Watford forward Fernando Forestieri explains why he wished he had listened to his mother more

Scoring at the Etihad Stadium was the highlight of Fernando Forestieri's season. Picture: Action Images

Scoring at the Etihad Stadium was the highlight of Fernando Forestieri's season. Picture: Action Images

First published in Sport Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy Group Sports Editor

Everyone knows that ‘mum is always right’ and Fernando Forestieri, two years into his Watford career, is regretting not listening to his more than most.

“I remember ten years ago my mother said to me: ‘Please, you must start learning English, you don't know, one day you might be playing in England’. I said “Mum, sshh, there’s no way I’ll play in England, I’ll play here in Argentina. Now look, I’m here.”

It’s fair to say Forestieri has found it harder to learn the English language than some of his teammates who arrived in the summer of 2012 but the likeable forward was able to conduct the whole of his interview with the Watford Observer in English when he sat down a few weeks ago.

“It [learning the language] has been difficult. It’s so difficult,” he admitted.

“Now I speak a little better. Last season it was unbelievable, maybe Troy [Deeney] would speak in one language on the pitch and I would say: ‘What? I don’t understand anything’. For me, speaking English is very important.”

Whilst it took the 24-year-old some time to adapt to the new language, he loved England and Watford immediately.

“It [my time at Watford] started very well and I feel the same in England [as Italy and Argentina]. I like it in Watford because it’s different to London city where there’s too much traffic, too many people. I don’t like this. I like quiet, relaxed. I think in Watford is where I’m best.”

Forestieri lists his house, his girlfriend Andria, shopping and drinking coffee as his favourite things about English life away from football. The worst? “The police here stop me every day in my car. And the weather, is different in Argentina or Spain.”

But the weather hasn’t stopped one of his favourite pastimes; the BBQ. The Argentine-born, former Italy Under-21 international regularly posts pictures of himself enjoying a BBQ in the rain, often with his group of friends which include Queens Park Rangers midfielder Alejandro Faurlin.

Forestieri has spent most of his career on the move, both on the pitch and off it.

The tricky forward had been at seven professional clubs before the age of 22, most of which on loan, so he was delighted when his temporary deal with the Hornets was made permanent.

He explained: “I’m more relaxed. I’ve now finished the season and when I come back from Argentina, I know I’m coming back to England and Watford to my house and everything. I don’t move. This is very important. I have another three years where I don’t have to think ‘what is happening with me?’.”

Forestieri fell in love with Watford immediately and so did most of the fans when it came to him. His combination of skill and hard work endeared him to the Vicarage Road faithful from the start.

“When I hear them sing my name, it is amazing,” he said.

But Forestieri’s choice of clothing led to him receiving criticism from Watford’s own fashion police officer, Troy Deeney. Something which Forestieri welcomed.

“It is nice because it makes the group closer, we have a good relationship which for the team, is important. Troy is unbelievable with people.”

Forestieri comes from the footballing hotbed of Rosario, in Argentina. A place which has produced more than its fair share of professional footballers.

“I don’t know why [lots of footballers come from Rosario],” Forestieri said. “It is the good girls, no? My mum and the other women all produce these children with talent,” he joked. “No I don’t know, Brazil is the same. Football is the first game for everyone.”

The most famous export from Rosario is Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. The pair didn’t meet until they changed shirts when Forestieri was on loan at Malaga in 2009/10 due to the difference in age.

But Forestieri’s style of play led to comparisons with the footballing great.

”I would think ‘why are people comparing me?’ He's at the top, he's an amazing player. But it’s a good thing; a good motivation for me in training every day, to improve.”

Like Messi, Forestieri started his career at Newell’s Old Boys before the Watford forward moved to Boca Juniors.

His switch to Europe came at the age of 16 when Italian club Genoa came calling.

He said: “My father, who is a taxi driver, wanted to go to Italy for work and a change from our life in Argentina.

“My father and mother have worked all their lives, me and my brother might not eat on days and it was bad.

“So my father wanted to change this situation. After Genoa said they wanted me, I said ‘ok, I will come’ and this changed our lives.”

Forestieri is as energetic during interviews as he is on the pitch and he spoke with passion when he discussed the celebrations in Watford town centre after the club secured a place at Wembley following a dramatic play-off semi-final victory over Leicester City, when the forward and some of his teammates were mobbed by fans outside the restaurant Zinco.

