New Watford boss Giuseppe Sannino warns Troy Deeney chances could be limited early on

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Troy Deeney believes the Hornets will improve as an attacking side over the coming weeks but says Giuseppe Sannino has told him goalscoring chances may be “a bit thin for a while”.

Sannino took charge of Watford last week and is having to learn about his side during the festive fixtures – one of the busiest parts of the season.

The Italian’s reign got off to a solid start with a 1-1 draw at Ipswich Town on Saturday – a game in which Deeney scored – but the striker is aware opportunities to add to his tally could be hard to come by in the forthcoming matches.

Speaking after the Ipswich match, the striker said he will have to be clinical when a chance does come his way during what he described as a “transitional period”.

He said: “The new boss has been good enough to speak to me already and explained he will be working from the back so chances may be a bit thin for a while. So I need to take whatever comes my way.

“Over the coming weeks and months people will see a different side to us and we will improve as an attacking side.”

On Sannino, he added: “He likes to get his point across and he likes to keep everyone on their toes. The attention span was really high against Ipswich but he hasn’t been here a week yet so we can’t judge too much as yet.

“The new boss wants intensity and us moving as a unit and I think we did that [against Ipswich].”

The Hornets’ new head coach has apologised to his players for being unable to speak in English but Deeney said he must make an effort to learn Italian.

He said: “I have the Rosetta Stone out. The Italians are learning English so it is only right I try to learn Italian.”

Sannino replaced Gianfranco Zola at Watford and Deeney admitted the players were disappointed to see the Italian leave the club after 18 months in charge.

But he accepts managers and players leaving is part of football and added: “We did not have time to get too upset because the new gaffer was in the next day.

“I have spoken to Gianfranco and said thank you, it’s been a pleasure. He just said to me to crack on.

“It is important now that we leave that chapter behind us and move on. It is a busy period now and that will help us crack on.”

Deeney was Watford’s second highest scorer during their run to the Play-Off Final last season and found the net 20 times.

Whilst he endured a difficult spell a couple of months back, Deeney’s strike against Ipswich was his tenth of the season.

The forward netted on five occasions in the opening three matches and believes that excellent start has given the illusion that he has been struggling this season.

However, he says he will remain patient and believes more goals will come as the season progresses.

He explained: “I’m on ten goals before Christmas, which is not bad. It is only because I started so well that people now think I have fallen off a bit. But I still have ten goals so I’m going to crack on and see what happens.

“I don’t set targets. If I did then didn’t reach them, I would be in for a painful summer.

“I just have to keep going, continue to enjoy myself and remember where I was 18 months ago [in prison] and keep myself grounded.”

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10:16am Tue 24 Dec 13

jasonwatford says...

Deeney learning Italian ?? Has the wormed turned ?>
Deeney learning Italian ?? Has the wormed turned ?> jasonwatford

10:22am Tue 24 Dec 13

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

Depressing thought that our centre forward has to start learning Italian to communicate with players and manager !

I hope he means the chances will continue to be thin on the ground for a while rather than they are going to get even thinner on the ground. TD gets little enough service as it is recently, though he's been pretty clinical with the few chances he's had recently.
Depressing thought that our centre forward has to start learning Italian to communicate with players and manager ! I hope he means the chances will continue to be thin on the ground for a while rather than they are going to get even thinner on the ground. TD gets little enough service as it is recently, though he's been pretty clinical with the few chances he's had recently. Mickey Quinn, not so thin

10:27am Tue 24 Dec 13

HornetJJ says...

Mickey Quinn, not so thin wrote:
Depressing thought that our centre forward has to start learning Italian to communicate with players and manager !

