Watford's summer recruit Lloyd Dyer discusses his move from Leicester City and explains why he believes the Foxes went against their word

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In an era of media-trained players, Lloyd Dyer is refreshingly frank. He is straight to the point. No long-winded stereotypical answers. No ducking questions.

In ten minutes the 31-year-old discussed the reasons behind his move to Watford, why he was disappointed Leicester City “went back on their word”, his thoughts on the Hornets’ forthcoming season and why he doesn’t often speak to the press.

The 31-year-old signed a three-year deal with Watford this summer after six years at Leicester. He gave up the chance of Premier League football with the Foxes.

“That was a very tough decision for me,” he said when speaking to the Watford Observer last week.

“I had to sit down with my family and make the right decision for myself and them. I feel I’ve made the right choice.”

While he won’t feature in the top flight for Leicester, Dyer believes he may do for Watford. He feels the Hornets’ squad is talented enough to push for a promotion spot but says the players need to put in consistent performances and have the right guidance.

That should come from Beppe Sannino.

“I haven’t had much conversation with him to be honest,” Dyer admitted. “He’s got his translator and is getting there though, so he is trying to get his points across.”

The winger was one of ten players signed by Watford this summer. Matej Vydra was another and Dyer revealed the Czech Republic international played a key role in his decision to switch to Vicarage Road.

“When I signed my contract I was told he (Vydra) would re-sign with the club,” Dyer said. “That was one of the reasons that I signed my deal to be honest.

“I knew what he had done a couple of seasons ago - he was the main man in the Championship. I thought if he is signing with us then we have a good chance.”

Dyer helped Leicester rise from League 1 to the Premier League whilst with the Foxes, who won the Championship title last season.

He was offered a one-year contract to remain at the King Power Stadium and accepted that was the club’s policy for players who are 30 or over.

However, he was disappointed at a perceived turnaround by Leicester, with 30-year-old Wes Morgan signing a three-year deal at the start of July.

Dyer said: “I had six great seasons there and I love the club, I’m not going to sit here now and say I don’t. I achieved a lot.

“They offered me a one-year deal which was in line with their policy. I understood that and accepted that, but I look at Leicester and there are lads there who are over 30 but have been offered more than one year. That was disappointing to see them go against their word.

“But I am a Watford player and there is no looking back now.”

Dyer says he has settled into the Watford squad easily. One of the few players he knew prior to the move was Troy Deeney as both live in the Birmingham area, although Dyer is looking to move closer to Watford.

Deeney has been the subject of several Premier League bids this summer, including from Dyer’s former club Leicester.

“If we keep him then it would help us have a better season,” the winger said. “If Troy Deeney stays at Watford that’s a bonus but it’s not my decision, I am just here to play.”

What position Dyer will play is still open for debate. With Sannino favouring a 3-5-2 formation against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, it could mean Dyer will be used as a wing-back.

“I’ll do a job there,” Dyer said. “But I like to play further up to be honest because I feel I can offer more.”

It’s difficult to understand why Dyer is reluctant to partake in media interviews as he is affable and relaxed as we chat.

But he explains: “During my career I am a man that does his talking on the pitch. I don’t want to be in the limelight, it’s not my style at all.

“That’s what I’ve been like over the years. All that stuff like Twitter and other things, I don’t get involved in social media. I keep myself to myself.

“Too many players get caught up in it and let people in. I don’t need that, I’ve got my family.”

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1:11pm Fri 15 Aug 14

JHEAFFEY1 says...

Always nice to hear footballers giving honest answers and wanting to keep out of the lime light. For me that is something I will always welcome with open arms at Watford.

Thanks for choosing us over Leicester Lloyd, starting to strongly dislike Pearson and his team...but they're promoted so can put that on the back burner for a while, and welcome to Watford!
Always nice to hear footballers giving honest answers and wanting to keep out of the lime light. For me that is something I will always welcome with open arms at Watford. Thanks for choosing us over Leicester Lloyd, starting to strongly dislike Pearson and his team...but they're promoted so can put that on the back burner for a while, and welcome to Watford! JHEAFFEY1
  • Score: 28

1:27pm Fri 15 Aug 14

YoKsHiRe.....HoRn!!!!!!! says...

