Watford defender Neuton vows to improve his performances under Gianfranco Zola this season

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This article was printed in Friday's Watford Observer

 

It is fair to say Neuton has not made the ideal first impression with the Watford supporters but the Brazilian has stressed he is here to stay and is determined to become a fans favourite.

Neuton has yet to win as a Watford player. After struggling during his debut at Bolton Wanderers, he was partly at fault for the deciding penalty against Brighton and Hove Albion and he was beaten in the air for Bristol City’s first goal in a 2-2 draw, and was subsequently substituted.

The centre-back was in the Udinese squad for most of last season following his transfer from Gremio but only made nine appearances in all competitions – although five of those were in European games.

“I am happy to be back playing because I didn’t play much last year but I know I can do much, much better than I have played in recent matches,” Neuton admitted during an interview with the Watford Observer, which was conducted with the help of a translator.

Neuton has had the unenviable task of trying to replace fans’ favourite Martin Taylor at centre-half, after the commanding defender was sold to Sheffield Wednesday on transfer deadline day despite being one of the most consistent centre-backs in the Championship in recent years.

When asked whether he has found it difficult trying to replace Taylor, Neuton replied: “No, it is not a problem. I will work hard to become a fans’ favourite as well because I want to make them happy.”

As an observer, it seems as though Neuton has struggled with the physicality of the Championship but he does not believe it will be a problem.

The 22-year-old admits he has found it hard to adjust to the tempo of English football though, especially after playing so little last season.

He said: “Obviously the Championship is physical but it has not been a problem because I expected it before I came to the club.

“In the first game I played against Kevin Davies and that was tough but it is good to know how you play here.

“More than the physicality, it is because I do not have the rhythm of the match yet because I did not play much last year and if I find the rhythm then I believe I will do very well here.”

The centre-back is one of 16 summer signings and all of the players we have spoken to so far have had one thing in common; their desire to help Watford return to the top flight of English football.

There has been a misconception among many that all 13 loan players will return to their parent clubs next season but history suggests – using the Pozzos’ other club Granada as an example – that many of them will remain with Watford beyond the initial year.

Neuton is one of those who expects to stay in England, and at Watford, for the long term.

He said: “My dream now is to help Watford to the Premier League and I want to stay here for a long period and not just one year.

“I do not expect to win the division immediately but my objective is to help Watford to the Premier League.”

Like most of the new signings, Neuton has been living in a hotel but has recently moved into his own flat, something which has helped the player immensely.

He admitted feeling homesick when he joined Udinese, as it was the first time he left Brazil, but stressed that has not been the case at Watford.

Neuton’s cousin has moved to England with him and several of his family members visit on a monthly basis.

The defender said: “I like it in England. When you first come here it is difficult when you are living in a hotel.

“If you live in a hotel for two or three days, or a week, then it is okay but after a couple of weeks, it is difficult because you are just in a room.

“But now I have a house, I am happy. London is beautiful and this area is beautiful.

“I would like to stay here, I think I can do very well and we have the possibility to build something great at Watford.”

Neuton arrived in Hertfordshire unable to speak a word of English and admitted the language barrier has been one of the biggest problems for him, both on and off the pitch.

He has been fortunate that some of the other players, such as Fernando Forestieri, speak Portuguese and are in the same position when it comes to being unable to communicate in English.

Head coach Gianfranco Zola has stated the players will be fined if they do not learn the language and now the summer signings’ accommodation has been sorted out, they will have a whole day of lessons rather than one session a week.

On Zola’s threat of fines, Neuton said: “It must be this way because if you do not have to pay, then footballers could just say ‘well I am going to enjoy this life and the language will come later’.

“Also we are all good guys and we want to learn English as soon as possible any way.”

Zola rates Neuton highly but has stressed it is not only his ability to speak English which has to improve.

“I’ve been pleased with certain things [when it comes to Neuton] whereas in other areas I need to see an improvement,” the head coach said.

“I’m confident that he’s a quality player and he is only 22 so I’m positive [he will improve].”

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9:44am Mon 1 Oct 12

DuffmanWFC says...

This player will improve, it's got to be hard to adjust at first but he has a good footballing technique and the rest will come.
This player will improve, it's got to be hard to adjust at first but he has a good footballing technique and the rest will come. DuffmanWFC

11:00am Mon 1 Oct 12

SAHornet says...

Articles like this help to put some perspective on these new players difficult situations and help us be a bit more understanding while they settle in properly.
Articles like this help to put some perspective on these new players difficult situations and help us be a bit more understanding while they settle in properly. SAHornet

11:50am Mon 1 Oct 12

watfordguymatt says...

