The future of Watford midfielder Cristian Battocchio remains unclear despite consecutive starts

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Cristian Battocchio’s immediate future remains unclear despite Beppe Sannino appearing to be a fan of the player; with the energetic Argentine starting the last two Watford matches.

Earlier this week Battocchio’s agent Claudio Vagheggi said he expected the 21-year-old to join Serie B side Padova on loan in “a matter of days” but the player started in yesterday’s match at Bournemouth.

The Hornets’ technical director Gian Luca Nani was quoted in Italy on Thursday as saying Alexander Merkel’s three-match suspension, which now has one game remaining, was a factor in the timing of when the player might go on loan and he also mentioned the club looking for other midfield replacements as another consideration.

Before yesterday’s match, sources had told us they still expected Battocchio to depart the club either next week or shortly afterwards.

But at Bournemouth, Lewis McGugan suffered a hamstring injury and fellow midfielder Iriney also went off with a problem, so that could impact on Watford’s decision regarding whether to allow Battocchio to depart – and if the answer is still yes, at what point he is allowed to go.

Beppe Sannino refuses to discuss the potential move in detail; reiterating that he is the head coach and technical director Gian Luca Nani looks after the recruitment side of the club.

Sannino was asked whether he wanted to keep Battocchio as part of his squad after yesterday’s match – as his recent selections have indicated.

The head coach answered: “I told you that if Battocchio is here and a Watford player then I will use all of the players available to me.

“I know we are in the transfer window but that is not my job. My job is to pick the players and be head coach. I will see what happens.

“What is important is that you agree with me that Cristian Battocchio played very well today.”

When asked if Battocchio’s future could be influenced by McGugan’s injury, Sannino replied: “McGugan picked up an injury and so did Iriney. Tomorrow is their day off and on Monday we will assess the injured players and the situation in general. Plus the club are doing their own assessments.

“I think the club’s supporters need that kind of pride [shown against Bournemouth] from us and the club are aware of the situation and on Monday we will discuss it.

“I am very happy with today; to have so many supporters in the stadium. It was fantastic for me.”

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8:05am Sun 19 Jan 14

barnsey11 says...

Great way to make a player feel wanted. Ridiculous situation. The lad has been in most matchday squads and should be told he's staying for the rest of the season and to fight for his place.
Great way to make a player feel wanted. Ridiculous situation. The lad has been in most matchday squads and should be told he's staying for the rest of the season and to fight for his place. barnsey11

9:45am Sun 19 Jan 14

a1derek says...

He should be playing anyway! Quality player and was instrumental in our great run last season.
He should be playing anyway! Quality player and was instrumental in our great run last season. a1derek

11:01am Sun 19 Jan 14

bigthunder says...

Anybody in any doubt who gets the players in should be very clear now , Zola at forum said he had a say , not sure I believe that myself , very clear sanninio does not if above is to be believed

So Mr Nani what is happening , time to earn you 200k + salary and deliver us quality replacements , how much longer do we have to wait for a striker who can put ball in the net it is 19th Jan already , games going by the week , 7 points of relegation focus very much on you !
Anybody in any doubt who gets the players in should be very clear now , Zola at forum said he had a say , not sure I believe that myself , very clear sanninio does not if above is to be believed So Mr Nani what is happening , time to earn you 200k + salary and deliver us quality replacements , how much longer do we have to wait for a striker who can put ball in the net it is 19th Jan already , games going by the week , 7 points of relegation focus very much on you ! bigthunder

12:09pm Sun 19 Jan 14

mellow yellow says...

bigthunder wrote:
Anybody in any doubt who gets the players in should be very clear now , Zola at forum said he had a say , not sure I believe that myself , very clear sanninio does not if above is to be believed