I hope he means the chances will continue to be thin on the ground for a while rather than they are going to get even thinner on the ground. TD gets little enough service as it is recently, though he's been pretty clinical with the few chances he's had recently.
I think it is a good thing that Deeney is learning Italian. He obviously doesn't have to but the fact he wants to is good. Perhaps we should all try and learn a second language!
[quote][p][bold]Mickey Quinn, not so thin[/bold] wrote: Depressing thought that our centre forward has to start learning Italian to communicate with players and manager ! I hope he means the chances will continue to be thin on the ground for a while rather than they are going to get even thinner on the ground. TD gets little enough service as it is recently, though he's been pretty clinical with the few chances he's had recently.[/p][/quote]I think it is a good thing that Deeney is learning Italian. He obviously doesn't have to but the fact he wants to is good. Perhaps we should all try and learn a second language! HornetJJ

10:32am Tue 24 Dec 13

mellow yellow says...

Mickey Quinn, not so thin wrote:
Depressing thought that our centre forward has to start learning Italian to communicate with players and manager !

I hope he means the chances will continue to be thin on the ground for a while rather than they are going to get even thinner on the ground. TD gets little enough service as it is recently, though he's been pretty clinical with the few chances he's had recently.
How many different words are used during a game of football?! Can't be more than fifty. I'm sure Deeney can cope. After all, all the swear words are Anglo Saxon, eh, LD.!
[quote][p][bold]Mickey Quinn, not so thin[/bold] wrote: Depressing thought that our centre forward has to start learning Italian to communicate with players and manager ! I hope he means the chances will continue to be thin on the ground for a while rather than they are going to get even thinner on the ground. TD gets little enough service as it is recently, though he's been pretty clinical with the few chances he's had recently.[/p][/quote]How many different words are used during a game of football?! Can't be more than fifty. I'm sure Deeney can cope. After all, all the swear words are Anglo Saxon, eh, LD.! mellow yellow

10:41am Tue 24 Dec 13

G_Whiz says...

HornetJJ wrote:
Mickey Quinn, not so thin wrote:
Depressing thought that our centre forward has to start learning Italian to communicate with players and manager !

I hope he means the chances will continue to be thin on the ground for a while rather than they are going to get even thinner on the ground. TD gets little enough service as it is recently, though he's been pretty clinical with the few chances he's had recently.
I think it is a good thing that Deeney is learning Italian. He obviously doesn't have to but the fact he wants to is good. Perhaps we should all try and learn a second language!
Dlatego uczę się języka polskiego

Embrace those you work with!

COYH!
[quote][p][bold]HornetJJ[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mickey Quinn, not so thin[/bold] wrote: Depressing thought that our centre forward has to start learning Italian to communicate with players and manager ! I hope he means the chances will continue to be thin on the ground for a while rather than they are going to get even thinner on the ground. TD gets little enough service as it is recently, though he's been pretty clinical with the few chances he's had recently.[/p][/quote]I think it is a good thing that Deeney is learning Italian. He obviously doesn't have to but the fact he wants to is good. Perhaps we should all try and learn a second language![/p][/quote]Dlatego uczę się języka polskiego Embrace those you work with! COYH! G_Whiz

10:42am Tue 24 Dec 13

Watfordwes says...

While I like and understand Sannino's back to front plans you must expect him to continue with 3 - 5 - 2 that he played at Ipswich.

If Deeney/ anya/ fabbrini or forestieri / mcgugan or Murray play we will have 4 goal threats or chance providers.

Take out fabbrini or foresteiri as Zola did in last 3 games and play 4 - 5 - 1 and chances could really dry up as seen at burnley and Sheffield Wednesday (although not v Leeds)
While I like and understand Sannino's back to front plans you must expect him to continue with 3 - 5 - 2 that he played at Ipswich. If Deeney/ anya/ fabbrini or forestieri / mcgugan or Murray play we will have 4 goal threats or chance providers. Take out fabbrini or foresteiri as Zola did in last 3 games and play 4 - 5 - 1 and chances could really dry up as seen at burnley and Sheffield Wednesday (although not v Leeds) Watfordwes

10:52am Tue 24 Dec 13

SimmyB says...