I've always liked him as a player glad he's at Watford. Can kind of see why he left Leicester, I'm sure if we're in that position next season then regrettably we'll have to do the same to some of our players.........that
's football, their lose is our gain. COYH
I've always liked him as a player glad he's at Watford. Can kind of see why he left Leicester, I'm sure if we're in that position next season then regrettably we'll have to do the same to some of our players.........that 's football, their lose is our gain. COYH YoKsHiRe.....HoRn!!!!!!!
  • Score: 8

1:31pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Drewoneone says...

So refreshing to hear these comments. Lloyd seems like a well adjusted guy and I don't blame him from shunning the media. He's putting his family first and not getting sucked in to the social media circus. It is early days but from what I've seen so far he will be a great asset, especially the pace he possesses. Took his goal well against Stevenage and did a great celebration with the fans - top man!
So refreshing to hear these comments. Lloyd seems like a well adjusted guy and I don't blame him from shunning the media. He's putting his family first and not getting sucked in to the social media circus. It is early days but from what I've seen so far he will be a great asset, especially the pace he possesses. Took his goal well against Stevenage and did a great celebration with the fans - top man! Drewoneone
  • Score: 21

1:58pm Fri 15 Aug 14

The Skeptical Optimist says...

Well, confirms what a lot of us said earlier - a real asset if we can integrate him into our formation.

I like Dyer a lot, and a massive part of me hopes Sannino is true to his word when he says he'll switch between 3-5-2 and the more Dyer-friendly 4-3-3 depending on the opponent.

I want to see Dyer playing first team football with us - he's clearly good enough, but at the end of the day, talented as he is, he is not a naturally defensive player.
Well, confirms what a lot of us said earlier - a real asset if we can integrate him into our formation. I like Dyer a lot, and a massive part of me hopes Sannino is true to his word when he says he'll switch between 3-5-2 and the more Dyer-friendly 4-3-3 depending on the opponent. I want to see Dyer playing first team football with us - he's clearly good enough, but at the end of the day, talented as he is, he is not a naturally defensive player. The Skeptical Optimist
  • Score: 9

2:46pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Uncle_Albert says...

I'm still worried about Beppe's communication - is he really able to get his message across, especially during pressure points during a match, let alone in the relative comfort of training?

"I haven’t had much conversation with him to be honest,” Dyer admitted. “He’s got his translator and is getting there though, so he is trying to get his points across.”
I'm still worried about Beppe's communication - is he really able to get his message across, especially during pressure points during a match, let alone in the relative comfort of training? "I haven’t had much conversation with him to be honest,” Dyer admitted. “He’s got his translator and is getting there though, so he is trying to get his points across.” Uncle_Albert
  • Score: 6

3:02pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Harry's Bar says...

Uncle_Albert wrote:
I'm still worried about Beppe's communication - is he really able to get his message across, especially during pressure points during a match, let alone in the relative comfort of training?

"I haven’t had much conversation with him to be honest,” Dyer admitted. “He’s got his translator and is getting there though, so he is trying to get his points across.”
Get your duffel coat Uncle.
[quote][p][bold]Uncle_Albert[/bold] wrote: I'm still worried about Beppe's communication - is he really able to get his message across, especially during pressure points during a match, let alone in the relative comfort of training? "I haven’t had much conversation with him to be honest,” Dyer admitted. “He’s got his translator and is getting there though, so he is trying to get his points across.”[/p][/quote]Get your duffel coat Uncle. Harry's Bar
  • Score: -2

3:27pm Fri 15 Aug 14

HornetJJ says...

