Gianfranco Zola focused on Watford's next two games ahead of transfer window opening

The January transfer window may open on Tuesday but Watford boss Gianfranco Zola has stated he will not think about improving his squad until after the next two matches.

The Hornets travel to Brighton & Hove Albion tomorrow before returning to Vicarage Road on New Year’s Day for a clash against Charlton Athletic.

Many sides will look to strengthen their squads throughout January and while Zola hasn’t ruled out that possibility, he insists the match against the Seagulls is currently the focus of his attention.

He said: “I am not even thinking about the transfer window. The priority is to get the two games out of the way then we can maybe start thinking about the possible things we could do to improve the team.

“But first of all, Saturday is a massive game for us so we have to concentrate on that.”

The Hornets travel to Brighton looking to build on their 2-0 victory against Nottingham Forest.

Neither side were in action on Boxing Day and Gus Poyet’s men haven’t played since their 2-2 draw with Millwall on December 18.

There are no fresh injury concerns for Watford but Marco Cassetti is suspended. Zola is expecting Fernando Forestieri to be available for selection after he trained yesterday.

The Hornets manager is anticipating an entertaining contest and a different test than what his players are used to.

The Italian explained: “It has all the ingredients to be a very good game. We will certainly want to do well and they will obviously do the same.

“I have been told it will nearly be a full house as well which means the supporters will be there and will make the game even better.”

He continued: “We are playing a side that is close to us [in the table] and it is going to be tough. They play in a way, especially at home, that sees them keep a lot of possession – as we like to do.

“So it is going to be a tough game for my team. We normally play sides who play differently to how we do but Brighton play in a similar way to how we do, so that will be a good test for us.

“I’m looking forward to it and it will be a pleasure to see Gus again and compete against him.”

Zola and Poyet are good friends after the duo spent four years playing together at Chelsea and the Brighton boss believes his former team-mate is doing a good job at Watford.

He said: “If I can’t win the league, if you ask me who I want to win the league it is Gianfranco Zola.

“As a player (at Chelsea) he was not even thinking about being a manager. I would imagine he was thinking more about being a professional golfer than a manager.

“But sometimes with football, like life, you don’t know where it takes you. Slowly he started watching football, then he got with the right people and they convinced him. He knows what he wants.

“He understands football in an unbelievable way. People were trying to find out if he could transmit that to the players and I think so far so good.”

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4:33pm Fri 28 Dec 12

WessexLad says...

You don't wait until the window opens to start thinking about who you might buy, so I'm sure that certain players will have been identified as potential targets.

That said, though, there is nothing that can be done immediately, so GZ is quite right to be focusing his efforts on the upcoming games.
You don't wait until the window opens to start thinking about who you might buy, so I'm sure that certain players will have been identified as potential targets. That said, though, there is nothing that can be done immediately, so GZ is quite right to be focusing his efforts on the upcoming games. WessexLad

4:47pm Fri 28 Dec 12

Bush Hornet says...

I really don't think we need anyone...do we?
I really don't think we need anyone...do we? Bush Hornet

5:20pm Fri 28 Dec 12

WFC4ever says...

Bush Hornet wrote:
I really don't think we need anyone...do we?
Depends who goes but anyone coming in would have to accept they won't be a starter.
[quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: I really don't think we need anyone...do we?[/p][/quote]Depends who goes but anyone coming in would have to accept they won't be a starter. WFC4ever

5:46pm Fri 28 Dec 12

WessexLad says...

Bush Hornet wrote:
I really don't think we need anyone...do we?
If Chalobar returns to Chelsea, that would leave a hole, even if Eustace returns. Then, I'd be more comfortable with more experienced cover for Almunia. But of course, it also depends on whether anyone we could afford, and who is better than what we have, becomes available.
[quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: I really don't think we need anyone...do we?[/p][/quote]If Chalobar returns to Chelsea, that would leave a hole, even if Eustace returns. Then, I'd be more comfortable with more experienced cover for Almunia. But of course, it also depends on whether anyone we could afford, and who is better than what we have, becomes available. WessexLad

6:23pm Fri 28 Dec 12

Watfordpete says...

Guess GZ doesn't need to worry about the window - Nani does that job!
Guess GZ doesn't need to worry about the window - Nani does that job! Watfordpete

6:33pm Fri 28 Dec 12

buckler says...