HornetJJ wrote:
Mickey Quinn, not so thin wrote:
Depressing thought that our centre forward has to start learning Italian to communicate with players and manager !

I hope he means the chances will continue to be thin on the ground for a while rather than they are going to get even thinner on the ground. TD gets little enough service as it is recently, though he's been pretty clinical with the few chances he's had recently.
I think it is a good thing that Deeney is learning Italian. He obviously doesn't have to but the fact he wants to is good. Perhaps we should all try and learn a second language!
Or he may look to go to Italy...at some point.....
[quote][p][bold]HornetJJ[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mickey Quinn, not so thin[/bold] wrote: Depressing thought that our centre forward has to start learning Italian to communicate with players and manager ! I hope he means the chances will continue to be thin on the ground for a while rather than they are going to get even thinner on the ground. TD gets little enough service as it is recently, though he's been pretty clinical with the few chances he's had recently.[/p][/quote]I think it is a good thing that Deeney is learning Italian. He obviously doesn't have to but the fact he wants to is good. Perhaps we should all try and learn a second language![/p][/quote]Or he may look to go to Italy...at some point..... SimmyB

10:54am Tue 24 Dec 13

not a regular says...

“I have the Rosetta Stone out. The Italians are learning English so it is only right I try to learn Italian.”

And people were convinced he was a bad egg in the dressing room.
“I have the Rosetta Stone out. The Italians are learning English so it is only right I try to learn Italian.” And people were convinced he was a bad egg in the dressing room. not a regular

11:42am Tue 24 Dec 13

jasonwatford says...

If you went to Ipswich you would know he didn't play 3-5-2.......that was paper talk. We played mainly 4 at the back and looked a lot more solid esp with Manuel in goal
If you went to Ipswich you would know he didn't play 3-5-2.......that was paper talk. We played mainly 4 at the back and looked a lot more solid esp with Manuel in goal jasonwatford

11:46am Tue 24 Dec 13

gloryhornet4 says...

HornetJJ wrote:
Mickey Quinn, not so thin wrote:
Depressing thought that our centre forward has to start learning Italian to communicate with players and manager !

I hope he means the chances will continue to be thin on the ground for a while rather than they are going to get even thinner on the ground. TD gets little enough service as it is recently, though he's been pretty clinical with the few chances he's had recently.
I think it is a good thing that Deeney is learning Italian. He obviously doesn't have to but the fact he wants to is good. Perhaps we should all try and learn a second language!
For a second language I can recommend Roger's Profanasuarus. It will be on offer after Xmas as well.
[quote][p][bold]HornetJJ[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mickey Quinn, not so thin[/bold] wrote: Depressing thought that our centre forward has to start learning Italian to communicate with players and manager ! I hope he means the chances will continue to be thin on the ground for a while rather than they are going to get even thinner on the ground. TD gets little enough service as it is recently, though he's been pretty clinical with the few chances he's had recently.[/p][/quote]I think it is a good thing that Deeney is learning Italian. He obviously doesn't have to but the fact he wants to is good. Perhaps we should all try and learn a second language![/p][/quote]For a second language I can recommend Roger's Profanasuarus. It will be on offer after Xmas as well. gloryhornet4

11:51am Tue 24 Dec 13

ORBY says...

This is the right way to assemble a winning team Get the defence right and the rest of the pieces will fall into place. Give him time.
This is the right way to assemble a winning team Get the defence right and the rest of the pieces will fall into place. Give him time. ORBY

12:21pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Traceyhornet says...

jasonwatford wrote:
If you went to Ipswich you would know he didn't play 3-5-2.......that was paper talk. We played mainly 4 at the back and looked a lot more solid esp with Manuel in goal
Agreed. We were much better defensively
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: If you went to Ipswich you would know he didn't play 3-5-2.......that was paper talk. We played mainly 4 at the back and looked a lot more solid esp with Manuel in goal[/p][/quote]Agreed. We were much better defensively Traceyhornet

3:00pm Tue 24 Dec 13

bristol hornet says...