I always thought from the off that Neuton will become a quality player for us and I have no doubt that soon he'll settle down and start putting in top performances for us. With the competition we have (now including Hoban) the defenders will have to work very hard to get into the team.
I always thought from the off that Neuton will become a quality player for us and I have no doubt that soon he'll settle down and start putting in top performances for us. With the competition we have (now including Hoban) the defenders will have to work very hard to get into the team. watfordguymatt

11:58am Mon 1 Oct 12

mattymashup says...

I looked him up on you tube when we signed him up and I know he is a quality player in the making. Any new signings need a year or so to bed in so I'm hopeful for him coyh!
I looked him up on you tube when we signed him up and I know he is a quality player in the making. Any new signings need a year or so to bed in so I'm hopeful for him coyh! mattymashup

1:06pm Mon 1 Oct 12

northofwatfordpete says...

Yep - an interesting article. Neuton looks a good prospect for the club and sounds very committed to the cause. Will be interesting to see which pairing GZ prefers as the season unfolds.
Yep - an interesting article. Neuton looks a good prospect for the club and sounds very committed to the cause. Will be interesting to see which pairing GZ prefers as the season unfolds. northofwatfordpete

1:26pm Mon 1 Oct 12

HornetJJ says...

He looks too short to be a centre back! Especially in the Championship. He's good on the ball though so hopefully he can improve defensively.
He looks too short to be a centre back! Especially in the Championship. He's good on the ball though so hopefully he can improve defensively. HornetJJ

1:42pm Mon 1 Oct 12

Hornet23 says...

HornetJJ wrote:
He looks too short to be a centre back! Especially in the Championship. He's good on the ball though so hopefully he can improve defensively.
What a ridiculous statement given we had one of the best centre backs in the division last season who is an inch or two shorter than Neuton...
[quote][p][bold]HornetJJ[/bold] wrote: He looks too short to be a centre back! Especially in the Championship. He's good on the ball though so hopefully he can improve defensively.[/p][/quote]What a ridiculous statement given we had one of the best centre backs in the division last season who is an inch or two shorter than Neuton... Hornet23

2:49pm Mon 1 Oct 12

SAHornet says...

HornetJJ wrote:
He looks too short to be a centre back! Especially in the Championship. He's good on the ball though so hopefully he can improve defensively.
He's 5' 11 1/2" according to wiki. Is that shorter than your average CB? I don't know. Seems about average to me.
[quote][p][bold]HornetJJ[/bold] wrote: He looks too short to be a centre back! Especially in the Championship. He's good on the ball though so hopefully he can improve defensively.[/p][/quote]He's 5' 11 1/2" according to wiki. Is that shorter than your average CB? I don't know. Seems about average to me. SAHornet

2:54pm Mon 1 Oct 12

jasonwatford says...

Mapps is 5ft 10ins......end of statement
Mapps is 5ft 10ins......end of statement jasonwatford

3:00pm Mon 1 Oct 12

akureyri says...

He would look small next to Tiny Taylor or Fitz Hall. Who would not?
He would look small next to Tiny Taylor or Fitz Hall. Who would not? akureyri

3:03pm Mon 1 Oct 12

HornetJJ says...

Maybe Mapps was just better at jumping :)
Maybe Mapps was just better at jumping :) HornetJJ

3:16pm Mon 1 Oct 12

dal8oy says...

I like this article as it shows these guys are here to help the club and I tell you what I can see us becoming a very good footballing team in the next year who will be very hard to beat.
I like this article as it shows these guys are here to help the club and I tell you what I can see us becoming a very good footballing team in the next year who will be very hard to beat. dal8oy

3:22pm Mon 1 Oct 12

SAHornet says...

On a slightly different fred, I just repeatedly watched the kicking of FF off the ball and you can see that the referee looks directly at the incident and did absolutely nothing about it. Good bloody job we scored but surely the referee can play the advantage rule and then send the offender off after the goal was awarded. For those going to Charlton tomoz, good luck and enjoy the game. I'll be listening live on Watford Player.
On a slightly different fred, I just repeatedly watched the kicking of FF off the ball and you can see that the referee looks directly at the incident and did absolutely nothing about it. Good bloody job we scored but surely the referee can play the advantage rule and then send the offender off after the goal was awarded. For those going to Charlton tomoz, good luck and enjoy the game. I'll be listening live on Watford Player. SAHornet

4:02pm Mon 1 Oct 12

lutondown says...

