Watford boss Beppe Sannino wants to keep home-grown youngster Luke O'Nien to maintain 'spirit of belonging'

Watford Observer: Luke O'Nien came through the ranks at Watford. Picture: Action Images Luke O'Nien came through the ranks at Watford. Picture: Action Images

Beppe Sannino wants Watford youngster Luke O'Nien to remain at the Hornets because he believes it is important to keep players who have a "spirit of belonging" to the club.

O'Nien, 19, came through the academy set-up at Watford before signing his first professional contract with the club last summer.

The midfielder is yet to play a competitive match for the first-team but when asked if he would consider letting O'Nien go out on loan, Sannino was clear.

“I want Luke O’Nien here," the Hornets head coach said.

"When I joined this club the spirit of belonging to Watford was important for me, even though I’m not British.

“And Luke, even though he is young, is like that. It is very satisfying to see him so strongly part of the club on and off the pitch."

“It’s like Lloyd Doyley for his long service - they are two players but one is young and the other is experienced but they both represent something that all the players should have, they live their lives for Watford.”

The Hornets let Bernard Mensah go on loan to Braintree last week and a deal was finalised on Monday for Uche Ikpeazu to join Crew Alexandra until the end of the season.

Sannino insists Ikpeazu is still part of his long-term plans but believes the 18-year-old needs regular football to aid his devlopment.

“I want to him play as much as possible and come back and help us in the future," Sannino said.

“Uche is a young player even if he looks like a big man. He needs to play because he needs to improve and gain experience."

 

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1:32pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Hornet Cornet says...

I entered the spirit of bonging when I was on holiday once. Tripoli, 1997 i think it was....
I entered the spirit of bonging when I was on holiday once. Tripoli, 1997 i think it was.... Hornet Cornet

1:44pm Tue 14 Jan 14

miked2006 says...

Does Mensah not belong then?
Does Mensah not belong then? miked2006

1:49pm Tue 14 Jan 14

rousman 2 says...

Strange very strange.
Strange very strange. rousman 2

2:07pm Tue 14 Jan 14

@julesmckenzie says...

rousman 2 wrote:
Strange very strange.
You think so??

I thought it was a nice sentiment. =/
[quote][p][bold]rousman 2[/bold] wrote: Strange very strange.[/p][/quote]You think so?? I thought it was a nice sentiment. =/ @julesmckenzie

2:09pm Tue 14 Jan 14

soulfulhornet says...

Obviously Sannino's has seen something in Luke's work on the training ground that he likes. As regards Mensah going to Braintree. it is for him to get some game time at senior (age) level - anyway his loan is only until 16 Feb according to the WO.

In the case of Ikpeazu, he appears to be a raw diamond who needs testing at a lower level hence Crewe. Apparently Crewe play a direct style so his height and strength might be an asset, but his rawness and apparent lack of first touch will be less exposed than it would be in a passing side like ours. Good experience for him, given Dario Gradi being at Crewe.

Last week the WO reported that WFC were in the market for a goalscorer - a Vydra (or Kevin Phillips in his prime) type player who plays off the last defender and has pace. But the pertinent word is 'goalscorer' , now that the defence is much tighter, we need someone who can score even when they only get 1 or 2 chances per match.


So far the Pozzos have identified the weaknesses and requirements going forward and tried to address them:

1) defensive coaching shortfall
2) Merkel in for creativity if Abdi does not recover
3) young British players going on loan to clubs with good development coaches, Smith (Peter Taylor), Ikpeazu (Gradi)
4) Deeney needing help with physicality of Championship hence Ranegie.
5) goalscorer next???????

Well, they have been true to their word to date, on and off the field. Or Have they!
Obviously Sannino's has seen something in Luke's work on the training ground that he likes. As regards Mensah going to Braintree. it is for him to get some game time at senior (age) level - anyway his loan is only until 16 Feb according to the WO. In the case of Ikpeazu, he appears to be a raw diamond who needs testing at a lower level hence Crewe. Apparently Crewe play a direct style so his height and strength might be an asset, but his rawness and apparent lack of first touch will be less exposed than it would be in a passing side like ours. Good experience for him, given Dario Gradi being at Crewe. Last week the WO reported that WFC were in the market for a goalscorer - a Vydra (or Kevin Phillips in his prime) type player who plays off the last defender and has pace. But the pertinent word is 'goalscorer' , now that the defence is much tighter, we need someone who can score even when they only get 1 or 2 chances per match. So far the Pozzos have identified the weaknesses and requirements going forward and tried to address them: 1) defensive coaching shortfall 2) Merkel in for creativity if Abdi does not recover 3) young British players going on loan to clubs with good development coaches, Smith (Peter Taylor), Ikpeazu (Gradi) 4) Deeney needing help with physicality of Championship hence Ranegie. 5) goalscorer next??????? Well, they have been true to their word to date, on and off the field. Or Have they! soulfulhornet