Baldy is following in the right footsteps of Dychey and Malky.

Burnley had a shocking defence before Sean went there. Look at them now!

And Malky built from the back to gain promo last season.

Come on Baldy, follow these two, and you are bound to succeed?
Baldy is following in the right footsteps of Dychey and Malky. Burnley had a shocking defence before Sean went there. Look at them now! And Malky built from the back to gain promo last season. Come on Baldy, follow these two, and you are bound to succeed? bristol hornet

4:51pm Tue 24 Dec 13

tonyevans22 says...

jasonwatford wrote:
If you went to Ipswich you would know he didn't play 3-5-2.......that was paper talk. We played mainly 4 at the back and looked a lot more solid esp with Manuel in goal
If you went to ipswich we played a 5-3-1-1..Fabs played behind deeney and the 2 wing backs played as a 5 at the back with No creative forward thinking.The match was Dire,Ipswich had 58% possession.This manager is not attack minded,he likes to play it tight at the back and squeeze the side together to Null the oppositions attacks and limit them to few chances.If your looking for bags of goals it don't seem likely with this new all out defensive look.Away from home maybe,but we got out of jail v Ipswich,but at home we have to make things happen and create chances,and take them chances.
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: If you went to Ipswich you would know he didn't play 3-5-2.......that was paper talk. We played mainly 4 at the back and looked a lot more solid esp with Manuel in goal[/p][/quote]If you went to ipswich we played a 5-3-1-1..Fabs played behind deeney and the 2 wing backs played as a 5 at the back with No creative forward thinking.The match was Dire,Ipswich had 58% possession.This manager is not attack minded,he likes to play it tight at the back and squeeze the side together to Null the oppositions attacks and limit them to few chances.If your looking for bags of goals it don't seem likely with this new all out defensive look.Away from home maybe,but we got out of jail v Ipswich,but at home we have to make things happen and create chances,and take them chances. tonyevans22

5:52pm Tue 24 Dec 13

ramage1996 says...

SimmyB wrote:
HornetJJ wrote:
Mickey Quinn, not so thin wrote:
Depressing thought that our centre forward has to start learning Italian to communicate with players and manager !

I hope he means the chances will continue to be thin on the ground for a while rather than they are going to get even thinner on the ground. TD gets little enough service as it is recently, though he's been pretty clinical with the few chances he's had recently.
I think it is a good thing that Deeney is learning Italian. He obviously doesn't have to but the fact he wants to is good. Perhaps we should all try and learn a second language!
Or he may look to go to Italy...at some point.....
This is a very good point, and why not? Him having the ambition to learn Italian is great and maybe he could then consider a move to a lower league Serie A team which would be a good move for him or even a top 8 team like Udinese.

Fair play Troy, if you read this website which I hope you dont, ignore the muppets.
[quote][p][bold]SimmyB[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HornetJJ[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mickey Quinn, not so thin[/bold] wrote: Depressing thought that our centre forward has to start learning Italian to communicate with players and manager ! I hope he means the chances will continue to be thin on the ground for a while rather than they are going to get even thinner on the ground. TD gets little enough service as it is recently, though he's been pretty clinical with the few chances he's had recently.[/p][/quote]I think it is a good thing that Deeney is learning Italian. He obviously doesn't have to but the fact he wants to is good. Perhaps we should all try and learn a second language![/p][/quote]Or he may look to go to Italy...at some point.....[/p][/quote]This is a very good point, and why not? Him having the ambition to learn Italian is great and maybe he could then consider a move to a lower league Serie A team which would be a good move for him or even a top 8 team like Udinese. Fair play Troy, if you read this website which I hope you dont, ignore the muppets. ramage1996

7:52pm Tue 24 Dec 13

lutondown says...

mellow yellow wrote:
Mickey Quinn, not so thin wrote:
Depressing thought that our centre forward has to start learning Italian to communicate with players and manager !