SAHornet wrote:
On a slightly different fred, I just repeatedly watched the kicking of FF off the ball and you can see that the referee looks directly at the incident and did absolutely nothing about it. Good bloody job we scored but surely the referee can play the advantage rule and then send the offender off after the goal was awarded. For those going to Charlton tomoz, good luck and enjoy the game. I'll be listening live on Watford Player.
So that answers your question from the other post as to whether he's a diver or a victim? And going to Charlton, because I love the football were playing.
Neuton is quality and he's a footballer in every sense of the word. He will grow and having Fitz Hall alongside will help him.
BTW. Fitz was immense Saturday, and a classier player than Taylor was..already forgot his full name!
[quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: On a slightly different fred, I just repeatedly watched the kicking of FF off the ball and you can see that the referee looks directly at the incident and did absolutely nothing about it. Good bloody job we scored but surely the referee can play the advantage rule and then send the offender off after the goal was awarded. For those going to Charlton tomoz, good luck and enjoy the game. I'll be listening live on Watford Player.[/p][/quote]So that answers your question from the other post as to whether he's a diver or a victim? And going to Charlton, because I love the football were playing. Neuton is quality and he's a footballer in every sense of the word. He will grow and having Fitz Hall alongside will help him. BTW. Fitz was immense Saturday, and a classier player than Taylor was..already forgot his full name! lutondown

4:12pm Mon 1 Oct 12

lutondown says...

lutondown wrote:
SAHornet wrote:
On a slightly different fred, I just repeatedly watched the kicking of FF off the ball and you can see that the referee looks directly at the incident and did absolutely nothing about it. Good bloody job we scored but surely the referee can play the advantage rule and then send the offender off after the goal was awarded. For those going to Charlton tomoz, good luck and enjoy the game. I'll be listening live on Watford Player.
So that answers your question from the other post as to whether he's a diver or a victim? And going to Charlton, because I love the football were playing.
Neuton is quality and he's a footballer in every sense of the word. He will grow and having Fitz Hall alongside will help him.
BTW. Fitz was immense Saturday, and a classier player than Taylor was..already forgot his full name!
So whose this Fred?!! Bit early for those Castles bud
[quote][p][bold]lutondown[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: On a slightly different fred, I just repeatedly watched the kicking of FF off the ball and you can see that the referee looks directly at the incident and did absolutely nothing about it. Good bloody job we scored but surely the referee can play the advantage rule and then send the offender off after the goal was awarded. For those going to Charlton tomoz, good luck and enjoy the game. I'll be listening live on Watford Player.[/p][/quote]So that answers your question from the other post as to whether he's a diver or a victim? And going to Charlton, because I love the football were playing. Neuton is quality and he's a footballer in every sense of the word. He will grow and having Fitz Hall alongside will help him. BTW. Fitz was immense Saturday, and a classier player than Taylor was..already forgot his full name![/p][/quote]So whose this Fred?!! Bit early for those Castles bud lutondown

4:16pm Mon 1 Oct 12

lutondown says...

One thing to add, those who doubted these Johnnycake foreigners have no passion, are not attending games.
They are committed to the cause, and I for one welcome them.
One thing to add, those who doubted these Johnnycake foreigners have no passion, are not attending games. They are committed to the cause, and I for one welcome them. lutondown

4:17pm Mon 1 Oct 12

Travelling Hornet says...

From the moment I saw Neuton on utube I knew he was exactly the type of ball playing CB that GFZ needed to
play his 'total football' .
He has made a couple of errors that resulted in goals , but show me a defender who has never made a mistake,what he brings to the side by far outweighs any negatives and anyone that is calling for him to be replaced ,to my mind, can't or wont see what's happening here.
He is an outlet from the goalkeeper, comfortable on the ball under pressure who doesnt panic and just hoof it up field to lose possession,he makes space out of
nothing and can play a killer ball , ie
The sublime pinpoint ball played with the outside of his foot to Pudil down the left side that resulted in Forestieri scraping the bar in a highly skillfull
move against Brighton.
From the moment I saw Neuton on utube I knew he was exactly the type of ball playing CB that GFZ needed to play his 'total football' . He has made a couple of errors that resulted in goals , but show me a defender who has never made a mistake,what he brings to the side by far outweighs any negatives and anyone that is calling for him to be replaced ,to my mind, can't or wont see what's happening here. He is an outlet from the goalkeeper, comfortable on the ball under pressure who doesnt panic and just hoof it up field to lose possession,he makes space out of nothing and can play a killer ball , ie The sublime pinpoint ball played with the outside of his foot to Pudil down the left side that resulted in Forestieri scraping the bar in a highly skillfull move against Brighton. Travelling Hornet

4:20pm Mon 1 Oct 12

lutondown says...

