Watford forward Chris Iwelumo says the club's recruitment policy has been vindicated by current league position

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Veteran Watford striker Chris Iwelumo believes the club’s recruitment policy has been vindicated by their league position at this stage of the season.

The 34 year-old forward, who joined Oldham Athletic on-loan last week, told Sky Sports News that the influx of foreign loan signings has paid off so far.

"I think from last season there's probably two or three players that are still involved," he said.

"Jonathan Hogg's playing quite a bit, Yeatesy (Mark Yeates ) is in and out, (Nyron) Nosworthy's in and out.

"The rest are new players so it is a difficult one to take but we're doing well so you can't really complain.”

Watford’s summer recruitment drive, which saw them loan in 14 players and sign two more on a permanent basis, drew criticism from some fans of other clubs and pundits alike, but with Gianfranco Zola’s side sitting fourth in the Championship, it looks to have paid off.

Iwelumo certainly doesn’t have a grudge to bear with Zola, who used the former Burnley forward frequently, during the opening months of the season.

“He made me captain, I was captain for August and the full month of September. I started every match so it's just one of those things," he continued.

"The gaffer was brilliant with me. I can't fault him, he's been absolutely fantastic for me."

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12:02pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Wimbledonhorn says...

Good Pro. Good luck Chris.
Good Pro. Good luck Chris. Wimbledonhorn

12:05pm Wed 6 Feb 13

SAHornet says...

Yep, I agree. Decent human being and good with the youngsters apparently.
Yep, I agree. Decent human being and good with the youngsters apparently. SAHornet

12:06pm Wed 6 Feb 13

mimiperena says...

Always came across as a good pro such a shame Murray did not learn anything from him regards attitude and work ethic. Reminds me a lot of Mr C Powel wish him the best of luck and would not suprise me if he becomes good coach/manager one day.
Always came across as a good pro such a shame Murray did not learn anything from him regards attitude and work ethic. Reminds me a lot of Mr C Powel wish him the best of luck and would not suprise me if he becomes good coach/manager one day. mimiperena

12:13pm Wed 6 Feb 13

lutondown says...

If it was just about endeavour and heart, he'd be world class. Sadly it isn't.
Nonetheless good luck, The Lord loves a trier, and so do the fans.
If it was just about endeavour and heart, he'd be world class. Sadly it isn't. Nonetheless good luck, The Lord loves a trier, and so do the fans. lutondown

12:26pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Harry's Bar says...

Some fans of other clubs and pundits can do one!
When you hear these so called pundits spouting forth with their uninformed drivel it makes you want to weep. Claridge is one of the worst.
Some fans of other clubs and pundits can do one! When you hear these so called pundits spouting forth with their uninformed drivel it makes you want to weep. Claridge is one of the worst. Harry's Bar

2:00pm Wed 6 Feb 13

mooneysmagic says...

Emu either has a bad memory or he hasn't been watching the team lately. Deeney and Doyley are still actively involved in the first team.
Emu either has a bad memory or he hasn't been watching the team lately. Deeney and Doyley are still actively involved in the first team. mooneysmagic

2:03pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Bush Hornet says...

He mentioned Hogg, Yeates, Nos from last year but forgot to mention the most ubiquitous and celebrated Lloydinhio.

Anyway Chris Iwelumo is a true gentleman.
He mentioned Hogg, Yeates, Nos from last year but forgot to mention the most ubiquitous and celebrated Lloydinhio. Anyway Chris Iwelumo is a true gentleman. Bush Hornet

2:36pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Hornet123 says...

Harry's Bar wrote:
Some fans of other clubs and pundits can do one!
When you hear these so called pundits spouting forth with their uninformed drivel it makes you want to weep. Claridge is one of the worst.
Yes, it goes something like:
'Watford (who surprisingly dismissed Sean Dyche, after a creditable 11th place last season), are doing well at the moment (despite bringing in 14 loanees at the start of the season) and are established in the play-off places (although there is some disquiet in the game that this isn't good for the long-term health of English football).
Their (on-loan) striker Matej Vydra (who is being considered by several Premiership teams at the moment, including Spurs, West Ham and Southampton, as a summer signing) has scored 19 goals, and has been praised by manager Gianfranco Zola (a possible target for Chelsea who will be seeking to appoint a new manager - the fan's favourite has certainly started to turn a few heads).
A recent multi-passing move, resulted in possibly the goal of the season, against Huddersfield. (Or, as Steve Claridge was forced to admit "it wasn't a bad goal").
[quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: Some fans of other clubs and pundits can do one! When you hear these so called pundits spouting forth with their uninformed drivel it makes you want to weep. Claridge is one of the worst.[/p][/quote]Yes, it goes something like: 'Watford (who surprisingly dismissed Sean Dyche, after a creditable 11th place last season), are doing well at the moment (despite bringing in 14 loanees at the start of the season) and are established in the play-off places (although there is some disquiet in the game that this isn't good for the long-term health of English football). Their (on-loan) striker Matej Vydra (who is being considered by several Premiership teams at the moment, including Spurs, West Ham and Southampton, as a summer signing) has scored 19 goals, and has been praised by manager Gianfranco Zola (a possible target for Chelsea who will be seeking to appoint a new manager - the fan's favourite has certainly started to turn a few heads). A recent multi-passing move, resulted in possibly the goal of the season, against Huddersfield. (Or, as Steve Claridge was forced to admit "it wasn't a bad goal"). Hornet123

