Dan Gosling is hoping to make himself a key feature of Watford's midfield in the upcoming season, with places in the team up for grabs.

Nine new arrivals, as well as the return of Cucho Hernandez, over the summer so far means there has been a lot of change at Vicarage Road and competition for places has only increased.

However, with the likes of Will Hughes and Nathaniel Chalobah deliberating over new contracts offers, the centre of the park could provide the biggest opportunity for players to force their way into Xisco Munoz's plans.

"Of course I want to play and be a mainstay in the middle," Gosling said after the 0-0 draw with West Bromwich Albion.

"We've got a big squad, everyone needs to be ready. There's nine subs again and in the Premier League you need all your all your subs and the whole squad. Everyone will be ready.

"I've loved my time since January, so I'll be here, I'm sure. We've got five or six midfielders here, Chalo's struggling a little bit the moment, he's done a bit of training behind the scenes. He won't be too far away, so there's another body.

"The club will deal with all the players and their own situations, but I'm happy and I'm here to stay."

Another potential issue with the volume of new arrivals is the amount of time it could take for all to settle in and gel together.

Gosling is not worried about that affecting the team too much.

"It's a lot of change, but hopefully it won't take too long," he said. 

"It's the summer transfer window. Going up and buying experienced players and new players is part of football and, we needed to freshen up.

"A few people have left and moved on and hopefully they settle quickly. They look good in training, they look sharp, and the Premier League is a whole different ballgame. Everyone knows that.

"They've got a lot of pace and a lot of talent so hopefully they settle quick."