders and played the ball into spaces for the midfield to exploit.

His first touch under pressure was outstanding and his link-up play, more often than not, was certainly on point.

It looked like a game where his desire to help the team would cost him some individual plaudits, but Success got his rewards when he finished a fine second half move.

Success is crucial to allowing those around him to play with the flair and creativity that they have during the last two weeks, and for me, his ability to offer something different makes him the number one striker at the club at present.

Ben Foster

We’ve hailed the attacking talents of the side, but one man who was equally impressive was the goalkeeper.

Huddersfield – although failing to get on the scoresheet again – caused Watford a lot of problems and really tested Ben Foster on four or five occasions.

The former England international pulled off some simply outstanding saves to deny the Terriers who tested him from inside the box and with a couple of long-range piledrivers.

It was possibly Foster’s best display since returning to the club, and huge credit has to go to him for answering the questions asked of him and playing his part in Watford’s all-round outstanding display.

Record breakers

It wasn’t just an excellent display on the day, but a performance to mark a significant occasion.

Watford’s victory over Huddersfield marked their best start to a top flight campaign in 36 years.

A tally of 19 points from 10 games puts the Hornets two points clear of the 17 point tally achieved by the club during the 1982-83 season.

While records can be disregarded quite easily, it’s worth noting that Watford went on to finish second in the league that season – something which, if replicated, would see them justifiably be regarded as one of the best in the country.

They couldn’t, could they?

‘The best squad in the Premier League’

The victory over the Terriers once again showed just how strong the depth of Watford’s squad actually is.

Javi Gracia is fiercely protective of his playing staff at Vicarage ROad and is always careful not to single any particular player out as he would prefer to hail the overall squad effort.

The Watford head coach has done an outstanding job of establishing a truly unique bond in the changing room which is based on his trust of each and every player – something which he has proved over recent weeks.

While other Premier League bosses might only truly trust 13-14 of their players, Gracia has shown this season that he regards 20+ members of his squad so highly that he’ll name them in the side with no qualms whatsoever.

His comments after the game quoted him as saying that he think they have the best squad in the Premier League, and it seems that in terms of quantity of players who can do a proper job for the team, he might be right.

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