2:55pm Wed 6 Feb 13

lutondown says...

Hornet123 wrote:
Harry's Bar wrote:
Some fans of other clubs and pundits can do one!
When you hear these so called pundits spouting forth with their uninformed drivel it makes you want to weep. Claridge is one of the worst.
Yes, it goes something like:
'Watford (who surprisingly dismissed Sean Dyche, after a creditable 11th place last season), are doing well at the moment (despite bringing in 14 loanees at the start of the season) and are established in the play-off places (although there is some disquiet in the game that this isn't good for the long-term health of English football).
Their (on-loan) striker Matej Vydra (who is being considered by several Premiership teams at the moment, including Spurs, West Ham and Southampton, as a summer signing) has scored 19 goals, and has been praised by manager Gianfranco Zola (a possible target for Chelsea who will be seeking to appoint a new manager - the fan's favourite has certainly started to turn a few heads).
A recent multi-passing move, resulted in possibly the goal of the season, against Huddersfield. (Or, as Steve Claridge was forced to admit "it wasn't a bad goal").
Well captured of the downright hatred towards us. No bad thing, it creates a siege mentality.
[quote][p][bold]Hornet123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: Some fans of other clubs and pundits can do one! When you hear these so called pundits spouting forth with their uninformed drivel it makes you want to weep. Claridge is one of the worst.[/p][/quote]Yes, it goes something like: 'Watford (who surprisingly dismissed Sean Dyche, after a creditable 11th place last season), are doing well at the moment (despite bringing in 14 loanees at the start of the season) and are established in the play-off places (although there is some disquiet in the game that this isn't good for the long-term health of English football). Their (on-loan) striker Matej Vydra (who is being considered by several Premiership teams at the moment, including Spurs, West Ham and Southampton, as a summer signing) has scored 19 goals, and has been praised by manager Gianfranco Zola (a possible target for Chelsea who will be seeking to appoint a new manager - the fan's favourite has certainly started to turn a few heads). A recent multi-passing move, resulted in possibly the goal of the season, against Huddersfield. (Or, as Steve Claridge was forced to admit "it wasn't a bad goal").[/p][/quote]Well captured of the downright hatred towards us. No bad thing, it creates a siege mentality. lutondown

3:59pm Wed 6 Feb 13

hogweed says...

I think the recruitment policy of letting Iwelumo go is a great policy. Absolute plank of a player. I really hated him.

Hog out
I think the recruitment policy of letting Iwelumo go is a great policy. Absolute plank of a player. I really hated him. Hog out hogweed

4:16pm Wed 6 Feb 13

lutondown says...

hogweed wrote:
I think the recruitment policy of letting Iwelumo go is a great policy. Absolute plank of a player. I really hated him.

Hog out
What a plank of a comment. He did his best, we move on but remember where we come from.
[quote][p][bold]hogweed[/bold] wrote: I think the recruitment policy of letting Iwelumo go is a great policy. Absolute plank of a player. I really hated him. Hog out[/p][/quote]What a plank of a comment. He did his best, we move on but remember where we come from. lutondown

4:34pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Boosey says...

hogweed wrote:
I think the recruitment policy of letting Iwelumo go is a great policy. Absolute plank of a player. I really hated him. Hog out
I do believe you are referring to the dead wood which makes you Plank of the week!
[quote][p][bold]hogweed[/bold] wrote: I think the recruitment policy of letting Iwelumo go is a great policy. Absolute plank of a player. I really hated him. Hog out[/p][/quote]I do believe you are referring to the dead wood which makes you Plank of the week! Boosey

6:08pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Roger "Studs" Joslyn says...

mooneysmagic wrote:
Emu either has a bad memory or he hasn't been watching the team lately. Deeney and Doyley are still actively involved in the first team.
I also think Eustace would have got a lot more games had he not been injured very early in the season. He doesn't seem to be up to speed after his long lay off. Although the football we are playing now it would be hard for him to get back in the team even if he was firing on all cylinders.
[quote][p][bold]mooneysmagic[/bold] wrote: Emu either has a bad memory or he hasn't been watching the team lately. Deeney and Doyley are still actively involved in the first team.[/p][/quote]I also think Eustace would have got a lot more games had he not been injured very early in the season. He doesn't seem to be up to speed after his long lay off. Although the football we are playing now it would be hard for him to get back in the team even if he was firing on all cylinders. Roger "Studs" Joslyn

7:10pm Wed 6 Feb 13

lutondown says...