It's good to hear honesty from a player and not just saying what he thinks people want to hear. Good luck Lloyd.
It's good to hear honesty from a player and not just saying what he thinks people want to hear. Good luck Lloyd. HornetJJ
  • Score: 5

3:37pm Fri 15 Aug 14

not a regular says...

I think Sannino's English is improving far quicker than any of us could improve our Italian.
I think Sannino's English is improving far quicker than any of us could improve our Italian. not a regular
  • Score: 9

3:50pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Banjo says...

I think the truth is that he was sick of working for a club in a city that is a complete kharzi
I think the truth is that he was sick of working for a club in a city that is a complete kharzi Banjo
  • Score: -8

3:57pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Paul Gadd says...

He's got pace, skill and enough experience not to lose his bottle when the going gets tough or we need to see out games.....

COYH!
He's got pace, skill and enough experience not to lose his bottle when the going gets tough or we need to see out games..... COYH! Paul Gadd
  • Score: 4

4:14pm Fri 15 Aug 14

No Wheels says...

Dyer was one of those players that always made me feel nervous when he played against us, especially when he came on late as a sub.

Nice to have him on our side now...
Dyer was one of those players that always made me feel nervous when he played against us, especially when he came on late as a sub. Nice to have him on our side now... No Wheels
  • Score: 12

4:30pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Hairy Hornet says...

Real quality signing.
Real quality signing. Hairy Hornet
  • Score: 9

6:01pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Poppet Bear says...

We'll need all our squad. He needs to make sure he plays well when given the opportunity.
We'll need all our squad. He needs to make sure he plays well when given the opportunity. Poppet Bear
  • Score: 0

2:54am Sat 16 Aug 14

Henry VIII says...

A class man, a true class player, the sort of professional you want on your team. I love his shunning social media comment, the fact that he values his family above media attention shows what a level and balanced guy he is. A real refreshing change from so many younger players - and people like Vydra could learn so much from him. Wisdom with still a fair bit of pace and experience - it's a great mix for me. Welcome Mr. Dyer, time to frighten someone else's fans now!!
A class man, a true class player, the sort of professional you want on your team. I love his shunning social media comment, the fact that he values his family above media attention shows what a level and balanced guy he is. A real refreshing change from so many younger players - and people like Vydra could learn so much from him. Wisdom with still a fair bit of pace and experience - it's a great mix for me. Welcome Mr. Dyer, time to frighten someone else's fans now!! Henry VIII
  • Score: 3

6:23am Sat 16 Aug 14

buckler says...

not a regular wrote:
I think Sannino's English is improving far quicker than any of us could improve our Italian.
Not If you were being paid what he is and had the chance to manage a club like ours with his track record ... Should be fluent or back in the madhouse!
[quote][p][bold]not a regular[/bold] wrote: I think Sannino's English is improving far quicker than any of us could improve our Italian.[/p][/quote]Not If you were being paid what he is and had the chance to manage a club like ours with his track record ... Should be fluent or back in the madhouse! buckler
  • Score: 2

7:34am Sat 16 Aug 14

mellow yellow says...

buckler wrote:
not a regular wrote:
I think Sannino's English is improving far quicker than any of us could improve our Italian.
Not If you were being paid what he is and had the chance to manage a club like ours with his track record ... Should be fluent or back in the madhouse!
Perhaps you'd like him to do a one month intensive course, 9am-6pm, and ignore all the players then. That would help.
[quote][p][bold]buckler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]not a regular[/bold] wrote: I think Sannino's English is improving far quicker than any of us could improve our Italian.[/p][/quote]Not If you were being paid what he is and had the chance to manage a club like ours with his track record ... Should be fluent or back in the madhouse![/p][/quote]Perhaps you'd like him to do a one month intensive course, 9am-6pm, and ignore all the players then. That would help. mellow yellow
  • Score: 1

7:38am Sat 16 Aug 14

peter10531089 says...

All the people saying great "shun social media" in a post on a forum! I'm sure I'm not the only one who sees the irony. The same people were pleased when Troy tweeted updates in pre season last year.

