With Watford boss Javi Gracia ill with the flu, the press spoke to his fellow Spaniard and Assistant First Team Coach Zigor Aranalde.
Aranalde told reporters that new signing Gerard Deulofeu has “delighted the club and that he is an excellent player and that it will be the manager’s decision where he plays”.
With the ex-Everton winger joining the Hornets, questions were asked about players that may be on their way out. Amid reports that Watford turned down a recent bid for Captain Troy Deeney from West Brom, Aranalde said “he’s a skipper and an important player who’s always trying”.
Ahead of a ‘cold night in Stoke’ tonight the assistant coach said that “we don’t care about the weather, we don’t care about any distractions, we are ready for the challenge and it’s the Premier League, that’s what it is… We are going to Stoke to win and the best players will be on the field.”
Over the course of the weekend transfer talk was forgotten and attention once again went back to the use of the Video Assistant Referee. The Spaniard said that “I come from a league where we have not got anything and so before having an opinion I will need to see if it affects us during a match. I think the technology is here to help and whether we use it one way or another, in my opinion it is very helpful”.
Following the confrontation between the fans and Watford defenders Holebas and Kabasele, Gracia’s assistant said that “I didn’t see anything, after the game I went straight inside, we didn’t speak about what happened, I didn’t know anything.”
Aranalde, who confirmed that Javi Gracia will be travelling with the team tomorrow night, has seemed to have settled in well, telling press that in his first week “I’ve enjoyed it one hundred per cent. I am here to enjoy it and improve the club and take the club forward”.
Picture Courtesy of Watford FC & Alan Cozzi