He said: “I went to eat in Zinco with my girlfriend’s mother and her father, my girlfriend and lots of other people and I said to Danny [Pudil]: ‘Why doesn’t somebody buy champagne and go [to celebrate] with the fans?’ So me and Danny and Matej [Vydra] go and buy champagne and it was unbelievable.”

Forestieri only made one appearance during the final two months of the season when a hamstring injury was followed swiftly by a broken toe.

He was playing well before suffering the hamstring problem in mid-February; the highlight being when he scored at the Etihad Stadium as Watford went close to beating Premier League champions Manchester City in the FA Cup.

He said: “When I scored at Man City, the month or two months before I had started playing very well and my body was very good, I was running very well. But when I injured it [my toe], the season was finished.”

He continued: “When I injured my toe it was a difficult moment because I came back on the pitch after my first injury and then got injured again. This moment, for me, is very sad because it meant no playing, no training. This is my life. If I don’t play, then I’m sad.”

When he was asked what his hopes for next season were, the immediate response was: “No injuries, I hope.

“I think it will be different because I hope with Sannino staying, everything will change. I hope maybe for the play-offs. I hope for no injuries first of all because one month or two months out of football is too much time for me.”

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8:22am Sat 7 Jun 14

mellow yellow says...

Two words: Top. Man.
Two words: Top. Man. mellow yellow
  • Score: 61

8:36am Sat 7 Jun 14

watford1881 says...

Now show us what U can do FF...
Now show us what U can do FF... watford1881
  • Score: -25

8:54am Sat 7 Jun 14

robo bovingdon says...

go get them 2014/15 help the HORNS get promoted
go get them 2014/15 help the HORNS get promoted robo bovingdon
  • Score: 33

9:05am Sat 7 Jun 14

JohnnyBarnes says...

Love love love this guy
Ohhhh Forestieriiii.....

Also appears to confirm that Sannino's staying. Good to see at least that we're getting everything in place early.
Love love love this guy Ohhhh Forestieriiii..... Also appears to confirm that Sannino's staying. Good to see at least that we're getting everything in place early. JohnnyBarnes
  • Score: 33

9:47am Sat 7 Jun 14

D.unstable says...

My favourite player...my only slight concern is the final paragraph Forrest 'hope maybe for the play-offs', the champions will aim to be champions.

What is the saying? shoot for the stars and you might get to the moon, shoot for the moon and you will be ****** if you fall short. Ok I might have made the last bit up.
My favourite player...my only slight concern is the final paragraph Forrest 'hope maybe for the play-offs', the champions will aim to be champions. What is the saying? shoot for the stars and you might get to the moon, shoot for the moon and you will be ****** if you fall short. Ok I might have made the last bit up. D.unstable
  • Score: -11

10:16am Sat 7 Jun 14

chadderton orn says...

you only need the language of football fezzy nothing else matters. Keep up the good work.Maybe end of this new season you mite need to learn some new words like anfield, old trafford, tottenham, permiership. Carn't wait for the new season to start now sod the world cup COYH.
you only need the language of football fezzy nothing else matters. Keep up the good work.Maybe end of this new season you mite need to learn some new words like anfield, old trafford, tottenham, permiership. Carn't wait for the new season to start now sod the world cup COYH. chadderton orn
  • Score: 22

11:57am Sat 7 Jun 14

cliff46 says...

It's rare to see such a skilful player work so hard, lovely little chap.
When he starts scoring 15- 20 goals a season he will be worth £10plus but hopefully he will be in the prem with us by then.
It's rare to see such a skilful player work so hard, lovely little chap. When he starts scoring 15- 20 goals a season he will be worth £10plus but hopefully he will be in the prem with us by then. cliff46
  • Score: 19

1:35pm Sat 7 Jun 14

soulfulhornet says...

cliff46 wrote:
It's rare to see such a skilful player work so hard, lovely little chap.
When he starts scoring 15- 20 goals a season he will be worth £10plus but hopefully he will be in the prem with us by then.
Cliff, I'll give you a tenner for him.

D.unstable, I think a bit of modesty, downplaying our chances and being down to earth is probably wise after the inflated expectations at the beginning of 2013/14, where some of us thought promotion was in the bag...before a ball had been kicked. After 2012/13 success, I think it was Troy that said over confidence and complacency crept in.