WessexLad wrote:
Bush Hornet wrote:
I really don't think we need anyone...do we?
If Chalobar returns to Chelsea, that would leave a hole, even if Eustace returns. Then, I'd be more comfortable with more experienced cover for Almunia. But of course, it also depends on whether anyone we could afford, and who is better than what we have, becomes available.
Trade secret , sshh Chalobar here for the year. Fact..
[quote][p][bold]WessexLad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: I really don't think we need anyone...do we?[/p][/quote]If Chalobar returns to Chelsea, that would leave a hole, even if Eustace returns. Then, I'd be more comfortable with more experienced cover for Almunia. But of course, it also depends on whether anyone we could afford, and who is better than what we have, becomes available.[/p][/quote]Trade secret , sshh Chalobar here for the year. Fact.. buckler

6:35pm Fri 28 Dec 12

PeteBogHorrorHornet says...

WFC4ever wrote:
Bush Hornet wrote:
I really don't think we need anyone...do we?
Depends who goes but anyone coming in would have to accept they won't be a starter.
And what if the Pozzo's get tempted by some big money bids coming in for the likes of Vydra, Abdi, Forestieri etc...?
[quote][p][bold]WFC4ever[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: I really don't think we need anyone...do we?[/p][/quote]Depends who goes but anyone coming in would have to accept they won't be a starter.[/p][/quote]And what if the Pozzo's get tempted by some big money bids coming in for the likes of Vydra, Abdi, Forestieri etc...? PeteBogHorrorHornet

6:42pm Fri 28 Dec 12

@ChrisBottom16 says...

Wojciech Pawłowski is all im saying.
Wojciech Pawłowski is all im saying. @ChrisBottom16

6:46pm Fri 28 Dec 12

goldenboy1993 says...

Gone of the days of all the big names leaving in jan, only replacement needed is leaving chalobah
Gone of the days of all the big names leaving in jan, only replacement needed is leaving chalobah goldenboy1993

6:47pm Fri 28 Dec 12

Baz loves porridge says...

It's ovbious that our target is promotion, and if we get into the PL, some of our players won't cut it.. So I won't be a surprise if we don't get some good players come along
It's ovbious that our target is promotion, and if we get into the PL, some of our players won't cut it.. So I won't be a surprise if we don't get some good players come along Baz loves porridge

6:52pm Fri 28 Dec 12

Travelling Hornet says...

@ChrisBottom16 wrote:
Wojciech Pawłowski is all im saying.
Udineses young goalkeeper?
What do you know Chris?
[quote][p][bold]@ChrisBottom16[/bold] wrote: Wojciech Pawłowski is all im saying.[/p][/quote]Udineses young goalkeeper? What do you know Chris? Travelling Hornet

7:00pm Fri 28 Dec 12

dmuz says...

PeteBogHorrorHornet wrote:
WFC4ever wrote:
Bush Hornet wrote:
I really don't think we need anyone...do we?
Depends who goes but anyone coming in would have to accept they won't be a starter.
And what if the Pozzo's get tempted by some big money bids coming in for the likes of Vydra, Abdi, Forestieri etc...?
No point in selling our best if there is £60m for potential promotion. Doesnt make business sense.

I imagine most transfer business has already been discussed internally about prior to now, so just wait and see if/who comes in.
[quote][p][bold]PeteBogHorrorHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WFC4ever[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: I really don't think we need anyone...do we?[/p][/quote]Depends who goes but anyone coming in would have to accept they won't be a starter.[/p][/quote]And what if the Pozzo's get tempted by some big money bids coming in for the likes of Vydra, Abdi, Forestieri etc...?[/p][/quote]No point in selling our best if there is £60m for potential promotion. Doesnt make business sense. I imagine most transfer business has already been discussed internally about prior to now, so just wait and see if/who comes in. dmuz

7:20pm Fri 28 Dec 12

lutondown says...

Bush Hornet wrote:
I really don't think we need anyone...do we?
Leave it aloan!
[quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: I really don't think we need anyone...do we?[/p][/quote]Leave it aloan! lutondown

7:21pm Fri 28 Dec 12

lutondown says...

goldenboy1993 wrote:
Gone of the days of all the big names leaving in jan, only replacement needed is leaving chalobah
Your misinformed. He's staying for season.
[quote][p][bold]goldenboy1993[/bold] wrote: Gone of the days of all the big names leaving in jan, only replacement needed is leaving chalobah[/p][/quote]Your misinformed. He's staying for season. lutondown

7:27pm Fri 28 Dec 12

jasonwatford says...

goldenboy is watfordogs old lady so he must know...pmsl...anyone who has knowledge knows he is staying because he wants too and chrisbottom has given you a name of someone coming in what more do you want !!!
goldenboy is watfordogs old lady so he must know...pmsl...anyone who has knowledge knows he is staying because he wants too and chrisbottom has given you a name of someone coming in what more do you want !!! jasonwatford

7:32pm Fri 28 Dec 12

holtonian says...