Travelling Hornet wrote:
From the moment I saw Neuton on utube I knew he was exactly the type of ball playing CB that GFZ needed to
play his 'total football' .
He has made a couple of errors that resulted in goals , but show me a defender who has never made a mistake,what he brings to the side by far outweighs any negatives and anyone that is calling for him to be replaced ,to my mind, can't or wont see what's happening here.
He is an outlet from the goalkeeper, comfortable on the ball under pressure who doesnt panic and just hoof it up field to lose possession,he makes space out of
nothing and can play a killer ball , ie
The sublime pinpoint ball played with the outside of his foot to Pudil down the left side that resulted in Forestieri scraping the bar in a highly skillfull
move against Brighton.
You got it buddy, I agree. He will be very good and he's not half as bad thus far as the haters on here would have you believe
[quote][p][bold]Travelling Hornet[/bold] wrote: From the moment I saw Neuton on utube I knew he was exactly the type of ball playing CB that GFZ needed to play his 'total football' . He has made a couple of errors that resulted in goals , but show me a defender who has never made a mistake,what he brings to the side by far outweighs any negatives and anyone that is calling for him to be replaced ,to my mind, can't or wont see what's happening here. He is an outlet from the goalkeeper, comfortable on the ball under pressure who doesnt panic and just hoof it up field to lose possession,he makes space out of nothing and can play a killer ball , ie The sublime pinpoint ball played with the outside of his foot to Pudil down the left side that resulted in Forestieri scraping the bar in a highly skillfull move against Brighton.[/p][/quote]You got it buddy, I agree. He will be very good and he's not half as bad thus far as the haters on here would have you believe lutondown

5:30pm Mon 1 Oct 12

straightnochaser says...

Watching the Brighton game from the Vicarage Road end I have to say Neuton was fouled in the build up to the Albion penalty. Had the opponent not been tugging so hard on his jersey on the referee's blind-side he would likely not have lost his balance, conceding possession on the edge of our area, which led directly, within seconds, to Pudil's concession of the pen.
Watching the Brighton game from the Vicarage Road end I have to say Neuton was fouled in the build up to the Albion penalty. Had the opponent not been tugging so hard on his jersey on the referee's blind-side he would likely not have lost his balance, conceding possession on the edge of our area, which led directly, within seconds, to Pudil's concession of the pen. straightnochaser

6:53pm Mon 1 Oct 12

SAHornet says...

lutondown wrote:
lutondown wrote:
SAHornet wrote:
On a slightly different fred, I just repeatedly watched the kicking of FF off the ball and you can see that the referee looks directly at the incident and did absolutely nothing about it. Good bloody job we scored but surely the referee can play the advantage rule and then send the offender off after the goal was awarded. For those going to Charlton tomoz, good luck and enjoy the game. I'll be listening live on Watford Player.
So that answers your question from the other post as to whether he's a diver or a victim? And going to Charlton, because I love the football were playing.
Neuton is quality and he's a footballer in every sense of the word. He will grow and having Fitz Hall alongside will help him.
BTW. Fitz was immense Saturday, and a classier player than Taylor was..already forgot his full name!
So whose this Fred?!! Bit early for those Castles bud
Never too early for a Castle or a Bud, bud. I'll be wiv you in spirit at The Valley, cheering the 2 or 3 goals we're gonna win by (but about 15 seconds after you guys do)
[quote][p][bold]lutondown[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lutondown[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: On a slightly different fred, I just repeatedly watched the kicking of FF off the ball and you can see that the referee looks directly at the incident and did absolutely nothing about it. Good bloody job we scored but surely the referee can play the advantage rule and then send the offender off after the goal was awarded. For those going to Charlton tomoz, good luck and enjoy the game. I'll be listening live on Watford Player.[/p][/quote]So that answers your question from the other post as to whether he's a diver or a victim? And going to Charlton, because I love the football were playing. Neuton is quality and he's a footballer in every sense of the word. He will grow and having Fitz Hall alongside will help him. BTW. Fitz was immense Saturday, and a classier player than Taylor was..already forgot his full name![/p][/quote]So whose this Fred?!! Bit early for those Castles bud[/p][/quote]Never too early for a Castle or a Bud, bud. I'll be wiv you in spirit at The Valley, cheering the 2 or 3 goals we're gonna win by (but about 15 seconds after you guys do) SAHornet

6:54pm Mon 1 Oct 12

SAHornet says...

lutondown wrote:
One thing to add, those who doubted these Johnnycake foreigners have no passion, are not attending games.
They are committed to the cause, and I for one welcome them.
You know where I stand on that issue.
[quote][p][bold]lutondown[/bold] wrote: One thing to add, those who doubted these Johnnycake foreigners have no passion, are not attending games. They are committed to the cause, and I for one welcome them.[/p][/quote]You know where I stand on that issue. SAHornet

7:00pm Mon 1 Oct 12

lutondown says...