Boosey wrote:
hogweed wrote:
I think the recruitment policy of letting Iwelumo go is a great policy. Absolute plank of a player. I really hated him. Hog out
I do believe you are referring to the dead wood which makes you Plank of the week!
Plank? I'm here mate!
[quote][p][bold]Boosey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hogweed[/bold] wrote: I think the recruitment policy of letting Iwelumo go is a great policy. Absolute plank of a player. I really hated him. Hog out[/p][/quote]I do believe you are referring to the dead wood which makes you Plank of the week![/p][/quote]Plank? I'm here mate! lutondown

7:33pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Stoney77 says...

hogweed wrote:
I think the recruitment policy of letting Iwelumo go is a great policy. Absolute plank of a player. I really hated him.

Hog out
Any chance we could loan hogweed out somewhere?.....Luton maybe? Be good to see the back of him, if only til the end of the season. Never rated him, personally.
[quote][p][bold]hogweed[/bold] wrote: I think the recruitment policy of letting Iwelumo go is a great policy. Absolute plank of a player. I really hated him. Hog out[/p][/quote]Any chance we could loan hogweed out somewhere?.....Luton maybe? Be good to see the back of him, if only til the end of the season. Never rated him, personally. Stoney77

10:47pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Boosey says...

Congratulations to England tonight in beating Brazil. Now if Almunia had got his way and eventually played for England the result may have been different. So refreshing to see a keeper wait until the ball has been kicked when facing a penalty and the taker hit it really hard cos he gets paid for it.(private dig there). I rest my case.
Congratulations to England tonight in beating Brazil. Now if Almunia had got his way and eventually played for England the result may have been different. So refreshing to see a keeper wait until the ball has been kicked when facing a penalty and the taker hit it really hard cos he gets paid for it.(private dig there). I rest my case. Boosey

9:29am Thu 7 Feb 13

Banjo says...

I've got nothing against Iwelumo as a person however from a footballing point of view I do think it's lucky that this "striker" wasn't paid on goal bonus only contract.
I've got nothing against Iwelumo as a person however from a footballing point of view I do think it's lucky that this "striker" wasn't paid on goal bonus only contract. Banjo

10:15am Thu 7 Feb 13

Harry's Bar says...

Hornet123 wrote:
Harry's Bar wrote: Some fans of other clubs and pundits can do one! When you hear these so called pundits spouting forth with their uninformed drivel it makes you want to weep. Claridge is one of the worst.
Yes, it goes something like: 'Watford (who surprisingly dismissed Sean Dyche, after a creditable 11th place last season), are doing well at the moment (despite bringing in 14 loanees at the start of the season) and are established in the play-off places (although there is some disquiet in the game that this isn't good for the long-term health of English football). Their (on-loan) striker Matej Vydra (who is being considered by several Premiership teams at the moment, including Spurs, West Ham and Southampton, as a summer signing) has scored 19 goals, and has been praised by manager Gianfranco Zola (a possible target for Chelsea who will be seeking to appoint a new manager - the fan's favourite has certainly started to turn a few heads). A recent multi-passing move, resulted in possibly the goal of the season, against Huddersfield. (Or, as Steve Claridge was forced to admit "it wasn't a bad goal").
Claridge style preview of Friday's game :