I do not believe Matej,Almen,Ikechi or Fernando have reached there full potential, so hardly see big enough offers being made just yet, Plus as correctly mentioned there is the huge promotion bonus to be taken if doing so.But the inevitable could occur if a club bid enough.And surely our owners would be entitled to re-coup then replenish.
I do not believe Matej,Almen,Ikechi or Fernando have reached there full potential, so hardly see big enough offers being made just yet, Plus as correctly mentioned there is the huge promotion bonus to be taken if doing so.But the inevitable could occur if a club bid enough.And surely our owners would be entitled to re-coup then replenish. holtonian

7:41pm Fri 28 Dec 12

jasonwatford says...

Piotr Zieliński..........
another gem to shoot us into prem league....whoops..di
d i say something ?
Piotr Zieliński.......... another gem to shoot us into prem league....whoops..di d i say something ? jasonwatford

7:41pm Fri 28 Dec 12

@ChrisBottom16 says...

Wojciech Palowowski:
- Polish
- Goalkeeper
- 19 Years Old
- 6 Foot 3 Inches
- 13 Stone ish.
- Signed For Udinese In January 2012
- Very Much In The Peter Scmeichel Role
- Played At Top Level In Poland
Highly Rated But At least 3rd Choice At Udinese
- The GK position is the one we need to strengthen... Bond and Bonham on the bench andalthough very promising, not enough if Almunia is injured.
- Nothin Concrete But Polish Mates Have Heard Rumours Back In Poland.
- Poss Coming On 6 Month Loan With A View To Staying On As No 1 Next Year.
- He Is Very Good, I'd Rate Him Better Than Ben Foster.
- Here Are Some Clips Of Him
http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=xUoSiN2tG
Kk
- Really Hope He Joins
Wojciech Palowowski: - Polish - Goalkeeper - 19 Years Old - 6 Foot 3 Inches - 13 Stone ish. - Signed For Udinese In January 2012 - Very Much In The Peter Scmeichel Role - Played At Top Level In Poland Highly Rated But At least 3rd Choice At Udinese - The GK position is the one we need to strengthen... Bond and Bonham on the bench andalthough very promising, not enough if Almunia is injured. - Nothin Concrete But Polish Mates Have Heard Rumours Back In Poland. - Poss Coming On 6 Month Loan With A View To Staying On As No 1 Next Year. - He Is Very Good, I'd Rate Him Better Than Ben Foster. - Here Are Some Clips Of Him http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=xUoSiN2tG Kk - Really Hope He Joins @ChrisBottom16

7:46pm Fri 28 Dec 12

@ChrisBottom16 says...

If that link dont work, type his name into YouTube and watch the 9:12 clip
If that link dont work, type his name into YouTube and watch the 9:12 clip @ChrisBottom16

8:03pm Fri 28 Dec 12

@ChrisBottom16 says...

jasonwatford wrote:
Piotr Zieliński..........

another gem to shoot us into prem league....whoops..di

d i say something ?
Another very good creative player who would stand out in this league!! My dream job is to go out to eatern europe and scout out there!
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: Piotr Zieliński.......... another gem to shoot us into prem league....whoops..di d i say something ?[/p][/quote]Another very good creative player who would stand out in this league!! My dream job is to go out to eatern europe and scout out there! @ChrisBottom16

8:21pm Fri 28 Dec 12

jasonwatford says...

pack ur bags chris.........lets go scouting
pack ur bags chris.........lets go scouting jasonwatford

8:32pm Fri 28 Dec 12

@ChrisBottom16 says...

jasonwatford wrote:
pack ur bags chris.........lets go scouting
sounds good to me bud! a lot of talent out in poland, slovinia, slovakia, serbia, armenia, albania, montenegro!
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: pack ur bags chris.........lets go scouting[/p][/quote]sounds good to me bud! a lot of talent out in poland, slovinia, slovakia, serbia, armenia, albania, montenegro! @ChrisBottom16

8:50pm Fri 28 Dec 12

KeithMercer says...