Seems Fessi is happy at Watford, and that he appreciates not being on loan, as he had been at several clubs prior to joining us. We forget footballers are human beings and most of us need stability in our lives.

Just wish Fernando was most consistent in front of goal to go with all the other attributes he has, but that's me just being greedy. And if was, bigger clubs would be after him.
[quote][p][bold]cliff46[/bold] wrote: It's rare to see such a skilful player work so hard, lovely little chap. When he starts scoring 15- 20 goals a season he will be worth £10plus but hopefully he will be in the prem with us by then.[/p][/quote]Cliff, I'll give you a tenner for him. D.unstable, I think a bit of modesty, downplaying our chances and being down to earth is probably wise after the inflated expectations at the beginning of 2013/14, where some of us thought promotion was in the bag...before a ball had been kicked. After 2012/13 success, I think it was Troy that said over confidence and complacency crept in. Seems Fessi is happy at Watford, and that he appreciates not being on loan, as he had been at several clubs prior to joining us. We forget footballers are human beings and most of us need stability in our lives. Just wish Fernando was most consistent in front of goal to go with all the other attributes he has, but that's me just being greedy. And if was, bigger clubs would be after him. soulfulhornet
  • Score: 8

1:50pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Harry's Bar says...

cliff46 wrote:
It's rare to see such a skilful player work so hard, lovely little chap.
When he starts scoring 15- 20 goals a season he will be worth £10plus but hopefully he will be in the prem with us by then.
If he's going to play as the 2nd striker he needs to improve his finishing, to score 20 goals a season he needs to improve his finishing a lot, to be a £10M Premier League player he needs to improve out of site.

I'm not being negative, I'm not say it won't happen but personally I see him more as a third striker running from deeper. If we're going to stick with 3-5-2 though there isn't room for that position. It will be interesting to see what happens but partly depending on who comes in I think it's going to be tough for him if we play 3-5-2.
[quote][p][bold]cliff46[/bold] wrote: It's rare to see such a skilful player work so hard, lovely little chap. When he starts scoring 15- 20 goals a season he will be worth £10plus but hopefully he will be in the prem with us by then.[/p][/quote]If he's going to play as the 2nd striker he needs to improve his finishing, to score 20 goals a season he needs to improve his finishing a lot, to be a £10M Premier League player he needs to improve out of site. I'm not being negative, I'm not say it won't happen but personally I see him more as a third striker running from deeper. If we're going to stick with 3-5-2 though there isn't room for that position. It will be interesting to see what happens but partly depending on who comes in I think it's going to be tough for him if we play 3-5-2. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 2

4:15pm Sat 7 Jun 14

jaemae2 says...

watford1881 wrote:
Now show us what U can do FF...
He's already done that, which is dribble constantly into 3 defenders and lose the ball 98% of the time he touches it.
[quote][p][bold]watford1881[/bold] wrote: Now show us what U can do FF...[/p][/quote]He's already done that, which is dribble constantly into 3 defenders and lose the ball 98% of the time he touches it. jaemae2
  • Score: -38

4:15pm Sat 7 Jun 14

hondas says...

fernandoes been my fav since he came here. followed by alman,
fernandoes been my fav since he came here. followed by alman, hondas
  • Score: 11

5:03pm Sat 7 Jun 14

tonyevans22 says...

jaemae2 wrote:
watford1881 wrote:
Now show us what U can do FF...
He's already done that, which is dribble constantly into 3 defenders and lose the ball 98% of the time he touches it.
You obviously wear glasses that don't focus very well..
[quote][p][bold]jaemae2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]watford1881[/bold] wrote: Now show us what U can do FF...[/p][/quote]He's already done that, which is dribble constantly into 3 defenders and lose the ball 98% of the time he touches it.[/p][/quote]You obviously wear glasses that don't focus very well.. tonyevans22
  • Score: 13

5:58pm Sat 7 Jun 14

jaemae2 says...

tonyevans22 wrote:
jaemae2 wrote:
watford1881 wrote:
Now show us what U can do FF...
He's already done that, which is dribble constantly into 3 defenders and lose the ball 98% of the time he touches it.
You obviously wear glasses that don't focus very well..
so do you if you don't think he isn't the worst player on the field any time he steps foot on it.
[quote][p][bold]tonyevans22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jaemae2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]watford1881[/bold] wrote: Now show us what U can do FF...[/p][/quote]He's already done that, which is dribble constantly into 3 defenders and lose the ball 98% of the time he touches it.[/p][/quote]You obviously wear glasses that don't focus very well..[/p][/quote]so do you if you don't think he isn't the worst player on the field any time he steps foot on it. jaemae2
  • Score: -33

6:57pm Sat 7 Jun 14

EltonForever says...