So Mr Nani what is happening , time to earn you 200k + salary and deliver us quality replacements , how much longer do we have to wait for a striker who can put ball in the net it is 19th Jan already , games going by the week , 7 points of relegation focus very much on you !
I would imagine the owners will have a major say in the job prospects of Nani, and possibly Duxbury, if player appropriate player recruitment (both in and out) continues to be, shall we say, a bit less than successful...
[quote][p][bold]bigthunder[/bold] wrote: Anybody in any doubt who gets the players in should be very clear now , Zola at forum said he had a say , not sure I believe that myself , very clear sanninio does not if above is to be believed So Mr Nani what is happening , time to earn you 200k + salary and deliver us quality replacements , how much longer do we have to wait for a striker who can put ball in the net it is 19th Jan already , games going by the week , 7 points of relegation focus very much on you ![/p][/quote]I would imagine the owners will have a major say in the job prospects of Nani, and possibly Duxbury, if player appropriate player recruitment (both in and out) continues to be, shall we say, a bit less than successful... mellow yellow

7:52pm Sun 19 Jan 14

GrahamTaylor says...

barnsey11 wrote:
Great way to make a player feel wanted. Ridiculous situation. The lad has been in most matchday squads and should be told he's staying for the rest of the season and to fight for his place.
Unfortunatly with 6 british players needed in the matchday squad Murray and McGugan seems certs to be involved then with Merkel and ANO coming in can see Bats falling further down the order unless we ca bring in good British players in the window
[quote][p][bold]barnsey11[/bold] wrote: Great way to make a player feel wanted. Ridiculous situation. The lad has been in most matchday squads and should be told he's staying for the rest of the season and to fight for his place.[/p][/quote]Unfortunatly with 6 british players needed in the matchday squad Murray and McGugan seems certs to be involved then with Merkel and ANO coming in can see Bats falling further down the order unless we ca bring in good British players in the window GrahamTaylor

7:20am Mon 20 Jan 14

Scullion says...

Shame. CB is class player and will be a real influence as he matures. He has never had the run of games he needs to grow confidence and develop.... Love his positivity and energy. Nani seems to be blind to recognising some of the talent already at the club. Boeteng? What does that do for us? Nothing in my opinion. CB a better bet than him.
Shame. CB is class player and will be a real influence as he matures. He has never had the run of games he needs to grow confidence and develop.... Love his positivity and energy. Nani seems to be blind to recognising some of the talent already at the club. Boeteng? What does that do for us? Nothing in my opinion. CB a better bet than him. Scullion

8:07am Mon 20 Jan 14

Goldenboy1960 says...

GrahamTaylor wrote:
barnsey11 wrote:
Great way to make a player feel wanted. Ridiculous situation. The lad has been in most matchday squads and should be told he's staying for the rest of the season and to fight for his place.
Unfortunatly with 6 british players needed in the matchday squad Murray and McGugan seems certs to be involved then with Merkel and ANO coming in can see Bats falling further down the order unless we ca bring in good British players in the window
It's not 6 British players, it's 6 players that have come through a British clubs clubs Youth system:
33.7 Home Grown Players. Each Club shall, with effect from the commencement of Season 2011/2012 be required to nominate a minimum of six Home Grown Players on their Team Sheet of Players for all League Competition Matches (including Play Off Matches).

33.8 'Home Grown Player' shall mean a Player who irrespective of his nationality or age, has been registered with:-
33.8.1 his current Club; and/or
33.8.2 a Club and/or any other football club affiliated to the Football Association or the Football Association of Wales,
for a period, continuous or not of three Seasons or 36 months prior to his 21st birthday (or the end of the Season during which he turns 21). For the purposes of this definition of Home Grown Player only, a Season will be deemed to commence on the date on which the first Transfer Window in that Season closes and expire on the date of the final League Match of the Season.
33.9 For the purposes of Regulation 33.8.2, but not otherwise, a Player who was at all times registered with a Club (or club) affiliated to the Football Association of Wales shall be treated as having been registered with a Club (or club) affiliated to The Football Association, and vice versa.
[quote][p][bold]GrahamTaylor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]barnsey11[/bold] wrote: Great way to make a player feel wanted. Ridiculous situation. The lad has been in most matchday squads and should be told he's staying for the rest of the season and to fight for his place.[/p][/quote]Unfortunatly with 6 british players needed in the matchday squad Murray and McGugan seems certs to be involved then with Merkel and ANO coming in can see Bats falling further down the order unless we ca bring in good British players in the window[/p][/quote]It's not 6 British players, it's 6 players that have come through a British clubs clubs Youth system: 33.7 Home Grown Players. Each Club shall, with effect from the commencement of Season 2011/2012 be required to nominate a minimum of six Home Grown Players on their Team Sheet of Players for all League Competition Matches (including Play Off Matches). 33.8 'Home Grown Player' shall mean a Player who irrespective of his nationality or age, has been registered with:- 33.8.1 his current Club; and/or 33.8.2 a Club and/or any other football club affiliated to the Football Association or the Football Association of Wales,
for a period, continuous or not of three Seasons or 36 months prior to his 21st birthday (or the end of the Season during which he turns 21). For the purposes of this definition of Home Grown Player only, a Season will be deemed to commence on the date on which the first Transfer Window in that Season closes and expire on the date of the final League Match of the Season. 33.9 For the purposes of Regulation 33.8.2, but not otherwise, a Player who was at all times registered with a Club (or club) affiliated to the Football Association of Wales shall be treated as having been registered with a Club (or club) affiliated to The Football Association, and vice versa. Goldenboy1960

