Watford boss Beppe Sannino says he knows Matej Vydra's strengths but is experimenting with his shape in pre-season

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Beppe Sannino recognises Matej Vydra performs better through the middle but stressed he is using pre-season to experiment with the striker on the left.

Vydra has been used wide in a 4-3-3 formation as the Italian head coach tries to develop an alternative system to the 3-5-2 they have used for the last two years.

With Lloyd Dyer joining the club in the summer, and Ikechi Anya also better suited to playing wide in the attacking third, Sannino is keen to work on the 4-3-3 formation during pre-season.

It has resulted in Vydra playing on the left, with captain Troy Deeney through the middle, and the Czech Republic international struggled to influence the game against Shrewsbury Town on Saturday, apart from when he was shifted into the middle momentarily and created the first goal.

“I like some things [with the 4-3-3 formation] but for sure we need time and we need to work,” Sannino said on Tuesday.

“I am assessing each player in each position. I know some players may struggle in a position but I know come the first game of the season that we will have the right players in the right positions.

“We have some big players in certain positions and for example Lloyd Dyer is a player that has to play on the line. Ikechi Anya is a player that plays on the line. And for me, Vydra is a very good player in the box but at the moment I am trying something.

“For some matches I may start with a 3-5-2. At the moment I am looking and trying.”

If Deeney stays then it appears 3-5-2 would be better suited as it would allow the deadly duo to play in their favoured positions, with Dyer also capable of playing as a wing back.

But should Deeney leave the club, then 4-3-3 looks like it would suit the Golden Boys squad, with Dyer, Anya, Fernando Forestieri and Diego Fabbrini dangerous when used wide in an attacking trio. Sean Murray has also impressed there in youth football.

Some managers pick their best players and try to discover a formation which suits. Others will prioritise the system even if it means sacrificing one of their better players.

Sannino said: “I think about the system and the shape. The shape for the Championship is 4-3-3 or 3-5-2 because I look at the players who have different characteristics and players I want to put on the pitch because of their qualities.

“Before you asked me about Vydra and I want to put Vydra in the box but I think that we have the players who are more offensive when played on the line so I am trying to choose which is the better solution.”

Sannino conducted the majority of his interview with the Watford Observer in English. Head of medical Marco Cesarini was still alongside him to help when needed and so was the club’s new full-time English teacher, who has been hired to assist the head coach.

Sannino understood the majority of the questions and answered all bar one in English.

In an age of countless websites and when context can sometimes be lost, it is understandable that Sannino needs to be careful.

“I will always have one person close to me when the journalists ask me about my views of the match,” Sannino said.

“I have been working on my English every day. Sometimes it has been two hours, sometimes it has been an hour and sometimes it has been five minutes because we went on pre-season and my head was focused on working with my players. We needed to work hard and we needed to relax and sleep as well because two intense sessions a day makes you tired.

“But I think my English is getting better with every day.”

Sannino explained how he finds it harder to conduct interviews than he does hosting two intense, sometimes tactical, sessions a day. The language of football is easier to explain.

The 57-year-old is a charismatic individual and you would struggle to find a journalist who hasn’t warmed to him immediately. His pre and post-interview whistles always receive a chuckle.

But at times it has been hard to portray his personality to readers due to the language barrier.

When asked whether he was looking forward to showing the fans more of his character as his English improves, Sannino replied:

“Sure. Of course. For me it is important to speak with the fans because they have so much passion for this team and it is important that I can speak with them about the match because it is very important that our fans believe in our work.”

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1:14pm Fri 25 Jul 14

bristol hornet says...

"Sannino knows Vydra's best position but is experimenting" - states the headline.

I trust this is correct, for all WFC fans that Vydra's best position is up front in a "two" with someone like Deeney (preferably) or if not, a similar type of replacement.
"Sannino knows Vydra's best position but is experimenting" - states the headline. I trust this is correct, for all WFC fans that Vydra's best position is up front in a "two" with someone like Deeney (preferably) or if not, a similar type of replacement. bristol hornet
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1:44pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Wooter bout that! says...

Has 4-4-2 been outlawed?
Has 4-4-2 been outlawed? Wooter bout that!
  • Score: 17

1:53pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Supporter in Spain says...

Beppe Sanino sounds a delightful guy, and very passionate about succeeding at WFC.

Just the kind of manager we want, so let's get behind him and hope he is as successful as he and the supporters deserve.
Beppe Sanino sounds a delightful guy, and very passionate about succeeding at WFC. Just the kind of manager we want, so let's get behind him and hope he is as successful as he and the supporters deserve. Supporter in Spain
  • Score: 25

2:03pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

How to get the best from Matty.
Tell him he's got to come back here whether he likes it or not, tell him its a real promotion charge and he's resuming his role with Troy, sell Troy to a prem club where Matty wants to be, and then play him out wide.....perhaps next we try him in the holding midfield role ?
How to get the best from Matty. Tell him he's got to come back here whether he likes it or not, tell him its a real promotion charge and he's resuming his role with Troy, sell Troy to a prem club where Matty wants to be, and then play him out wide.....perhaps next we try him in the holding midfield role ? Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: -31

2:06pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Harry's Bar says...