SAHornet wrote:
lutondown wrote:
One thing to add, those who doubted these Johnnycake foreigners have no passion, are not attending games.
They are committed to the cause, and I for one welcome them.
You know where I stand on that issue.
Fitz Hall, did not know how good he is! Only knew him for nearly punching Boofers lights out, perhaps if had he'd have done us a favour!
I responded to your question on the Forestteri thread. Keep the faith!
[quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lutondown[/bold] wrote: One thing to add, those who doubted these Johnnycake foreigners have no passion, are not attending games. They are committed to the cause, and I for one welcome them.[/p][/quote]You know where I stand on that issue.[/p][/quote]Fitz Hall, did not know how good he is! Only knew him for nearly punching Boofers lights out, perhaps if had he'd have done us a favour! I responded to your question on the Forestteri thread. Keep the faith! lutondown

9:43pm Mon 1 Oct 12

DuffmanWFC says...

Glad to see the positive posts about Neuton on here! Yep he is a quality player with a great footballing brain.
He will benefit from having a big man like Hall playing next to him and then you still have Ekstrand or Nosworthy too! When all these very good centre backs find there feet we will be strong at the back! Especially as the left backs will be Pudil or Fanchone and right backs will be Cassetti or Doyley!
The midfield is very good when everyone is fit and we have goals up front!
I'm so happy the Pozzo's took over our club as they have proved a successful business model with Udinese and Granada and this is our best chance for a very long time that we have to get back into the premier league but not just that.... With these guys in charge we could even stay there instead of being whipping boys! For that I would be truly grateful! Come on you horns!
Glad to see the positive posts about Neuton on here! Yep he is a quality player with a great footballing brain. He will benefit from having a big man like Hall playing next to him and then you still have Ekstrand or Nosworthy too! When all these very good centre backs find there feet we will be strong at the back! Especially as the left backs will be Pudil or Fanchone and right backs will be Cassetti or Doyley! The midfield is very good when everyone is fit and we have goals up front! I'm so happy the Pozzo's took over our club as they have proved a successful business model with Udinese and Granada and this is our best chance for a very long time that we have to get back into the premier league but not just that.... With these guys in charge we could even stay there instead of being whipping boys! For that I would be truly grateful! Come on you horns! DuffmanWFC

9:48pm Mon 1 Oct 12

SAHornet says...

lutondown wrote:
SAHornet wrote:
lutondown wrote:
One thing to add, those who doubted these Johnnycake foreigners have no passion, are not attending games.
They are committed to the cause, and I for one welcome them.
You know where I stand on that issue.
Fitz Hall, did not know how good he is! Only knew him for nearly punching Boofers lights out, perhaps if had he'd have done us a favour!
I responded to your question on the Forestteri thread. Keep the faith!
Yep, got the FF thang. Cheers
[quote][p][bold]lutondown[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lutondown[/bold] wrote: One thing to add, those who doubted these Johnnycake foreigners have no passion, are not attending games. They are committed to the cause, and I for one welcome them.[/p][/quote]You know where I stand on that issue.[/p][/quote]Fitz Hall, did not know how good he is! Only knew him for nearly punching Boofers lights out, perhaps if had he'd have done us a favour! I responded to your question on the Forestteri thread. Keep the faith![/p][/quote]Yep, got the FF thang. Cheers SAHornet

3:46pm Tue 2 Oct 12

bushey tales says...

Yes, we know exactly where SA Hornet stands on this, and so many other issues. Roughly 8,000 miles away, which makes his insight and wisdom, seemingly on all matters related to the club, that much more impressive.
Yes, we know exactly where SA Hornet stands on this, and so many other issues. Roughly 8,000 miles away, which makes his insight and wisdom, seemingly on all matters related to the club, that much more impressive. bushey tales

4:09pm Tue 2 Oct 12

lutondown says...

bushey tales wrote:
Yes, we know exactly where SA Hornet stands on this, and so many other issues. Roughly 8,000 miles away, which makes his insight and wisdom, seemingly on all matters related to the club, that much more impressive.
Wish you could double that mileage.
GO SAH your view is as valid as any
[quote][p][bold]bushey tales[/bold] wrote: Yes, we know exactly where SA Hornet stands on this, and so many other issues. Roughly 8,000 miles away, which makes his insight and wisdom, seemingly on all matters related to the club, that much more impressive.[/p][/quote]Wish you could double that mileage. GO SAH your view is as valid as any lutondown

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