That being said i completely agree about his comments and the quality of the player. I don't see 4-3-3 as the answer rather than a 4-2-3-1 as an alternative to the 3-5-2. This would accommodate combinations dyer fessi, Vydra, abdi, mcgougan and fabbrini behind Deeney, ranegie or ighalo plus Andrews and Tozser in def midfield.

Just a thought COYH!
All the people saying great "shun social media" in a post on a forum! I'm sure I'm not the only one who sees the irony. The same people were pleased when Troy tweeted updates in pre season last year. That being said i completely agree about his comments and the quality of the player. I don't see 4-3-3 as the answer rather than a 4-2-3-1 as an alternative to the 3-5-2. This would accommodate combinations dyer fessi, Vydra, abdi, mcgougan and fabbrini behind Deeney, ranegie or ighalo plus Andrews and Tozser in def midfield. Just a thought COYH! peter10531089
  • Score: 0

8:31am Sat 16 Aug 14

buckler says...

mellow yellow wrote:
buckler wrote:
not a regular wrote:
I think Sannino's English is improving far quicker than any of us could improve our Italian.
Not If you were being paid what he is and had the chance to manage a club like ours with his track record ... Should be fluent or back in the madhouse!
Perhaps you'd like him to do a one month intensive course, 9am-6pm, and ignore all the players then. That would help.
Only a clapper could possibly think it's still ok he can't speak the lingo.. It's not like he scouts players in the summer - he's has no control over anything !
[quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]buckler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]not a regular[/bold] wrote: I think Sannino's English is improving far quicker than any of us could improve our Italian.[/p][/quote]Not If you were being paid what he is and had the chance to manage a club like ours with his track record ... Should be fluent or back in the madhouse![/p][/quote]Perhaps you'd like him to do a one month intensive course, 9am-6pm, and ignore all the players then. That would help.[/p][/quote]Only a clapper could possibly think it's still ok he can't speak the lingo.. It's not like he scouts players in the summer - he's has no control over anything ! buckler
  • Score: 0

9:11pm Sat 16 Aug 14

LCFCFox88 says...

Fantastic servant to LCFC and a top bloke. Great signing for you Hornets. Blistering pace, good professionalism and every now and then hell produce a worldy goal. Football is football, we had our run in in the play offs but no hard feelings ay Watford. Good luck this season, id love to see Lloyd do well for you, hes certainly been one of my favourite players in a City shirt in last 10 years, just a shame he couldnt have ended his career at City. We didnt treat him badly or anything of the sort so dont think we just discarded Lloyd, im sure it was a tough situation for both Pearson and the club. All the best Lloyd. LLOYD DYER MA LORD!! LLOYD DYER!! OOOOOOOH LOOORD, LLOYD DYER!!!(From a LCFC Fan.)
Fantastic servant to LCFC and a top bloke. Great signing for you Hornets. Blistering pace, good professionalism and every now and then hell produce a worldy goal. Football is football, we had our run in in the play offs but no hard feelings ay Watford. Good luck this season, id love to see Lloyd do well for you, hes certainly been one of my favourite players in a City shirt in last 10 years, just a shame he couldnt have ended his career at City. We didnt treat him badly or anything of the sort so dont think we just discarded Lloyd, im sure it was a tough situation for both Pearson and the club. All the best Lloyd. LLOYD DYER MA LORD!! LLOYD DYER!! OOOOOOOH LOOORD, LLOYD DYER!!!(From a LCFC Fan.) LCFCFox88
  • Score: 1

11:44am Fri 22 Aug 14

yellowarmy1995 says...

Definitely the best winger in the league last season and a fantastic signing

How can we leave this man out of the starting lineup? No wonder he exploded the other day
Definitely the best winger in the league last season and a fantastic signing How can we leave this man out of the starting lineup? No wonder he exploded the other day yellowarmy1995
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