Is It ok if I come as well guys I can scout some women for the Watford ladies team .
I have it on good authority there is some serious talent out there !!
Is It ok if I come as well guys I can scout some women for the Watford ladies team . I have it on good authority there is some serious talent out there !! KeithMercer

10:37pm Fri 28 Dec 12

@ChrisBottom16 says...

KeithMercer wrote:
Is It ok if I come as well guys I can scout some women for the Watford ladies team .
I have it on good authority there is some serious talent out there !!
i promise you on my lifehaving spent the last 8 years working with Polish car valeters, your information is bang. on. models each and everyone of them, and the most lovliest people you could meet!
[quote][p][bold]KeithMercer[/bold] wrote: Is It ok if I come as well guys I can scout some women for the Watford ladies team . I have it on good authority there is some serious talent out there !![/p][/quote]i promise you on my lifehaving spent the last 8 years working with Polish car valeters, your information is bang. on. models each and everyone of them, and the most lovliest people you could meet! @ChrisBottom16

10:44pm Fri 28 Dec 12

lutondown says...

@ChrisBottom16 wrote:
KeithMercer wrote:
Is It ok if I come as well guys I can scout some women for the Watford ladies team .
I have it on good authority there is some serious talent out there !!
i promise you on my lifehaving spent the last 8 years working with Polish car valeters, your information is bang. on. models each and everyone of them, and the most lovliest people you could meet!
Dog!
[quote][p][bold]@ChrisBottom16[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KeithMercer[/bold] wrote: Is It ok if I come as well guys I can scout some women for the Watford ladies team . I have it on good authority there is some serious talent out there !![/p][/quote]i promise you on my lifehaving spent the last 8 years working with Polish car valeters, your information is bang. on. models each and everyone of them, and the most lovliest people you could meet![/p][/quote]Dog! lutondown

12:36am Sat 29 Dec 12

D.unstable says...

@ChrisBottom16 wrote:
Wojciech Palowowski:
- Polish
- Goalkeeper
- 19 Years Old
- 6 Foot 3 Inches
- 13 Stone ish.
- Signed For Udinese In January 2012
- Very Much In The Peter Scmeichel Role
- Played At Top Level In Poland
Highly Rated But At least 3rd Choice At Udinese
- The GK position is the one we need to strengthen... Bond and Bonham on the bench andalthough very promising, not enough if Almunia is injured.
- Nothin Concrete But Polish Mates Have Heard Rumours Back In Poland.
- Poss Coming On 6 Month Loan With A View To Staying On As No 1 Next Year.
- He Is Very Good, I'd Rate Him Better Than Ben Foster.
- Here Are Some Clips Of Him
http://www.youtube.c

om/watch?v=xUoSiN2tG

Kk
- Really Hope He Joins
Just watched the YouTube montage of this guy, difficult to judge without seeing him in a game. Imagine buying a Scott Loach off the back of a few decent looking saves on camera then realising you have a chump who doesn't communicate with his defenders or move off his line. So will reserve judgement.

I think Almunia still has a couple of years as No.1 even if promoted, but do need to look around for an 'experienced' back up.
[quote][p][bold]@ChrisBottom16[/bold] wrote: Wojciech Palowowski: - Polish - Goalkeeper - 19 Years Old - 6 Foot 3 Inches - 13 Stone ish. - Signed For Udinese In January 2012 - Very Much In The Peter Scmeichel Role - Played At Top Level In Poland Highly Rated But At least 3rd Choice At Udinese - The GK position is the one we need to strengthen... Bond and Bonham on the bench andalthough very promising, not enough if Almunia is injured. - Nothin Concrete But Polish Mates Have Heard Rumours Back In Poland. - Poss Coming On 6 Month Loan With A View To Staying On As No 1 Next Year. - He Is Very Good, I'd Rate Him Better Than Ben Foster. - Here Are Some Clips Of Him http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=xUoSiN2tG Kk - Really Hope He Joins[/p][/quote]Just watched the YouTube montage of this guy, difficult to judge without seeing him in a game. Imagine buying a Scott Loach off the back of a few decent looking saves on camera then realising you have a chump who doesn't communicate with his defenders or move off his line. So will reserve judgement. I think Almunia still has a couple of years as No.1 even if promoted, but do need to look around for an 'experienced' back up. D.unstable

7:35am Sat 29 Dec 12

wfc lad says...

anyone got a spare place in there car for man city ? need a lift :)
anyone got a spare place in there car for man city ? need a lift :) wfc lad

9:51am Sat 29 Dec 12

watford1881 says...

