After impressing as a right winger in the 1-0 win against Everton Kiko Femenia could be set for a prolonged stint in the position, according to Watford head coach Javi Gracia.

The 27-year-old returned from more than two months out on Saturday as Gracia introduced him as a second half substitute.

His decision to play him further up the field rather than at right-back proved to be an inspired one as Femenia helped create Troy Deeney’s winner, and Gracia sees a future in the position for the Spaniard.

“Yes he is a different option. He can play like he did the other night against Everton, but he always can play wing-back or right-back as part of a back four,” Gracia said.

“I think all the players played well in their last match, but Kiko, who is not at his best [fitness] level, I think the last 20 minutes he made three or four crosses and one shot.

“He played well for the team and worked in the right way.”

Having managed in Spain while Femenia was making his name in his homeland Gracia has been aware of the flying full-back for some time.

The Watford boss says he is now enjoying getting the chance to work alongside the former Barcelona man.

He said: “I know him for a long time, but not personally. I'm happy to stay here with him and try together to do the best for Watford.”