2:22pm Tue 14 Jan 14

francowatford says...

I think this report is a contradiction of what is happening. If he wants youth and especially Watford young players that have come through the ranks then keep them and give them a chance. The Pozzos are more than happy to play an imported player that has struggled with Seria A/B leagues but not give the likes of Ikpeazu a run out. IMO we are not scoring for fun so why not give the young guns a chance.
I think this report is a contradiction of what is happening. If he wants youth and especially Watford young players that have come through the ranks then keep them and give them a chance. The Pozzos are more than happy to play an imported player that has struggled with Seria A/B leagues but not give the likes of Ikpeazu a run out. IMO we are not scoring for fun so why not give the young guns a chance. francowatford

2:32pm Tue 14 Jan 14

bristol hornet says...

soulfulhornet wrote:
Obviously Sannino's has seen something in Luke's work on the training ground that he likes. As regards Mensah going to Braintree. it is for him to get some game time at senior (age) level - anyway his loan is only until 16 Feb according to the WO.

In the case of Ikpeazu, he appears to be a raw diamond who needs testing at a lower level hence Crewe. Apparently Crewe play a direct style so his height and strength might be an asset, but his rawness and apparent lack of first touch will be less exposed than it would be in a passing side like ours. Good experience for him, given Dario Gradi being at Crewe.

Last week the WO reported that WFC were in the market for a goalscorer - a Vydra (or Kevin Phillips in his prime) type player who plays off the last defender and has pace. But the pertinent word is 'goalscorer' , now that the defence is much tighter, we need someone who can score even when they only get 1 or 2 chances per match.


So far the Pozzos have identified the weaknesses and requirements going forward and tried to address them:

1) defensive coaching shortfall
2) Merkel in for creativity if Abdi does not recover
3) young British players going on loan to clubs with good development coaches, Smith (Peter Taylor), Ikpeazu (Gradi)
4) Deeney needing help with physicality of Championship hence Ranegie.
5) goalscorer next???????

Well, they have been true to their word to date, on and off the field. Or Have they!
Crewe do not play "direct" football!

They have always been of the passing teams in the lower leagues, and still are from what I have seen recently.

However, good luck to young Uche.
[quote][p][bold]soulfulhornet[/bold] wrote: Obviously Sannino's has seen something in Luke's work on the training ground that he likes. As regards Mensah going to Braintree. it is for him to get some game time at senior (age) level - anyway his loan is only until 16 Feb according to the WO. In the case of Ikpeazu, he appears to be a raw diamond who needs testing at a lower level hence Crewe. Apparently Crewe play a direct style so his height and strength might be an asset, but his rawness and apparent lack of first touch will be less exposed than it would be in a passing side like ours. Good experience for him, given Dario Gradi being at Crewe. Last week the WO reported that WFC were in the market for a goalscorer - a Vydra (or Kevin Phillips in his prime) type player who plays off the last defender and has pace. But the pertinent word is 'goalscorer' , now that the defence is much tighter, we need someone who can score even when they only get 1 or 2 chances per match. So far the Pozzos have identified the weaknesses and requirements going forward and tried to address them: 1) defensive coaching shortfall 2) Merkel in for creativity if Abdi does not recover 3) young British players going on loan to clubs with good development coaches, Smith (Peter Taylor), Ikpeazu (Gradi) 4) Deeney needing help with physicality of Championship hence Ranegie. 5) goalscorer next??????? Well, they have been true to their word to date, on and off the field. Or Have they![/p][/quote]Crewe do not play "direct" football! They have always been of the passing teams in the lower leagues, and still are from what I have seen recently. However, good luck to young Uche. bristol hornet

2:35pm Tue 14 Jan 14

soulfulhornet says...

francowatford wrote:
I think this report is a contradiction of what is happening. If he wants youth and especially Watford young players that have come through the ranks then keep them and give them a chance. The Pozzos are more than happy to play an imported player that has struggled with Seria A/B leagues but not give the likes of Ikpeazu a run out. IMO we are not scoring for fun so why not give the young guns a chance.
Because he is not ready for the Championship, as confirmed by many posters on this site and his coaches - the most important judges - who (unlike me) have seen him play. How many of those calling for Ikpeazu have seen him play ?