Wooter bout that! wrote:
Has 4-4-2 been outlawed?
It's sensible to only work on two formations as any more and the players could become overloaded with it all.
Saninno can see a way of fitting Dyer and Anya into the side with a 4-3-3 but I'm not convinced that will work.... too lightweight, and who's going to head all the crosses in?
[quote][p][bold]Wooter bout that![/bold] wrote: Has 4-4-2 been outlawed?[/p][/quote]It's sensible to only work on two formations as any more and the players could become overloaded with it all. Saninno can see a way of fitting Dyer and Anya into the side with a 4-3-3 but I'm not convinced that will work.... too lightweight, and who's going to head all the crosses in? Harry's Bar
  • Score: 2

2:09pm Fri 25 Jul 14

eastendhornet says...

Wooter bout that! wrote:
Has 4-4-2 been outlawed?
Seems odd to me too.

Gomes
Paredes Angella Tamas Pudil
Anya Tozser Abdi Dyer
Vydra Deeney/Ranegie

That would be my starting XI and seems to fit naturally into 442. I can see why we would need alternative formations, as you couldn't really trust Fabbrini or even Fessi to have the discipline to offer defence as well as attack in the wide positions, but seems bizaare its not even discussed.
[quote][p][bold]Wooter bout that![/bold] wrote: Has 4-4-2 been outlawed?[/p][/quote]Seems odd to me too. Gomes Paredes Angella Tamas Pudil Anya Tozser Abdi Dyer Vydra Deeney/Ranegie That would be my starting XI and seems to fit naturally into 442. I can see why we would need alternative formations, as you couldn't really trust Fabbrini or even Fessi to have the discipline to offer defence as well as attack in the wide positions, but seems bizaare its not even discussed. eastendhornet
  • Score: 9

2:24pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

eastendhornet wrote:
Wooter bout that! wrote:
Has 4-4-2 been outlawed?
Seems odd to me too.

Gomes
Paredes Angella Tamas Pudil
Anya Tozser Abdi Dyer
Vydra Deeney/Ranegie

That would be my starting XI and seems to fit naturally into 442. I can see why we would need alternative formations, as you couldn't really trust Fabbrini or even Fessi to have the discipline to offer defence as well as attack in the wide positions, but seems bizaare its not even discussed.
me too
[quote][p][bold]eastendhornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wooter bout that![/bold] wrote: Has 4-4-2 been outlawed?[/p][/quote]Seems odd to me too. Gomes Paredes Angella Tamas Pudil Anya Tozser Abdi Dyer Vydra Deeney/Ranegie That would be my starting XI and seems to fit naturally into 442. I can see why we would need alternative formations, as you couldn't really trust Fabbrini or even Fessi to have the discipline to offer defence as well as attack in the wide positions, but seems bizaare its not even discussed.[/p][/quote]me too Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: 1

2:48pm Fri 25 Jul 14

andyhooked says...

Good that Beppe's english has come on. Just a few hours to go to buy my spare copy of Oliver Phillips' book about the History of Watford Football Club. I promise that all will go to The British Legion or if you prefer Help For Heroes. Please be generous and enter bids on ebay for a massive good cause.
Good that Beppe's english has come on. Just a few hours to go to buy my spare copy of Oliver Phillips' book about the History of Watford Football Club. I promise that all will go to The British Legion or if you prefer Help For Heroes. Please be generous and enter bids on ebay for a massive good cause. andyhooked
  • Score: -5

3:07pm Fri 25 Jul 14

hornet88 says...

Mickey Quinn, not so thin wrote:
eastendhornet wrote:
Wooter bout that! wrote:
Has 4-4-2 been outlawed?
Seems odd to me too.

Gomes
Paredes Angella Tamas Pudil
Anya Tozser Abdi Dyer
Vydra Deeney/Ranegie

That would be my starting XI and seems to fit naturally into 442. I can see why we would need alternative formations, as you couldn't really trust Fabbrini or even Fessi to have the discipline to offer defence as well as attack in the wide positions, but seems bizaare its not even discussed.
me too
Fessi is one of the best at getting back and tackling. He was so much improved last season. Personally would see him start over anya on the wing any day
[quote][p][bold]Mickey Quinn, not so thin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eastendhornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wooter bout that![/bold] wrote: Has 4-4-2 been outlawed?[/p][/quote]Seems odd to me too. Gomes Paredes Angella Tamas Pudil Anya Tozser Abdi Dyer Vydra Deeney/Ranegie That would be my starting XI and seems to fit naturally into 442. I can see why we would need alternative formations, as you couldn't really trust Fabbrini or even Fessi to have the discipline to offer defence as well as attack in the wide positions, but seems bizaare its not even discussed.[/p][/quote]me too[/p][/quote]Fessi is one of the best at getting back and tackling. He was so much improved last season. Personally would see him start over anya on the wing any day hornet88
  • Score: 4

3:16pm Fri 25 Jul 14

AngelHornet says...