Championship outfit Watford take on promotion chasing Crystal Palace on Friday. In form Palace will be looking to win to bolster their bid for automatic promotion, whilst Play off contenders Watford may rest players due to call ups to under 20 national squads this week. Watford will be looking to bounce back after losing to Bristol City last week. Palace meanwhile, after their win against Charlton on Saturday, and with Zaha and Murray banging in the goals, should be confident of taking the 3 points.
[quote][p][bold]Hornet123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: Some fans of other clubs and pundits can do one! When you hear these so called pundits spouting forth with their uninformed drivel it makes you want to weep. Claridge is one of the worst.[/p][/quote]Yes, it goes something like: 'Watford (who surprisingly dismissed Sean Dyche, after a creditable 11th place last season), are doing well at the moment (despite bringing in 14 loanees at the start of the season) and are established in the play-off places (although there is some disquiet in the game that this isn't good for the long-term health of English football). Their (on-loan) striker Matej Vydra (who is being considered by several Premiership teams at the moment, including Spurs, West Ham and Southampton, as a summer signing) has scored 19 goals, and has been praised by manager Gianfranco Zola (a possible target for Chelsea who will be seeking to appoint a new manager - the fan's favourite has certainly started to turn a few heads). A recent multi-passing move, resulted in possibly the goal of the season, against Huddersfield. (Or, as Steve Claridge was forced to admit "it wasn't a bad goal").[/p][/quote]Claridge style preview of Friday's game : Championship outfit Watford take on promotion chasing Crystal Palace on Friday. In form Palace will be looking to win to bolster their bid for automatic promotion, whilst Play off contenders Watford may rest players due to call ups to under 20 national squads this week. Watford will be looking to bounce back after losing to Bristol City last week. Palace meanwhile, after their win against Charlton on Saturday, and with Zaha and Murray banging in the goals, should be confident of taking the 3 points. Harry's Bar

4:36pm Thu 7 Feb 13

abbotshornet says...

If Zola knows his stuff now he must have done when he played big Chris at the start of the season, didn't score goals but led the line well I thought.
No sour grapes from CI, good luck for the future.
Big game tomorrow, let's hope we can play our best team and get a good win on the TV (Wow, 3 times on television this season). COYH
If Zola knows his stuff now he must have done when he played big Chris at the start of the season, didn't score goals but led the line well I thought. No sour grapes from CI, good luck for the future. Big game tomorrow, let's hope we can play our best team and get a good win on the TV (Wow, 3 times on television this season). COYH abbotshornet

5:53pm Thu 7 Feb 13

mk6 hornet says...

I am not worried what Steve Claridge thinks anyway who is he anyway..............
.......Yes i remember a journey footballer who didnt wear shin pads.
I am not worried what Steve Claridge thinks anyway who is he anyway.............. .......Yes i remember a journey footballer who didnt wear shin pads. mk6 hornet

8:18am Fri 8 Feb 13

corbindallas says...

Claridge sounds like a boring drone and can't think why he has a opinion on football better than anyone else, so he can spout what he likes the sooner we are Prem the sooner we don't hear from him anymore another reason for us to win tonight!
Claridge sounds like a boring drone and can't think why he has a opinion on football better than anyone else, so he can spout what he likes the sooner we are Prem the sooner we don't hear from him anymore another reason for us to win tonight! corbindallas

8:35am Fri 8 Feb 13

lutondown says...

corbindallas wrote:
Claridge sounds like a boring drone and can't think why he has a opinion on football better than anyone else, so he can spout what he likes the sooner we are Prem the sooner we don't hear from him anymore another reason for us to win tonight!
He was a poor player and even worse 'expert'
Now there's a contradiction for you ESH!
Was going to put theirs for you to pull apart, but couldn't be bothered.
[quote][p][bold]corbindallas[/bold] wrote: Claridge sounds like a boring drone and can't think why he has a opinion on football better than anyone else, so he can spout what he likes the sooner we are Prem the sooner we don't hear from him anymore another reason for us to win tonight![/p][/quote]He was a poor player and even worse 'expert' Now there's a contradiction for you ESH! Was going to put theirs for you to pull apart, but couldn't be bothered. lutondown

1:32pm Fri 8 Feb 13

1234566789 says...

Boosey wrote:
Congratulations to England tonight in beating Brazil. Now if Almunia had got his way and eventually played for England the result may have been different. So refreshing to see a keeper wait until the ball has been kicked when facing a penalty and the taker hit it really hard cos he gets paid for it.(private dig there). I rest my case.
You could not be any more wrong! As a former semi-pro goalkeeper and qualified goalkeeping coach, I can assure you that the best thing is to pick a direction and go. All pro keepers will study footage of the penalty takers of the opposition and have a good idea where they are going to go. If you wait, you are relying on a bad penalty to save it. If you go early and go the right way you have a much better chance of saving it and, with the research prior to the game, you should go the right way a fair portion of the time.
[quote][p][bold]Boosey[/bold] wrote: Congratulations to England tonight in beating Brazil. Now if Almunia had got his way and eventually played for England the result may have been different. So refreshing to see a keeper wait until the ball has been kicked when facing a penalty and the taker hit it really hard cos he gets paid for it.(private dig there). I rest my case.[/p][/quote]You could not be any more wrong! As a former semi-pro goalkeeper and qualified goalkeeping coach, I can assure you that the best thing is to pick a direction and go. All pro keepers will study footage of the penalty takers of the opposition and have a good idea where they are going to go. If you wait, you are relying on a bad penalty to save it. If you go early and go the right way you have a much better chance of saving it and, with the research prior to the game, you should go the right way a fair portion of the time. 1234566789

1:53pm Fri 8 Feb 13

Boosey says...

