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Watford boss Gianfranco Zola insists new foreign signings will have to adapt quickly
Gianfranco Zola insists morale in the Watford squad remains high despite an influx of new signings but has stressed the club’s foreign imports will have to adapt quickly if they want to “survive”.
It is not always easy for players coming from abroad to settle in a new country; both personally and professionally.
This summer there have been eight new signings at Watford, five of whom have not played in England before, but Zola believes all the new arrivals will settle at London Colney.
On the issue of players adapting to a new country, Zola said: “In this country they play football like in every other country.
“There are a few differences but when you have qualities and you are willing to adapt then you have no problem.
“I believe the players we have are quality players and they will adjust to the situation. They will have to if they want to survive, so we will be alright with that.”
Last season the Hornets had a squad consisting entirely of British or Irish players, except for Prince Buaben – who played in Scotland for four years before joining – and Sean Dyche’s men were renowned for their togetherness and spirit in the dressing room.
But despite a number of different nationalities joining Watford this summer, many of whom only speak broken English, Zola insists the morale in the squad remains good.
Zola said: “I don’t know about the dynamics last year – I think they were good – but it looks to me that this year it is good as well.
“The group are fantastic and they want to learn so we have no problems at all (with language).
“When you have people who are willing to improve and are positive like we have, small problems you have are easy to deal with.”
Zola is attempting to implement a passing philosophy at Watford and he says watching his team play in the style he wants is the thing he is excited about most this season.
He said: “I’m looking forward to seeing the team play in a certain way, in a certain style with passion and with enthusiasm and I am sure they are not far away from the objectives I want to achieve.”
Watford are on the verge of announcing a new signing and the unnamed player was at Saturday’s game against Wycombe Wanderers alongside Alex Geijo, who formally joined the club last Thursday.
When asked when the unnamed signing would be confirmed, Zola replied: “You know what I think about that and you are not going to move me on that. I am here to talk about the players that are here, it is not fair to talk about the others.”
When we mentioned the player was at the game on Saturday though – implying the signing was imminent – Zola replied: “The new player that has been announced is Alex Geijo. He is working hard to get
his condition right at the moment, so there are no new updates on that.”