Now Forestieri, I do like him a lot!

He is one of the first names I look for on the team sheet.

So many WFC so-called fans seem unnecessarily carping and critical of their own players. Fair enough if they're not performing, but there comes a point when it's time to change the record. The phrase 'Grumpy Old Men' comes to mind!

Lighten up and enjoy the ride!
Now Forestieri, I do like him a lot! He is one of the first names I look for on the team sheet. So many WFC so-called fans seem unnecessarily carping and critical of their own players. Fair enough if they're not performing, but there comes a point when it's time to change the record. The phrase 'Grumpy Old Men' comes to mind! Lighten up and enjoy the ride! EltonForever
  • Score: 10

7:24pm Sat 7 Jun 14

bornyellow says...

lets hope he can have an injury free season....i think the best is yet to come from FF.
lets hope he can have an injury free season....i think the best is yet to come from FF. bornyellow
  • Score: 7

7:28pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Bush Hornet says...

jaemae2 wrote:
tonyevans22 wrote:
jaemae2 wrote:
watford1881 wrote:
Now show us what U can do FF...
He's already done that, which is dribble constantly into 3 defenders and lose the ball 98% of the time he touches it.
You obviously wear glasses that don't focus very well..
so do you if you don't think he isn't the worst player on the field any time he steps foot on it.
Clearly you know nothing about football. He may not be the finished article yet but extremely talented. Your comments are pathetic
[quote][p][bold]jaemae2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tonyevans22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jaemae2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]watford1881[/bold] wrote: Now show us what U can do FF...[/p][/quote]He's already done that, which is dribble constantly into 3 defenders and lose the ball 98% of the time he touches it.[/p][/quote]You obviously wear glasses that don't focus very well..[/p][/quote]so do you if you don't think he isn't the worst player on the field any time he steps foot on it.[/p][/quote]Clearly you know nothing about football. He may not be the finished article yet but extremely talented. Your comments are pathetic Bush Hornet
  • Score: 15

8:08pm Sat 7 Jun 14

cliff46 says...

jaemae2 wrote:
tonyevans22 wrote:
jaemae2 wrote:
watford1881 wrote:
Now show us what U can do FF...
He's already done that, which is dribble constantly into 3 defenders and lose the ball 98% of the time he touches it.
You obviously wear glasses that don't focus very well..
so do you if you don't think he isn't the worst player on the field any time he steps foot on it.
Jaemae2
Over the years I have read some crazy comments on this site but I think your last comment really is the daftest ever!
[quote][p][bold]jaemae2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tonyevans22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jaemae2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]watford1881[/bold] wrote: Now show us what U can do FF...[/p][/quote]He's already done that, which is dribble constantly into 3 defenders and lose the ball 98% of the time he touches it.[/p][/quote]You obviously wear glasses that don't focus very well..[/p][/quote]so do you if you don't think he isn't the worst player on the field any time he steps foot on it.[/p][/quote]Jaemae2 Over the years I have read some crazy comments on this site but I think your last comment really is the daftest ever! cliff46
  • Score: 12

9:31pm Sat 7 Jun 14

jaemae2 says...