8:22am Mon 20 Jan 14

Goldenboy1960 says...

Goldenboy1960 wrote:
GrahamTaylor wrote:
barnsey11 wrote:
Great way to make a player feel wanted. Ridiculous situation. The lad has been in most matchday squads and should be told he's staying for the rest of the season and to fight for his place.
Unfortunatly with 6 british players needed in the matchday squad Murray and McGugan seems certs to be involved then with Merkel and ANO coming in can see Bats falling further down the order unless we ca bring in good British players in the window
It's not 6 British players, it's 6 players that have come through a British clubs clubs Youth system:
33.7 Home Grown Players. Each Club shall, with effect from the commencement of Season 2011/2012 be required to nominate a minimum of six Home Grown Players on their Team Sheet of Players for all League Competition Matches (including Play Off Matches).

33.8 'Home Grown Player' shall mean a Player who irrespective of his nationality or age, has been registered with:-
33.8.1 his current Club; and/or
33.8.2 a Club and/or any other football club affiliated to the Football Association or the Football Association of Wales,
for a period, continuous or not of three Seasons or 36 months prior to his 21st birthday (or the end of the Season during which he turns 21). For the purposes of this definition of Home Grown Player only, a Season will be deemed to commence on the date on which the first Transfer Window in that Season closes and expire on the date of the final League Match of the Season.
33.9 For the purposes of Regulation 33.8.2, but not otherwise, a Player who was at all times registered with a Club (or club) affiliated to the Football Association of Wales shall be treated as having been registered with a Club (or club) affiliated to The Football Association, and vice versa.
Players available: Bond, Murray, Hall, Doyley, Deeney, Nosworthy, McGugan, Hoban, Reece Brown, Woods, O'Nien, Kyprianu, Mensah, Connor Smith, Ikpeazu.

Bellerin will become eligible this summer as he joined Arsenal in the summer of 2011. Of course George Thorne was eligible too.
[quote][p][bold]Goldenboy1960[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GrahamTaylor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]barnsey11[/bold] wrote: Great way to make a player feel wanted. Ridiculous situation. The lad has been in most matchday squads and should be told he's staying for the rest of the season and to fight for his place.[/p][/quote]Unfortunatly with 6 british players needed in the matchday squad Murray and McGugan seems certs to be involved then with Merkel and ANO coming in can see Bats falling further down the order unless we ca bring in good British players in the window[/p][/quote]It's not 6 British players, it's 6 players that have come through a British clubs clubs Youth system: 33.7 Home Grown Players. Each Club shall, with effect from the commencement of Season 2011/2012 be required to nominate a minimum of six Home Grown Players on their Team Sheet of Players for all League Competition Matches (including Play Off Matches). 33.8 'Home Grown Player' shall mean a Player who irrespective of his nationality or age, has been registered with:- 33.8.1 his current Club; and/or 33.8.2 a Club and/or any other football club affiliated to the Football Association or the Football Association of Wales,
for a period, continuous or not of three Seasons or 36 months prior to his 21st birthday (or the end of the Season during which he turns 21). For the purposes of this definition of Home Grown Player only, a Season will be deemed to commence on the date on which the first Transfer Window in that Season closes and expire on the date of the final League Match of the Season. 33.9 For the purposes of Regulation 33.8.2, but not otherwise, a Player who was at all times registered with a Club (or club) affiliated to the Football Association of Wales shall be treated as having been registered with a Club (or club) affiliated to The Football Association, and vice versa.[/p][/quote]Players available: Bond, Murray, Hall, Doyley, Deeney, Nosworthy, McGugan, Hoban, Reece Brown, Woods, O'Nien, Kyprianu, Mensah, Connor Smith, Ikpeazu. Bellerin will become eligible this summer as he joined Arsenal in the summer of 2011. Of course George Thorne was eligible too. Goldenboy1960

