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Almen Abdi impressed with Diego Fabbrini's quality after helping Watford salvage a draw at Reading
Almen Abdi believes Diego Fabbrini showed his quality during a game-changing display at Reading but says the forward might need adapt to the English game physically.
Fabbrini has impressed since he joined the club from Udinese in the summer and played an instrumental role in the Hornets salvaging a draw.
Watford were poor until Fabbrini's arrival from the bench an hour into the match and he won the penalty which led to his side's second goal before scoring the winner in the final minute of normal time.
Abdi and Fabbrini signed for Udinese in 2010, although Fabbrini spent the following season on loan at Empoli, and the midfielder said: "I've known him for around four years. He's a great player with great quality, especially with the ball.
"He's got very quick feet. Sometimes I wish he'd pass it a bit quicker and not hold onto it but he's a good player. When he came on you could see a lot of quality. He might have to work at it a bit, physically."
Abdi has been at Watford for more than a year; having been on loan last season before signing a three-year contract this summer.
The midfielder speaks English, French, German and Italian and has tried to help this summer's recruits settle in to life in England.
He said: "I help them out when I can as I was new here last year. We have a great team, a lot of foreign players and we have to help everybody.
"The club does everything for them (the new players); all the paperwork for the wives and girlfriends, searching for an apartment for example - apart from the football side of things when we (the players) try to help them."
Abdi was critical of Watford's first-half performance but believes they may have won the game if there had been another ten minutes.
He said: "A good start to the season is very good for the confidence. It's very good for us to come back from 3-1 down and score three goals in the second half but there are a lot of things we need to do better – we have to work in training every day."
He continued: "I don't know why we started slowly, especially in the first fifteen minutes. We started too slowly, moved the ball too slowly, gave it away too cheaply, they got confident and their crowd did too."
"After the first half we spoke and said that we have to play more aggressively in the second half and if we had ten minutes more, we could have won the game," Abdi added.
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