Watford boss Gianfranco Zola praises impact of Ikechi Anya after pacey winger makes Championship return

Watford Observer: Ikechi Anya. Picture: Action Images Ikechi Anya. Picture: Action Images

Gianfranco Zola is relieved to have Ikechi Anya back to full fitness and says the Watford winger’s pace can make a big difference to the Hornets' creativity this season.

Anya suffered a calf injury and had not played for the Golden Boys since the start of November before returning to first-team action against Leeds United on Saturday.

The 25-year-old provided a constant threat on the counter-attack at Elland Road and Zola insists Anya’s pace can be a big boost for his team.

“Ikechi is a lively player,” Zola said after the 3-3 draw. “When you have him on the pitch he can transform the action.

“He can turn a chance for your opponents into a chance for you because of his pace.”

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1:22pm Tue 10 Dec 13

AngelHornet says...

Bellerin on one side and Anya the other is exactly what we need. If teams are going to defend in depth against us, getting around the back and stretching their defence is exactly what these two can do.
Bellerin on one side and Anya the other is exactly what we need. If teams are going to defend in depth against us, getting around the back and stretching their defence is exactly what these two can do. AngelHornet

2:05pm Tue 10 Dec 13

JohnnyBarnes says...

AngelHornet wrote:
Bellerin on one side and Anya the other is exactly what we need. If teams are going to defend in depth against us, getting around the back and stretching their defence is exactly what these two can do.
Big time.
It's a fear in the opposition that we might catch them on the counter that we're missing - they can attack at will knowing that we'll give them time to regroup if we win the ball back.
Anya's speed will at the very least make them a bit more wary.
[quote][p][bold]AngelHornet[/bold] wrote: Bellerin on one side and Anya the other is exactly what we need. If teams are going to defend in depth against us, getting around the back and stretching their defence is exactly what these two can do.[/p][/quote]Big time. It's a fear in the opposition that we might catch them on the counter that we're missing - they can attack at will knowing that we'll give them time to regroup if we win the ball back. Anya's speed will at the very least make them a bit more wary. JohnnyBarnes

2:44pm Tue 10 Dec 13

HemelHornet says...

JohnnyBarnes wrote:
AngelHornet wrote:
Bellerin on one side and Anya the other is exactly what we need. If teams are going to defend in depth against us, getting around the back and stretching their defence is exactly what these two can do.
Big time.
It's a fear in the opposition that we might catch them on the counter that we're missing - they can attack at will knowing that we'll give them time to regroup if we win the ball back.
Anya's speed will at the very least make them a bit more wary.
One big thing for Watford seems to be that we need to score first. Most games from what I've seen when we lose the first goal teams tend to sit back knowing that Watford play on the counter and we find it very difficult to get back in to the game.
[quote][p][bold]JohnnyBarnes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AngelHornet[/bold] wrote: Bellerin on one side and Anya the other is exactly what we need. If teams are going to defend in depth against us, getting around the back and stretching their defence is exactly what these two can do.[/p][/quote]Big time. It's a fear in the opposition that we might catch them on the counter that we're missing - they can attack at will knowing that we'll give them time to regroup if we win the ball back. Anya's speed will at the very least make them a bit more wary.[/p][/quote]One big thing for Watford seems to be that we need to score first. Most games from what I've seen when we lose the first goal teams tend to sit back knowing that Watford play on the counter and we find it very difficult to get back in to the game. HemelHornet

4:52pm Tue 10 Dec 13

ralear49 says...

next time Scotland calls him up for a meaningles friendly, do what the big clubs do and say "he is unavailable due to a niggle he got in training". :
next time Scotland calls him up for a meaningles friendly, do what the big clubs do and say "he is unavailable due to a niggle he got in training". : ralear49

5:09pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Johnny Ryden says...

AngelHornet wrote:
Bellerin on one side and Anya the other is exactly what we need. If teams are going to defend in depth against us, getting around the back and stretching their defence is exactly what these two can do.
I agree Angel, Bellerin on one side and Anya on the other and how about ANO down the middle, all with pace!
[quote][p][bold]AngelHornet[/bold] wrote: Bellerin on one side and Anya the other is exactly what we need. If teams are going to defend in depth against us, getting around the back and stretching their defence is exactly what these two can do.[/p][/quote]I agree Angel, Bellerin on one side and Anya on the other and how about ANO down the middle, all with pace! Johnny Ryden

7:11pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Smudger Jnr says...

Pass to Ikechi on the left hand side
Pass to Ikechi on the left hand side
Give him the ball and he'll be gone, gone, gone.
Give him the ball and he'll be going one-on-one
Pass to Ikechi on the left hand side Pass to Ikechi on the left hand side Give him the ball and he'll be gone, gone, gone. Give him the ball and he'll be going one-on-one Smudger Jnr

7:32pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Poppet Bear says...

Hopefully we can now start to get out of this rut we're in. We can't keep changing all these players every year. Different players, different style of play, it must be a nightmare for the coaches.
Hopefully we can now start to get out of this rut we're in. We can't keep changing all these players every year. Different players, different style of play, it must be a nightmare for the coaches. Poppet Bear

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