9:41am Mon 20 Jan 14

Harry's Bar says...

mellow yellow wrote:
bigthunder wrote:
Anybody in any doubt who gets the players in should be very clear now , Zola at forum said he had a say , not sure I believe that myself , very clear sanninio does not if above is to be believed

So Mr Nani what is happening , time to earn you 200k + salary and deliver us quality replacements , how much longer do we have to wait for a striker who can put ball in the net it is 19th Jan already , games going by the week , 7 points of relegation focus very much on you !
I would imagine the owners will have a major say in the job prospects of Nani, and possibly Duxbury, if player appropriate player recruitment (both in and out) continues to be, shall we say, a bit less than successful...
I thought when Saninno was appointed that it would be Nani who decides our season. I don't believe Zola had any real say in recruitment either and now Saninno has confirmed he has no say the pressure is on Nani. Does Pozzo trust Nani enough to back him with hard cash though, or as I suspect will it end with another Udinese/Granada player coming in?
[quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigthunder[/bold] wrote: Anybody in any doubt who gets the players in should be very clear now , Zola at forum said he had a say , not sure I believe that myself , very clear sanninio does not if above is to be believed So Mr Nani what is happening , time to earn you 200k + salary and deliver us quality replacements , how much longer do we have to wait for a striker who can put ball in the net it is 19th Jan already , games going by the week , 7 points of relegation focus very much on you ![/p][/quote]I would imagine the owners will have a major say in the job prospects of Nani, and possibly Duxbury, if player appropriate player recruitment (both in and out) continues to be, shall we say, a bit less than successful...[/p][/quote]I thought when Saninno was appointed that it would be Nani who decides our season. I don't believe Zola had any real say in recruitment either and now Saninno has confirmed he has no say the pressure is on Nani. Does Pozzo trust Nani enough to back him with hard cash though, or as I suspect will it end with another Udinese/Granada player coming in? Harry's Bar

10:05am Mon 20 Jan 14

Ronny oh Ronny Ronny says...

Goldenboy1960 wrote:
GrahamTaylor wrote:
barnsey11 wrote:
Great way to make a player feel wanted. Ridiculous situation. The lad has been in most matchday squads and should be told he's staying for the rest of the season and to fight for his place.
Unfortunatly with 6 british players needed in the matchday squad Murray and McGugan seems certs to be involved then with Merkel and ANO coming in can see Bats falling further down the order unless we ca bring in good British players in the window
It's not 6 British players, it's 6 players that have come through a British clubs clubs Youth system:
33.7 Home Grown Players. Each Club shall, with effect from the commencement of Season 2011/2012 be required to nominate a minimum of six Home Grown Players on their Team Sheet of Players for all League Competition Matches (including Play Off Matches).