I hope he means the chances will continue to be thin on the ground for a while rather than they are going to get even thinner on the ground. TD gets little enough service as it is recently, though he's been pretty clinical with the few chances he's had recently.
How many different words are used during a game of football?! Can't be more than fifty. I'm sure Deeney can cope. After all, all the swear words are Anglo Saxon, eh, LD.!
They are indeed and we exercised a few of those on Saturday at the totally inept match officials
[quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mickey Quinn, not so thin[/bold] wrote: Depressing thought that our centre forward has to start learning Italian to communicate with players and manager ! I hope he means the chances will continue to be thin on the ground for a while rather than they are going to get even thinner on the ground. TD gets little enough service as it is recently, though he's been pretty clinical with the few chances he's had recently.[/p][/quote]How many different words are used during a game of football?! Can't be more than fifty. I'm sure Deeney can cope. After all, all the swear words are Anglo Saxon, eh, LD.![/p][/quote]They are indeed and we exercised a few of those on Saturday at the totally inept match officials lutondown

8:16pm Tue 24 Dec 13

AussieHornetsFan says...

Mickey Quinn, not so thin wrote:
Depressing thought that our centre forward has to start learning Italian to communicate with players and manager !

I hope he means the chances will continue to be thin on the ground for a while rather than they are going to get even thinner on the ground. TD gets little enough service as it is recently, though he's been pretty clinical with the few chances he's had recently.
I think its great he is making the effort to learn Italian as it also shows his team mates that he is making an effort for the 'unit'.
[quote][p][bold]Mickey Quinn, not so thin[/bold] wrote: Depressing thought that our centre forward has to start learning Italian to communicate with players and manager ! I hope he means the chances will continue to be thin on the ground for a while rather than they are going to get even thinner on the ground. TD gets little enough service as it is recently, though he's been pretty clinical with the few chances he's had recently.[/p][/quote]I think its great he is making the effort to learn Italian as it also shows his team mates that he is making an effort for the 'unit'. AussieHornetsFan

12:40am Fri 27 Dec 13

PozzoHornet says...

ramage1996 wrote:
SimmyB wrote:
HornetJJ wrote:
Mickey Quinn, not so thin wrote:
Depressing thought that our centre forward has to start learning Italian to communicate with players and manager !

I hope he means the chances will continue to be thin on the ground for a while rather than they are going to get even thinner on the ground. TD gets little enough service as it is recently, though he's been pretty clinical with the few chances he's had recently.
I think it is a good thing that Deeney is learning Italian. He obviously doesn't have to but the fact he wants to is good. Perhaps we should all try and learn a second language!
Or he may look to go to Italy...at some point.....
This is a very good point, and why not? Him having the ambition to learn Italian is great and maybe he could then consider a move to a lower league Serie A team which would be a good move for him or even a top 8 team like Udinese.

Fair play Troy, if you read this website which I hope you dont, ignore the muppets.
Udinese are 11th
[quote][p][bold]ramage1996[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SimmyB[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HornetJJ[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mickey Quinn, not so thin[/bold] wrote: Depressing thought that our centre forward has to start learning Italian to communicate with players and manager ! I hope he means the chances will continue to be thin on the ground for a while rather than they are going to get even thinner on the ground. TD gets little enough service as it is recently, though he's been pretty clinical with the few chances he's had recently.[/p][/quote]I think it is a good thing that Deeney is learning Italian. He obviously doesn't have to but the fact he wants to is good. Perhaps we should all try and learn a second language![/p][/quote]Or he may look to go to Italy...at some point.....[/p][/quote]This is a very good point, and why not? Him having the ambition to learn Italian is great and maybe he could then consider a move to a lower league Serie A team which would be a good move for him or even a top 8 team like Udinese. Fair play Troy, if you read this website which I hope you dont, ignore the muppets.[/p][/quote]Udinese are 11th PozzoHornet

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