Gerard Deulofeu is already turning his focus to the start of the Premier League season where he will look to kick on with Watford.

Injury meant the Spanish international endured a stop-start loan spell at Vicarage Road after initially joining the club on loan in January.

He still managed to show glimpses of his quality, scoring once in seven outings, and Watford fans have seen enough of the Barcelona graduate to be excited by his arrival.

With Watford back in pre-season training, the hard work in preparing for the new season is well and truly on and Deulofeu is ready to make his mark on the Premier League.

“We have six weeks of pre-season, but focus is on the first match of the Premier League, so we have to work a lot and be ready for this season because I feel hungry for making a good season,” Deulofeu said.

“I have played in three leagues but I know that the Premier League is different. The passion of the football here is amazing. I want to make my space here in the Premier League with Watford.

“We have a good team, we have a great group, so we have to put a lot of work in every day and we have to complete our objective this season.”

For Deulofeu, pre-season could take on even greater significance given his lack of game time due to a stress fracture suffered to his foot last term.

He managed to return to first-team action as the season reached its climax, but admits he was always playing catch up with his fitness.

The 24-year-old offered a frank assessment of his fitness and says he is nearing his best as the new campaign emerges fast on the horizon.

He said: “I recovered from the injury in two months – so quickly. I played the last two or three games, but my feeling wasn’t the best.

“Now I am feeling good. We have to prepare in pre-season, and I am not there yet, but I am ready for the new season.”

With club’s the size of Barcelona and AC Milan already on his CV, there can be little doubt Deulofeu is a player of considerable potential.

He is yet to truly establish himself at one club, though, and feels the chance to do so with a Watford side with plenty of quality is a good one for his career.

“It is a great opportunity, a good option for me and I will give 100 per cent to help Watford,” he said.

“I am here because I think Watford is a great team, we have a lot of good players, and we have to work and achieve a good position in the Premier League.

“The team can do this. Every day we work and I am here because my confidence in Watford is good.”