33.8 'Home Grown Player' shall mean a Player who irrespective of his nationality or age, has been registered with:-
33.8.1 his current Club; and/or
33.8.2 a Club and/or any other football club affiliated to the Football Association or the Football Association of Wales,
for a period, continuous or not of three Seasons or 36 months prior to his 21st birthday (or the end of the Season during which he turns 21). For the purposes of this definition of Home Grown Player only, a Season will be deemed to commence on the date on which the first Transfer Window in that Season closes and expire on the date of the final League Match of the Season.
33.9 For the purposes of Regulation 33.8.2, but not otherwise, a Player who was at all times registered with a Club (or club) affiliated to the Football Association of Wales shall be treated as having been registered with a Club (or club) affiliated to The Football Association, and vice versa.
Love sucking eggs!
[quote][p][bold]Goldenboy1960[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GrahamTaylor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]barnsey11[/bold] wrote: Great way to make a player feel wanted. Ridiculous situation. The lad has been in most matchday squads and should be told he's staying for the rest of the season and to fight for his place.[/p][/quote]Unfortunatly with 6 british players needed in the matchday squad Murray and McGugan seems certs to be involved then with Merkel and ANO coming in can see Bats falling further down the order unless we ca bring in good British players in the window[/p][/quote]It's not 6 British players, it's 6 players that have come through a British clubs clubs Youth system: 33.7 Home Grown Players. Each Club shall, with effect from the commencement of Season 2011/2012 be required to nominate a minimum of six Home Grown Players on their Team Sheet of Players for all League Competition Matches (including Play Off Matches). 33.8 'Home Grown Player' shall mean a Player who irrespective of his nationality or age, has been registered with:- 33.8.1 his current Club; and/or 33.8.2 a Club and/or any other football club affiliated to the Football Association or the Football Association of Wales,
for a period, continuous or not of three Seasons or 36 months prior to his 21st birthday (or the end of the Season during which he turns 21). For the purposes of this definition of Home Grown Player only, a Season will be deemed to commence on the date on which the first Transfer Window in that Season closes and expire on the date of the final League Match of the Season. 33.9 For the purposes of Regulation 33.8.2, but not otherwise, a Player who was at all times registered with a Club (or club) affiliated to the Football Association of Wales shall be treated as having been registered with a Club (or club) affiliated to The Football Association, and vice versa.[/p][/quote]Love sucking eggs! Ronny oh Ronny Ronny

10:25am Mon 20 Jan 14

Hampshire hornet says...

Harry's Bar wrote:
mellow yellow wrote:
bigthunder wrote:
Anybody in any doubt who gets the players in should be very clear now , Zola at forum said he had a say , not sure I believe that myself , very clear sanninio does not if above is to be believed

So Mr Nani what is happening , time to earn you 200k + salary and deliver us quality replacements , how much longer do we have to wait for a striker who can put ball in the net it is 19th Jan already , games going by the week , 7 points of relegation focus very much on you !
I would imagine the owners will have a major say in the job prospects of Nani, and possibly Duxbury, if player appropriate player recruitment (both in and out) continues to be, shall we say, a bit less than successful...
I thought when Saninno was appointed that it would be Nani who decides our season. I don't believe Zola had any real say in recruitment either and now Saninno has confirmed he has no say the pressure is on Nani. Does Pozzo trust Nani enough to back him with hard cash though, or as I suspect will it end with another Udinese/Granada player coming in?
we have some very good players from those clubs - Thank You very much
[quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigthunder[/bold] wrote: Anybody in any doubt who gets the players in should be very clear now , Zola at forum said he had a say , not sure I believe that myself , very clear sanninio does not if above is to be believed So Mr Nani what is happening , time to earn you 200k + salary and deliver us quality replacements , how much longer do we have to wait for a striker who can put ball in the net it is 19th Jan already , games going by the week , 7 points of relegation focus very much on you ![/p][/quote]I would imagine the owners will have a major say in the job prospects of Nani, and possibly Duxbury, if player appropriate player recruitment (both in and out) continues to be, shall we say, a bit less than successful...[/p][/quote]I thought when Saninno was appointed that it would be Nani who decides our season. I don't believe Zola had any real say in recruitment either and now Saninno has confirmed he has no say the pressure is on Nani. Does Pozzo trust Nani enough to back him with hard cash though, or as I suspect will it end with another Udinese/Granada player coming in?[/p][/quote]we have some very good players from those clubs - Thank You very much Hampshire hornet

11:20am Mon 20 Jan 14

Hornets number 12 fan says...

This seems to be a real Cockeyed way to run a Football club!
This seems to be a real Cockeyed way to run a Football club! Hornets number 12 fan

11:54am Mon 20 Jan 14

Harry's Bar says...