By the way the Pozzos may effect the signings, they do not pick the team, nor have I ever seen press comments re Udinese, Grenada or Watford to that effect. The head coach does.

I think we need to trust the new coaches; they seem to know what they are doing. Alright we lost on Saturday (should have been 0-0), when old defence lapses recurred i.e failure to defend a set piece properly. Sannino has stated he is building from the back and 3 goals (one a dubious penalty) in 5 games supports that - a better defensive record to date than his recent predecessors.

We now need to redress the problems that no Vydra and no Abdi has created upfront. I am confident they will by the end of the transfer window, but it takes time. Even Rodgers staretd at the back with us (and Swansea) and turned their attentions further forward thereafter.
[quote][p][bold]francowatford[/bold] wrote: I think this report is a contradiction of what is happening. If he wants youth and especially Watford young players that have come through the ranks then keep them and give them a chance. The Pozzos are more than happy to play an imported player that has struggled with Seria A/B leagues but not give the likes of Ikpeazu a run out. IMO we are not scoring for fun so why not give the young guns a chance.[/p][/quote]Because he is not ready for the Championship, as confirmed by many posters on this site and his coaches - the most important judges - who (unlike me) have seen him play. How many of those calling for Ikpeazu have seen him play ? By the way the Pozzos may effect the signings, they do not pick the team, nor have I ever seen press comments re Udinese, Grenada or Watford to that effect. The head coach does. I think we need to trust the new coaches; they seem to know what they are doing. Alright we lost on Saturday (should have been 0-0), when old defence lapses recurred i.e failure to defend a set piece properly. Sannino has stated he is building from the back and 3 goals (one a dubious penalty) in 5 games supports that - a better defensive record to date than his recent predecessors. We now need to redress the problems that no Vydra and no Abdi has created upfront. I am confident they will by the end of the transfer window, but it takes time. Even Rodgers staretd at the back with us (and Swansea) and turned their attentions further forward thereafter. soulfulhornet

2:36pm Tue 14 Jan 14

soulfulhornet says...

bristol hornet wrote:
soulfulhornet wrote: Obviously Sannino's has seen something in Luke's work on the training ground that he likes. As regards Mensah going to Braintree. it is for him to get some game time at senior (age) level - anyway his loan is only until 16 Feb according to the WO. In the case of Ikpeazu, he appears to be a raw diamond who needs testing at a lower level hence Crewe. Apparently Crewe play a direct style so his height and strength might be an asset, but his rawness and apparent lack of first touch will be less exposed than it would be in a passing side like ours. Good experience for him, given Dario Gradi being at Crewe. Last week the WO reported that WFC were in the market for a goalscorer - a Vydra (or Kevin Phillips in his prime) type player who plays off the last defender and has pace. But the pertinent word is 'goalscorer' , now that the defence is much tighter, we need someone who can score even when they only get 1 or 2 chances per match. So far the Pozzos have identified the weaknesses and requirements going forward and tried to address them: 1) defensive coaching shortfall 2) Merkel in for creativity if Abdi does not recover 3) young British players going on loan to clubs with good development coaches, Smith (Peter Taylor), Ikpeazu (Gradi) 4) Deeney needing help with physicality of Championship hence Ranegie. 5) goalscorer next??????? Well, they have been true to their word to date, on and off the field. Or Have they!
Crewe do not play "direct" football! They have always been of the passing teams in the lower leagues, and still are from what I have seen recently. However, good luck to young Uche.
In the past no, but reports from games in League One this season (on Talksport), they have.
[quote][p][bold]bristol hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]soulfulhornet[/bold] wrote: Obviously Sannino's has seen something in Luke's work on the training ground that he likes. As regards Mensah going to Braintree. it is for him to get some game time at senior (age) level - anyway his loan is only until 16 Feb according to the WO. In the case of Ikpeazu, he appears to be a raw diamond who needs testing at a lower level hence Crewe. Apparently Crewe play a direct style so his height and strength might be an asset, but his rawness and apparent lack of first touch will be less exposed than it would be in a passing side like ours. Good experience for him, given Dario Gradi being at Crewe. Last week the WO reported that WFC were in the market for a goalscorer - a Vydra (or Kevin Phillips in his prime) type player who plays off the last defender and has pace. But the pertinent word is 'goalscorer' , now that the defence is much tighter, we need someone who can score even when they only get 1 or 2 chances per match. So far the Pozzos have identified the weaknesses and requirements going forward and tried to address them: 1) defensive coaching shortfall 2) Merkel in for creativity if Abdi does not recover 3) young British players going on loan to clubs with good development coaches, Smith (Peter Taylor), Ikpeazu (Gradi) 4) Deeney needing help with physicality of Championship hence Ranegie. 5) goalscorer next??????? Well, they have been true to their word to date, on and off the field. Or Have they![/p][/quote]Crewe do not play "direct" football! They have always been of the passing teams in the lower leagues, and still are from what I have seen recently. However, good luck to young Uche.[/p][/quote]In the past no, but reports from games in League One this season (on Talksport), they have. soulfulhornet