Bush Hornet wrote:
jaemae2 wrote:
tonyevans22 wrote:
jaemae2 wrote:
watford1881 wrote:
Now show us what U can do FF...
He's already done that, which is dribble constantly into 3 defenders and lose the ball 98% of the time he touches it.
You obviously wear glasses that don't focus very well..
so do you if you don't think he isn't the worst player on the field any time he steps foot on it.
Clearly you know nothing about football. He may not be the finished article yet but extremely talented. Your comments are pathetic
Not a finished product at 24, yeah... That's the problem. He IS a finished product and is crap that at his best will get extremely marginally better. Yeah, real promise....
[quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jaemae2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tonyevans22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jaemae2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]watford1881[/bold] wrote: Now show us what U can do FF...[/p][/quote]He's already done that, which is dribble constantly into 3 defenders and lose the ball 98% of the time he touches it.[/p][/quote]You obviously wear glasses that don't focus very well..[/p][/quote]so do you if you don't think he isn't the worst player on the field any time he steps foot on it.[/p][/quote]Clearly you know nothing about football. He may not be the finished article yet but extremely talented. Your comments are pathetic[/p][/quote]Not a finished product at 24, yeah... That's the problem. He IS a finished product and is crap that at his best will get extremely marginally better. Yeah, real promise.... jaemae2
  • Score: -18

9:33pm Sat 7 Jun 14

AlanMayeshasscored says...

Forestieri seems to wake up the crowd whenever he plays, he may not be the best player who has worn our shirt but like Mooney the crowd seem to know that you get 100% from him even when things are not going well for him, that means a lot to us Watford fans. It wasn't always like that, when he first arrived he was too lightweight and sometimes came across as a bit lazy but last season things started to change and improve, think this year we will see the best from FF. Think we are in for a good season from him, he obviously wants to be here with us, fingers crossed we will have a much better season.
Forestieri seems to wake up the crowd whenever he plays, he may not be the best player who has worn our shirt but like Mooney the crowd seem to know that you get 100% from him even when things are not going well for him, that means a lot to us Watford fans. It wasn't always like that, when he first arrived he was too lightweight and sometimes came across as a bit lazy but last season things started to change and improve, think this year we will see the best from FF. Think we are in for a good season from him, he obviously wants to be here with us, fingers crossed we will have a much better season. AlanMayeshasscored
  • Score: 10

11:13am Sun 8 Jun 14

soulfulhornet says...

jaemae2 wrote:
Bush Hornet wrote:
jaemae2 wrote:
tonyevans22 wrote:
jaemae2 wrote:
watford1881 wrote:
Now show us what U can do FF...
He's already done that, which is dribble constantly into 3 defenders and lose the ball 98% of the time he touches it.
You obviously wear glasses that don't focus very well..
so do you if you don't think he isn't the worst player on the field any time he steps foot on it.
Clearly you know nothing about football. He may not be the finished article yet but extremely talented. Your comments are pathetic
Not a finished product at 24, yeah... That's the problem. He IS a finished product and is crap that at his best will get extremely marginally better. Yeah, real promise....
'crap' - a bit harsh. Gianfranco described Fessi as being better than him at the same age! Suppose he was crap too.
[quote][p][bold]jaemae2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jaemae2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tonyevans22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jaemae2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]watford1881[/bold] wrote: Now show us what U can do FF...[/p][/quote]He's already done that, which is dribble constantly into 3 defenders and lose the ball 98% of the time he touches it.[/p][/quote]You obviously wear glasses that don't focus very well..[/p][/quote]so do you if you don't think he isn't the worst player on the field any time he steps foot on it.[/p][/quote]Clearly you know nothing about football. He may not be the finished article yet but extremely talented. Your comments are pathetic[/p][/quote]Not a finished product at 24, yeah... That's the problem. He IS a finished product and is crap that at his best will get extremely marginally better. Yeah, real promise....[/p][/quote]'crap' - a bit harsh. Gianfranco described Fessi as being better than him at the same age! Suppose he was crap too. soulfulhornet
  • Score: 8

8:30pm Sun 8 Jun 14

D.unstable says...

D.unstable wrote:
My favourite player...my only slight concern is the final paragraph Forrest 'hope maybe for the play-offs', the champions will aim to be champions.

What is the saying? shoot for the stars and you might get to the moon, shoot for the moon and you will be ****** if you fall short. Ok I might have made the last bit up.
Can't believe I got a minus score for stating the obvious...losers!!!

Lol
[quote][p][bold]D.unstable[/bold] wrote: My favourite player...my only slight concern is the final paragraph Forrest 'hope maybe for the play-offs', the champions will aim to be champions. What is the saying? shoot for the stars and you might get to the moon, shoot for the moon and you will be ****** if you fall short. Ok I might have made the last bit up.[/p][/quote]Can't believe I got a minus score for stating the obvious...losers!!! Lol D.unstable
  • Score: -5

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