Hampshire hornet wrote:
Harry's Bar wrote:
mellow yellow wrote:
bigthunder wrote:
Anybody in any doubt who gets the players in should be very clear now , Zola at forum said he had a say , not sure I believe that myself , very clear sanninio does not if above is to be believed

So Mr Nani what is happening , time to earn you 200k + salary and deliver us quality replacements , how much longer do we have to wait for a striker who can put ball in the net it is 19th Jan already , games going by the week , 7 points of relegation focus very much on you !
I would imagine the owners will have a major say in the job prospects of Nani, and possibly Duxbury, if player appropriate player recruitment (both in and out) continues to be, shall we say, a bit less than successful...
I thought when Saninno was appointed that it would be Nani who decides our season. I don't believe Zola had any real say in recruitment either and now Saninno has confirmed he has no say the pressure is on Nani. Does Pozzo trust Nani enough to back him with hard cash though, or as I suspect will it end with another Udinese/Granada player coming in?
we have some very good players from those clubs - Thank You very much
I'm in favour of the Udinese imports but they may need time to adjust to the English Championship and we need an immediate impact if we are to make the play offs.
[quote][p][bold]Hampshire hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigthunder[/bold] wrote: Anybody in any doubt who gets the players in should be very clear now , Zola at forum said he had a say , not sure I believe that myself , very clear sanninio does not if above is to be believed So Mr Nani what is happening , time to earn you 200k + salary and deliver us quality replacements , how much longer do we have to wait for a striker who can put ball in the net it is 19th Jan already , games going by the week , 7 points of relegation focus very much on you ![/p][/quote]I would imagine the owners will have a major say in the job prospects of Nani, and possibly Duxbury, if player appropriate player recruitment (both in and out) continues to be, shall we say, a bit less than successful...[/p][/quote]I thought when Saninno was appointed that it would be Nani who decides our season. I don't believe Zola had any real say in recruitment either and now Saninno has confirmed he has no say the pressure is on Nani. Does Pozzo trust Nani enough to back him with hard cash though, or as I suspect will it end with another Udinese/Granada player coming in?[/p][/quote]we have some very good players from those clubs - Thank You very much[/p][/quote]I'm in favour of the Udinese imports but they may need time to adjust to the English Championship and we need an immediate impact if we are to make the play offs. Harry's Bar

12:03pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Watford Man says...

This is just madness. Why are we getting rid of this player. He is very talented, full of positive energy, and a great personality to have around in the dressing room. He has a thunderous shot on him and can spit a defence in two with his passes, he both makes and scores goals. To get rid of this player is just madness, complete madness. Just what is going on a Watford.
This is just madness. Why are we getting rid of this player. He is very talented, full of positive energy, and a great personality to have around in the dressing room. He has a thunderous shot on him and can spit a defence in two with his passes, he both makes and scores goals. To get rid of this player is just madness, complete madness. Just what is going on a Watford. Watford Man

1:01pm Mon 20 Jan 14

abbotsrich says...

"Players available: Bond, Murray, Hall, Doyley, Deeney, Nosworthy, McGugan, Hoban, Reece Brown, Woods, O'Nien, Kyprianu, Mensah, Connor Smith, Ikpeazu. "
Also add Anya to that list - unfortunately with Merkel in and (hopefully) Abdi more involved - that guarantees that mcgugan, bond. Murray, deeny, anya and one of Hall, Nos or Doyley will be in the match day squad leaving little room even for Battocchio (and I prefer him to Murray - as much as it pains as someone who also went to Queens')
"Players available: Bond, Murray, Hall, Doyley, Deeney, Nosworthy, McGugan, Hoban, Reece Brown, Woods, O'Nien, Kyprianu, Mensah, Connor Smith, Ikpeazu. " Also add Anya to that list - unfortunately with Merkel in and (hopefully) Abdi more involved - that guarantees that mcgugan, bond. Murray, deeny, anya and one of Hall, Nos or Doyley will be in the match day squad leaving little room even for Battocchio (and I prefer him to Murray - as much as it pains as someone who also went to Queens') abbotsrich

2:45pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Goldenboy1960 says...