4:13pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Goldenboy1960 says...

francowatford wrote:
I think this report is a contradiction of what is happening. If he wants youth and especially Watford young players that have come through the ranks then keep them and give them a chance. The Pozzos are more than happy to play an imported player that has struggled with Seria A/B leagues but not give the likes of Ikpeazu a run out. IMO we are not scoring for fun so why not give the young guns a chance.
Ikpeazu is nowhere near it. It would ruin him to put him in now. It will be an interesting challenge for him at Crewe....

Alkex Jukubiak is the one to watch.
[quote][p][bold]francowatford[/bold] wrote: I think this report is a contradiction of what is happening. If he wants youth and especially Watford young players that have come through the ranks then keep them and give them a chance. The Pozzos are more than happy to play an imported player that has struggled with Seria A/B leagues but not give the likes of Ikpeazu a run out. IMO we are not scoring for fun so why not give the young guns a chance.[/p][/quote]Ikpeazu is nowhere near it. It would ruin him to put him in now. It will be an interesting challenge for him at Crewe.... Alkex Jukubiak is the one to watch. Goldenboy1960

4:16pm Tue 14 Jan 14

francowatford says...

soulfulhornet wrote:
francowatford wrote:
I think this report is a contradiction of what is happening. If he wants youth and especially Watford young players that have come through the ranks then keep them and give them a chance. The Pozzos are more than happy to play an imported player that has struggled with Seria A/B leagues but not give the likes of Ikpeazu a run out. IMO we are not scoring for fun so why not give the young guns a chance.
Because he is not ready for the Championship, as confirmed by many posters on this site and his coaches - the most important judges - who (unlike me) have seen him play. How many of those calling for Ikpeazu have seen him play ?

By the way the Pozzos may effect the signings, they do not pick the team, nor have I ever seen press comments re Udinese, Grenada or Watford to that effect. The head coach does.

I think we need to trust the new coaches; they seem to know what they are doing. Alright we lost on Saturday (should have been 0-0), when old defence lapses recurred i.e failure to defend a set piece properly. Sannino has stated he is building from the back and 3 goals (one a dubious penalty) in 5 games supports that - a better defensive record to date than his recent predecessors.

