Watford boss Gianfranco Zola has faith that the new arrivals will adapt in England

This Is Local London: Gianfranco Zola believes the players signed have plenty of potential Gianfranco Zola believes the players signed have plenty of potential

When a player joins a new club, especially in a new country, it is easy to forget the dramatic change it causes on and off the pitch.

It is something Gianfranco Zola knows well. As a player the Watford boss spent the majority of his career in Italy before moving to Chelsea in 1996.

He made an immediate impact in English football but there are countless examples of players who have either adapted slowly to their new surroundings or failed to adjust entirely.

While some of Watford’s summer signings have settled on the pitch, it is unlikely all of the 16 arrivals will immediately find their feet in what is an uncompromising league.

It is also easy to forget that many of the loanees brought into Vicarage Road are young and still learning their craft - not to mention several of them had injury problems last season.

Zola admits it can be difficult when joining a new club but remains confident that the new players will adapt with time. “It is not easy for everybody,” the Watford boss explained. “But we think they have everything they need to become good footballers, so we try to play a system of football that will suit them and they are going to play well in.

“In football it’s not a logical thing sometimes but because of what we have seen on the training ground, we believe they can become important players for Watford.”

He continued: “They have the potential to become excellent, like the players that we have here already, such as Sean Murray, Connor Smith or Tommy Hoban - potentially they could be excellent.

“We just need to make sure that they become excellent and it is a similar story for players such as Neuton and Fernando Forestieri.

“We have a young team with a lot of potential.”

Due to injuries and fitness issues, there are still signings integrating themselves into the Watford squad.

It is something Zola acknowledges but he is confident the team will improve.

Zola was asked whether his team are where he wants it to be at this stage of the season.

He replied: “They are where I want them to be at times, we have not been able to maintain the same standard from the first minute to the 90th minute.

“At Brighton we did excellent for 30 minutes, then we had ten minutes where we lost it for a little bit, but we came back towards the end. Then the other day we did it for 55 to 60 minutes but then we dropped the standard. “The good thing about this is that the team are always creating a lot of opportunities and going forward we are doing very well, we just need to improve the other way. We need to improve our defending, not just the defenders only but as a whole team.”

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10:10am Tue 2 Oct 12

endean2 says...

will be very interestingto see the team for this evening, dont think that I could even hazard a guess as Zola seems to go left field a bit.
Great going forward but that defense is
a majour problem not helped by the ever changing faces we have.
I have a good feeling for tonight and those 3 points would be welcome.
COYH.
will be very interestingto see the team for this evening, dont think that I could even hazard a guess as Zola seems to go left field a bit. Great going forward but that defense is a majour problem not helped by the ever changing faces we have. I have a good feeling for tonight and those 3 points would be welcome. COYH. endean2

10:41am Tue 2 Oct 12

holtonian says...

It will take time, so i only hope our true supporters allow Gianfranco the time needed and not turn on him if results do not go our way. Only he knows the recovery rate of each player some need longer than 3 or 4 days after a match.It is a fact that to rotate is the way to go clearly all the big clubs of europe show this.Whatever side he chooses we know that football will be played by our squad.
It will take time, so i only hope our true supporters allow Gianfranco the time needed and not turn on him if results do not go our way. Only he knows the recovery rate of each player some need longer than 3 or 4 days after a match.It is a fact that to rotate is the way to go clearly all the big clubs of europe show this.Whatever side he chooses we know that football will be played by our squad. holtonian

10:48am Tue 2 Oct 12

Casterbridge says...

To be fair, much of the chopping and changing has been enforced, eg Vydra and Nosworthy. Let's be grateful that we have a quality bench.

I hope Deeney is fit enough to play two full games in 4 days, but if not it would be interesting to see Forestieri feeding off Iwelumo's knock-downs.
To be fair, much of the chopping and changing has been enforced, eg Vydra and Nosworthy. Let's be grateful that we have a quality bench. I hope Deeney is fit enough to play two full games in 4 days, but if not it would be interesting to see Forestieri feeding off Iwelumo's knock-downs. Casterbridge

11:05am Tue 2 Oct 12

holtonian says...

Casterbridge wrote:
To be fair, much of the chopping and changing has been enforced, eg Vydra and Nosworthy. Let's be grateful that we have a quality bench.

I hope Deeney is fit enough to play two full games in 4 days, but if not it would be interesting to see Forestieri feeding off Iwelumo's knock-downs.
Good point.So many options now.
[quote][p][bold]Casterbridge[/bold] wrote: To be fair, much of the chopping and changing has been enforced, eg Vydra and Nosworthy. Let's be grateful that we have a quality bench. I hope Deeney is fit enough to play two full games in 4 days, but if not it would be interesting to see Forestieri feeding off Iwelumo's knock-downs.[/p][/quote]Good point.So many options now. holtonian

12:09pm Tue 2 Oct 12

DuffmanWFC says...

Yeah it's good to have a squad that's not bare thin! This is a 50-56 game season so if a player only plays in half the games he still has lots of opportunities to impress!
Yeah it's good to have a squad that's not bare thin! This is a 50-56 game season so if a player only plays in half the games he still has lots of opportunities to impress! DuffmanWFC

2:07pm Tue 2 Oct 12

lutondown says...

It's good to come onto a thread, look at the posts and think ah I'm among proper fans!
It kind of answers those who ask what our regular 11 is, well the answer is there is not, it's a squad effort now.
Good point about the whole team coming up to scratch defensively.
It's good to come onto a thread, look at the posts and think ah I'm among proper fans! It kind of answers those who ask what our regular 11 is, well the answer is there is not, it's a squad effort now. Good point about the whole team coming up to scratch defensively. lutondown

3:20pm Tue 2 Oct 12

PeteBogHorrorHornet says...

One of the many advantages of having such a huge :-) squad is that players carrying slight niggles can be rested for a game unlike in previous seasons that player would have been forced to play through the injury and not given the time to recover.
One of the many advantages of having such a huge :-) squad is that players carrying slight niggles can be rested for a game unlike in previous seasons that player would have been forced to play through the injury and not given the time to recover. PeteBogHorrorHornet

3:20pm Tue 2 Oct 12

Only 2 Ross Jenkins says...

So far, Zola seems to have created a positive team spirit, despite some results not quite going to plan and loads of players to keep happy. Our foreign legion clearly do care just as much as the so called "local" lads - and act professionally as a result.
So far, Zola seems to have created a positive team spirit, despite some results not quite going to plan and loads of players to keep happy. Our foreign legion clearly do care just as much as the so called "local" lads - and act professionally as a result. Only 2 Ross Jenkins

4:30pm Tue 2 Oct 12

Travelling Hornet says...

It's good to read positive posts, because if everyone is pulling in the right direction and doing their bit , whether they are fans or players it will be easier to achieve our goal
It will take a huge amount of hard graft and there will be disapointments along the way.
We're all in this together and surely we all want the same thing!
It's good to read positive posts, because if everyone is pulling in the right direction and doing their bit , whether they are fans or players it will be easier to achieve our goal It will take a huge amount of hard graft and there will be disapointments along the way. We're all in this together and surely we all want the same thing! Travelling Hornet

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