Sannino has a ready made 4-4-2 as stated in a couple of previous comments, yet doesn't appear to want to utilise it.

He says he's experimenting pre-season, so why not try it?
Sannino has a ready made 4-4-2 as stated in a couple of previous comments, yet doesn't appear to want to utilise it. He says he's experimenting pre-season, so why not try it? AngelHornet
  • Score: 5

3:47pm Fri 25 Jul 14

forcaster says...

Still concerned about our disciplinery record.Why not have Malky as defence adviser, also good for discipline and a good all round adviser for Beppe.He knows the Orns well and as far as I know, not working.
Still concerned about our disciplinery record.Why not have Malky as defence adviser, also good for discipline and a good all round adviser for Beppe.He knows the Orns well and as far as I know, not working. forcaster
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4:14pm Fri 25 Jul 14

mkhornet says...

hornet88 wrote:
Mickey Quinn, not so thin wrote:
eastendhornet wrote:
Wooter bout that! wrote:
Has 4-4-2 been outlawed?
Seems odd to me too.

Gomes
Paredes Angella Tamas Pudil
Anya Tozser Abdi Dyer
Vydra Deeney/Ranegie

That would be my starting XI and seems to fit naturally into 442. I can see why we would need alternative formations, as you couldn't really trust Fabbrini or even Fessi to have the discipline to offer defence as well as attack in the wide positions, but seems bizaare its not even discussed.
me too
Fessi is one of the best at getting back and tackling. He was so much improved last season. Personally would see him start over anya on the wing any day
I agree, can't see how Fessi can be left out. Always busts a gut, is probably our most skillful player and creates loads of chances. I'd have him in the team instead of Anya anyday.
[quote][p][bold]hornet88[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mickey Quinn, not so thin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eastendhornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wooter bout that![/bold] wrote: Has 4-4-2 been outlawed?[/p][/quote]Seems odd to me too. Gomes Paredes Angella Tamas Pudil Anya Tozser Abdi Dyer Vydra Deeney/Ranegie That would be my starting XI and seems to fit naturally into 442. I can see why we would need alternative formations, as you couldn't really trust Fabbrini or even Fessi to have the discipline to offer defence as well as attack in the wide positions, but seems bizaare its not even discussed.[/p][/quote]me too[/p][/quote]Fessi is one of the best at getting back and tackling. He was so much improved last season. Personally would see him start over anya on the wing any day[/p][/quote]I agree, can't see how Fessi can be left out. Always busts a gut, is probably our most skillful player and creates loads of chances. I'd have him in the team instead of Anya anyday. mkhornet
  • Score: 1

4:33pm Fri 25 Jul 14

this is doyley!!! says...

4-1-3-2

Offers 4 at the back, width, 2 up front.

+ an attack of Dyer, Anya, Abdi/Forrest, Vydra, Deeney is unstoppable!!!
4-1-3-2 Offers 4 at the back, width, 2 up front. + an attack of Dyer, Anya, Abdi/Forrest, Vydra, Deeney is unstoppable!!! this is doyley!!!
  • Score: 2

5:01pm Fri 25 Jul 14

rogeruk says...

eastendhornet wrote:
Wooter bout that! wrote:
Has 4-4-2 been outlawed?
Seems odd to me too.

Gomes
Paredes Angella Tamas Pudil
Anya Tozser Abdi Dyer
Vydra Deeney/Ranegie

That would be my starting XI and seems to fit naturally into 442. I can see why we would need alternative formations, as you couldn't really trust Fabbrini or even Fessi to have the discipline to offer defence as well as attack in the wide positions, but seems bizaare its not even discussed.
Good team I go with that!
[quote][p][bold]eastendhornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wooter bout that![/bold] wrote: Has 4-4-2 been outlawed?[/p][/quote]Seems odd to me too. Gomes Paredes Angella Tamas Pudil Anya Tozser Abdi Dyer Vydra Deeney/Ranegie That would be my starting XI and seems to fit naturally into 442. I can see why we would need alternative formations, as you couldn't really trust Fabbrini or even Fessi to have the discipline to offer defence as well as attack in the wide positions, but seems bizaare its not even discussed.[/p][/quote]Good team I go with that! rogeruk
  • Score: 3

5:50pm Fri 25 Jul 14

mattymashup says...