I think we do need cover in goal.. Only a very young keeper in reserve.. If we are pushing near the top & keeper gets injured we will need quality... Plus another good forward is never a bad thing...
I think we do need cover in goal.. Only a very young keeper in reserve.. If we are pushing near the top & keeper gets injured we will need quality... Plus another good forward is never a bad thing... watford1881

10:37am Sat 29 Dec 12

jasonwatford says...

chrisbottom...i was thinking more of australia....fiji...
jamaca...miami....!!
!!
chrisbottom...i was thinking more of australia....fiji... jamaca...miami....!! !! jasonwatford

11:31am Sat 29 Dec 12

thehornet35 says...

@ChrisBottom16 wrote:
Wojciech Palowowski:
- Polish
- Goalkeeper
- 19 Years Old
- 6 Foot 3 Inches
- 13 Stone ish.
- Signed For Udinese In January 2012
- Very Much In The Peter Scmeichel Role
- Played At Top Level In Poland
Highly Rated But At least 3rd Choice At Udinese
- The GK position is the one we need to strengthen... Bond and Bonham on the bench andalthough very promising, not enough if Almunia is injured.
- Nothin Concrete But Polish Mates Have Heard Rumours Back In Poland.
- Poss Coming On 6 Month Loan With A View To Staying On As No 1 Next Year.
- He Is Very Good, I'd Rate Him Better Than Ben Foster.
- Here Are Some Clips Of Him
http://www.youtube.c

om/watch?v=xUoSiN2tG

Kk
- Really Hope He Joins
By "Very much in the Peter Schmeichel Role" Im guessing you mean goalkeeper..........
..
[quote][p][bold]@ChrisBottom16[/bold] wrote: Wojciech Palowowski: - Polish - Goalkeeper - 19 Years Old - 6 Foot 3 Inches - 13 Stone ish. - Signed For Udinese In January 2012 - Very Much In The Peter Scmeichel Role - Played At Top Level In Poland Highly Rated But At least 3rd Choice At Udinese - The GK position is the one we need to strengthen... Bond and Bonham on the bench andalthough very promising, not enough if Almunia is injured. - Nothin Concrete But Polish Mates Have Heard Rumours Back In Poland. - Poss Coming On 6 Month Loan With A View To Staying On As No 1 Next Year. - He Is Very Good, I'd Rate Him Better Than Ben Foster. - Here Are Some Clips Of Him http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=xUoSiN2tG Kk - Really Hope He Joins[/p][/quote]By "Very much in the Peter Schmeichel Role" Im guessing you mean goalkeeper.......... .. thehornet35

11:54am Sat 29 Dec 12

AngelHornet says...

I can only see one, maybe two in on loan and half a dozen out
I can only see one, maybe two in on loan and half a dozen out AngelHornet

1:21pm Sat 29 Dec 12

bigthunder says...

Well if we really want to get up this season i can think of one player who would so fit into this team , works his n*ts off , scores goals , leads the line and still loves watford , unsettled at his present club and better than we have got presently and now has experience

welcome back Danny Graham . loan with a view to perm when promoted ?
nice thought
Well if we really want to get up this season i can think of one player who would so fit into this team , works his n*ts off , scores goals , leads the line and still loves watford , unsettled at his present club and better than we have got presently and now has experience welcome back Danny Graham . loan with a view to perm when promoted ? nice thought bigthunder

1:26pm Sat 29 Dec 12

bigthunder says...

bigthunder wrote:
Well if we really want to get up this season i can think of one player who would so fit into this team , works his n*ts off , scores goals , leads the line and still loves watford , unsettled at his present club and better than we have got presently and now has experience

welcome back Danny Graham . loan with a view to perm when promoted ?
nice thought
forgot to say would also put alot more bums on seats Mr Nani/Duxbury and is english so helps with the number of players in team who have to be from here

trying to convince you anyway would be a massively popular and strong signing !!!
[quote][p][bold]bigthunder[/bold] wrote: Well if we really want to get up this season i can think of one player who would so fit into this team , works his n*ts off , scores goals , leads the line and still loves watford , unsettled at his present club and better than we have got presently and now has experience welcome back Danny Graham . loan with a view to perm when promoted ? nice thought[/p][/quote]forgot to say would also put alot more bums on seats Mr Nani/Duxbury and is english so helps with the number of players in team who have to be from here trying to convince you anyway would be a massively popular and strong signing !!! bigthunder

2:03pm Sat 29 Dec 12

Harrydownunder says...

why are we always so focused on bringing old players back?
why are we always so focused on bringing old players back? Harrydownunder

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