We now need to redress the problems that no Vydra and no Abdi has created upfront. I am confident they will by the end of the transfer window, but it takes time. Even Rodgers staretd at the back with us (and Swansea) and turned their attentions further forward thereafter.
i trust the Pozzzo's but it's frustrating that we are sending out our young guns for all we know could do a job but then again and what we do not see is that maybe struggling when they are asked to train with the first team. I really hope the season does not filter out and turn into a damp affair. I trust Baldy and his Italian merry men.
[quote][p][bold]soulfulhornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]francowatford[/bold] wrote: I think this report is a contradiction of what is happening. If he wants youth and especially Watford young players that have come through the ranks then keep them and give them a chance. The Pozzos are more than happy to play an imported player that has struggled with Seria A/B leagues but not give the likes of Ikpeazu a run out. IMO we are not scoring for fun so why not give the young guns a chance.[/p][/quote]Because he is not ready for the Championship, as confirmed by many posters on this site and his coaches - the most important judges - who (unlike me) have seen him play. How many of those calling for Ikpeazu have seen him play ? By the way the Pozzos may effect the signings, they do not pick the team, nor have I ever seen press comments re Udinese, Grenada or Watford to that effect. The head coach does. I think we need to trust the new coaches; they seem to know what they are doing. Alright we lost on Saturday (should have been 0-0), when old defence lapses recurred i.e failure to defend a set piece properly. Sannino has stated he is building from the back and 3 goals (one a dubious penalty) in 5 games supports that - a better defensive record to date than his recent predecessors. We now need to redress the problems that no Vydra and no Abdi has created upfront. I am confident they will by the end of the transfer window, but it takes time. Even Rodgers staretd at the back with us (and Swansea) and turned their attentions further forward thereafter.[/p][/quote]i trust the Pozzzo's but it's frustrating that we are sending out our young guns for all we know could do a job but then again and what we do not see is that maybe struggling when they are asked to train with the first team. I really hope the season does not filter out and turn into a damp affair. I trust Baldy and his Italian merry men. francowatford

4:39pm Tue 14 Jan 14

soulfulhornet says...

Goldenboy1960 wrote:
francowatford wrote: I think this report is a contradiction of what is happening. If he wants youth and especially Watford young players that have come through the ranks then keep them and give them a chance. The Pozzos are more than happy to play an imported player that has struggled with Seria A/B leagues but not give the likes of Ikpeazu a run out. IMO we are not scoring for fun so why not give the young guns a chance.
Ikpeazu is nowhere near it. It would ruin him to put him in now. It will be an interesting challenge for him at Crewe.... Alkex Jukubiak is the one to watch.
By the sounds of your post, Goldenboy you have seen both Ikpeazu and Jukubiak play - I see the latter scored twice v. Crawley in FA Youth Cup & has 19 for season - perhaps you could enlighten those who have seen only one or neither of them what Jukubiak's strengths are, please.

As regards my comments re Crewe, I am aware that historically, they have played good passing football, but had heard reports that they were more direct this season than before. I did qualify this by saying "apparently" in my original post, as I heard this via Talksport and occasional viewings on BBC Football League show and not by watching lots of Crewe games. If this is incorrect, then I apologize for the inaccuracy of that part of the post. I also believe this is a good move for him and ultimately us. Dario Gardi is no longer manager (Steve Davis is), but Dario is one of the best coaches this country has produced. He could have coached/ managed imo at a higher level if he so wished. He could be a good influence on Uche.
[quote][p][bold]Goldenboy1960[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]francowatford[/bold] wrote: I think this report is a contradiction of what is happening. If he wants youth and especially Watford young players that have come through the ranks then keep them and give them a chance. The Pozzos are more than happy to play an imported player that has struggled with Seria A/B leagues but not give the likes of Ikpeazu a run out. IMO we are not scoring for fun so why not give the young guns a chance.[/p][/quote]Ikpeazu is nowhere near it. It would ruin him to put him in now. It will be an interesting challenge for him at Crewe.... Alkex Jukubiak is the one to watch.[/p][/quote]By the sounds of your post, Goldenboy you have seen both Ikpeazu and Jukubiak play - I see the latter scored twice v. Crawley in FA Youth Cup & has 19 for season - perhaps you could enlighten those who have seen only one or neither of them what Jukubiak's strengths are, please. As regards my comments re Crewe, I am aware that historically, they have played good passing football, but had heard reports that they were more direct this season than before. I did qualify this by saying "apparently" in my original post, as I heard this via Talksport and occasional viewings on BBC Football League show and not by watching lots of Crewe games. If this is incorrect, then I apologize for the inaccuracy of that part of the post. I also believe this is a good move for him and ultimately us. Dario Gardi is no longer manager (Steve Davis is), but Dario is one of the best coaches this country has produced. He could have coached/ managed imo at a higher level if he so wished. He could be a good influence on Uche. soulfulhornet

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