In fairness he looked better on the left yesterday than he did through the middle!
In fairness he looked better on the left yesterday than he did through the middle! mattymashup
  • Score: 1

7:21pm Fri 25 Jul 14

goldanboy says...

rogeruk wrote:
eastendhornet wrote:
Wooter bout that! wrote:
Has 4-4-2 been outlawed?
Seems odd to me too.

Gomes
Paredes Angella Tamas Pudil
Anya Tozser Abdi Dyer
Vydra Deeney/Ranegie

That would be my starting XI and seems to fit naturally into 442. I can see why we would need alternative formations, as you couldn't really trust Fabbrini or even Fessi to have the discipline to offer defence as well as attack in the wide positions, but seems bizaare its not even discussed.
Good team I go with that!
How about Fessi tucked in behind Vydra in the 10 role if Deeney goes?
[quote][p][bold]rogeruk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eastendhornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wooter bout that![/bold] wrote: Has 4-4-2 been outlawed?[/p][/quote]Seems odd to me too. Gomes Paredes Angella Tamas Pudil Anya Tozser Abdi Dyer Vydra Deeney/Ranegie That would be my starting XI and seems to fit naturally into 442. I can see why we would need alternative formations, as you couldn't really trust Fabbrini or even Fessi to have the discipline to offer defence as well as attack in the wide positions, but seems bizaare its not even discussed.[/p][/quote]Good team I go with that![/p][/quote]How about Fessi tucked in behind Vydra in the 10 role if Deeney goes? goldanboy
  • Score: 4

11:06pm Fri 25 Jul 14

hondas says...

mr sanninno please shut ya trap and let vydra play where he wants to, HE knows best....
mr sanninno please shut ya trap and let vydra play where he wants to, HE knows best.... hondas
  • Score: -5

11:25pm Fri 25 Jul 14

bornyellow says...

Sannino is our manager and will do the best with the team he has.....players come and go.. thats the nature of the business.....
Sannino is our manager and will do the best with the team he has.....players come and go.. thats the nature of the business..... bornyellow
  • Score: 3

7:56am Sat 26 Jul 14

mellow yellow says...

Harry's Bar wrote:
Wooter bout that! wrote:
Has 4-4-2 been outlawed?
It's sensible to only work on two formations as any more and the players could become overloaded with it all.
Saninno can see a way of fitting Dyer and Anya into the side with a 4-3-3 but I'm not convinced that will work.... too lightweight, and who's going to head all the crosses in?
Angella ;)
[quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wooter bout that![/bold] wrote: Has 4-4-2 been outlawed?[/p][/quote]It's sensible to only work on two formations as any more and the players could become overloaded with it all. Saninno can see a way of fitting Dyer and Anya into the side with a 4-3-3 but I'm not convinced that will work.... too lightweight, and who's going to head all the crosses in?[/p][/quote]Angella ;) mellow yellow
  • Score: 1

6:07pm Sat 26 Jul 14

reids1 says...

Harry's Bar wrote:
Wooter bout that! wrote:
Has 4-4-2 been outlawed?
It's sensible to only work on two formations as any more and the players could become overloaded with it all.
Saninno can see a way of fitting Dyer and Anya into the side with a 4-3-3 but I'm not convinced that will work.... too lightweight, and who's going to head all the crosses in?
What crosses? They'll cut inside.
[quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wooter bout that![/bold] wrote: Has 4-4-2 been outlawed?[/p][/quote]It's sensible to only work on two formations as any more and the players could become overloaded with it all. Saninno can see a way of fitting Dyer and Anya into the side with a 4-3-3 but I'm not convinced that will work.... too lightweight, and who's going to head all the crosses in?[/p][/quote]What crosses? They'll cut inside. reids1
  • Score: 0

11:28am Tue 29 Jul 14

Goldenboy1960 says...

The trouble is that Nani picks the players but not necessarily to match the system Bepe wants to play. You need to pick a system to suit the players, or bring the right players in to suit the system you want to play. Not sure if Nani would listen to that one though?

Great to have a squad capable when injuries and suspensions start. But you can also have too many when the ones not playing get a bit disgruntled. Wouldn't like to be in Bepe's shoes... Maybe the overseas lads accept that more than the British though?
The trouble is that Nani picks the players but not necessarily to match the system Bepe wants to play. You need to pick a system to suit the players, or bring the right players in to suit the system you want to play. Not sure if Nani would listen to that one though? Great to have a squad capable when injuries and suspensions start. But you can also have too many when the ones not playing get a bit disgruntled. Wouldn't like to be in Bepe's shoes... Maybe the overseas lads accept that more than the British though? Goldenboy1960
  • Score: 0

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