abbotsrich wrote:
"Players available: Bond, Murray, Hall, Doyley, Deeney, Nosworthy, McGugan, Hoban, Reece Brown, Woods, O'Nien, Kyprianu, Mensah, Connor Smith, Ikpeazu. "
Also add Anya to that list - unfortunately with Merkel in and (hopefully) Abdi more involved - that guarantees that mcgugan, bond. Murray, deeny, anya and one of Hall, Nos or Doyley will be in the match day squad leaving little room even for Battocchio (and I prefer him to Murray - as much as it pains as someone who also went to Queens')
We can of course play more than 6. I think Battocchio should be playing a lot more. He has great energy, heart and has a lot of ability. And he is still developing.
[quote][p][bold]abbotsrich[/bold] wrote: "Players available: Bond, Murray, Hall, Doyley, Deeney, Nosworthy, McGugan, Hoban, Reece Brown, Woods, O'Nien, Kyprianu, Mensah, Connor Smith, Ikpeazu. " Also add Anya to that list - unfortunately with Merkel in and (hopefully) Abdi more involved - that guarantees that mcgugan, bond. Murray, deeny, anya and one of Hall, Nos or Doyley will be in the match day squad leaving little room even for Battocchio (and I prefer him to Murray - as much as it pains as someone who also went to Queens')[/p][/quote]We can of course play more than 6. I think Battocchio should be playing a lot more. He has great energy, heart and has a lot of ability. And he is still developing. Goldenboy1960

3:42pm Mon 20 Jan 14

abbotsrich says...

Goldenboy1960 wrote:
abbotsrich wrote:
"Players available: Bond, Murray, Hall, Doyley, Deeney, Nosworthy, McGugan, Hoban, Reece Brown, Woods, O'Nien, Kyprianu, Mensah, Connor Smith, Ikpeazu. "
Also add Anya to that list - unfortunately with Merkel in and (hopefully) Abdi more involved - that guarantees that mcgugan, bond. Murray, deeny, anya and one of Hall, Nos or Doyley will be in the match day squad leaving little room even for Battocchio (and I prefer him to Murray - as much as it pains as someone who also went to Queens')
We can of course play more than 6. I think Battocchio should be playing a lot more. He has great energy, heart and has a lot of ability. And he is still developing.
My point is that with Abdi or Merkel in the team - most likely the bench will be

Murray or McGugan (need the homegrown players)
Forestieri or Fabrini
Ranegie
Anya, Faraoni or Pudil on the bench
Doyley or Nos (homegrown)
Bond (homegrown)
Iriney (assuming we sign another defensive Midfield)

Unless we get a homegrown player as a defensive midfielder I simply cannot see Battochio getting into the matchday squad regularly because of the homegrown rule, at this stage of development he needs games - so it is in his interests to be loaned out somewhere, so he is even better next season
[quote][p][bold]Goldenboy1960[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]abbotsrich[/bold] wrote: "Players available: Bond, Murray, Hall, Doyley, Deeney, Nosworthy, McGugan, Hoban, Reece Brown, Woods, O'Nien, Kyprianu, Mensah, Connor Smith, Ikpeazu. " Also add Anya to that list - unfortunately with Merkel in and (hopefully) Abdi more involved - that guarantees that mcgugan, bond. Murray, deeny, anya and one of Hall, Nos or Doyley will be in the match day squad leaving little room even for Battocchio (and I prefer him to Murray - as much as it pains as someone who also went to Queens')[/p][/quote]We can of course play more than 6. I think Battocchio should be playing a lot more. He has great energy, heart and has a lot of ability. And he is still developing.[/p][/quote]My point is that with Abdi or Merkel in the team - most likely the bench will be Murray or McGugan (need the homegrown players) Forestieri or Fabrini Ranegie Anya, Faraoni or Pudil on the bench Doyley or Nos (homegrown) Bond (homegrown) Iriney (assuming we sign another defensive Midfield) Unless we get a homegrown player as a defensive midfielder I simply cannot see Battochio getting into the matchday squad regularly because of the homegrown rule, at this stage of development he needs games - so it is in his interests to be loaned out somewhere, so he is even better next season abbotsrich

2:12pm Tue 21 Jan 14

tonyevans22 says...

Faraoni is on his way out as well..
Faraoni is on his way out as well.. tonyevans22

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