1234566789 wrote:
Boosey wrote: Congratulations to England tonight in beating Brazil. Now if Almunia had got his way and eventually played for England the result may have been different. So refreshing to see a keeper wait until the ball has been kicked when facing a penalty and the taker hit it really hard cos he gets paid for it.(private dig there). I rest my case.
You could not be any more wrong! As a former semi-pro goalkeeper and qualified goalkeeping coach, I can assure you that the best thing is to pick a direction and go. All pro keepers will study footage of the penalty takers of the opposition and have a good idea where they are going to go. If you wait, you are relying on a bad penalty to save it. If you go early and go the right way you have a much better chance of saving it and, with the research prior to the game, you should go the right way a fair portion of the time.
I had my way of playing and it worked for me. my reflexs were quick enough to use that method and without blowing my own trumpet some of those pens were well taken.
I believe in my method but how can you say it's wrong when it worked.
Never worked for England has it?
[quote][p][bold]1234566789[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boosey[/bold] wrote: Congratulations to England tonight in beating Brazil. Now if Almunia had got his way and eventually played for England the result may have been different. So refreshing to see a keeper wait until the ball has been kicked when facing a penalty and the taker hit it really hard cos he gets paid for it.(private dig there). I rest my case.[/p][/quote]You could not be any more wrong! As a former semi-pro goalkeeper and qualified goalkeeping coach, I can assure you that the best thing is to pick a direction and go. All pro keepers will study footage of the penalty takers of the opposition and have a good idea where they are going to go. If you wait, you are relying on a bad penalty to save it. If you go early and go the right way you have a much better chance of saving it and, with the research prior to the game, you should go the right way a fair portion of the time.[/p][/quote]I had my way of playing and it worked for me. my reflexs were quick enough to use that method and without blowing my own trumpet some of those pens were well taken. I believe in my method but how can you say it's wrong when it worked. Never worked for England has it? Boosey

5:00pm Fri 8 Feb 13

1234566789 says...

Boosey wrote:
1234566789 wrote:
Boosey wrote: Congratulations to England tonight in beating Brazil. Now if Almunia had got his way and eventually played for England the result may have been different. So refreshing to see a keeper wait until the ball has been kicked when facing a penalty and the taker hit it really hard cos he gets paid for it.(private dig there). I rest my case.
You could not be any more wrong! As a former semi-pro goalkeeper and qualified goalkeeping coach, I can assure you that the best thing is to pick a direction and go. All pro keepers will study footage of the penalty takers of the opposition and have a good idea where they are going to go. If you wait, you are relying on a bad penalty to save it. If you go early and go the right way you have a much better chance of saving it and, with the research prior to the game, you should go the right way a fair portion of the time.
I had my way of playing and it worked for me. my reflexs were quick enough to use that method and without blowing my own trumpet some of those pens were well taken.
I believe in my method but how can you say it's wrong when it worked.
Never worked for England has it?
Not saying it didn't work for you. But it would not work in professional football! If it did, why would keepers bother spending so much time doing prep on what way the penalty takers go? This isn't pub football
[quote][p][bold]Boosey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]1234566789[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boosey[/bold] wrote: Congratulations to England tonight in beating Brazil. Now if Almunia had got his way and eventually played for England the result may have been different. So refreshing to see a keeper wait until the ball has been kicked when facing a penalty and the taker hit it really hard cos he gets paid for it.(private dig there). I rest my case.[/p][/quote]You could not be any more wrong! As a former semi-pro goalkeeper and qualified goalkeeping coach, I can assure you that the best thing is to pick a direction and go. All pro keepers will study footage of the penalty takers of the opposition and have a good idea where they are going to go. If you wait, you are relying on a bad penalty to save it. If you go early and go the right way you have a much better chance of saving it and, with the research prior to the game, you should go the right way a fair portion of the time.[/p][/quote]I had my way of playing and it worked for me. my reflexs were quick enough to use that method and without blowing my own trumpet some of those pens were well taken. I believe in my method but how can you say it's wrong when it worked. Never worked for England has it?[/p][/quote]Not saying it didn't work for you. But it would not work in professional football! If it did, why would keepers bother spending so much time doing prep on what way the penalty takers go? This isn't pub football 1234566789

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