Loan striker Marcello Trotta is enjoying life at Watford but was disappointed with his debut performance and is confident he can score goals in the Championship.

Trotta joined the Hornets on loan last Thursday and made his debut against Southampton.

But Watford struggled to create chances during the 3-0 defeat and Trotta rarely looked like scoring - his only half chance ended with John Eustace getting in his way.

When asked if he was pleased with his debut performance, Trotta admitted: "To be honest not really no. It was a hard game for us and we didn't create lots of chances and as a striker, when you don't do this, it can upset you some times but you just have to try to be positive ahead of the next game."

Trotta has been at the Hornets just over a week now and is enjoying life in Hertfordshire.

He said: "Things have gone well and it is a nice club. Everyone is friendly, I have settled well and everything is nice here."

Trotta grew up just outside Naples, Italy, and joined Serie A club Napoli at the age of 11.

He moved to England as a 16-year-old and joined Manchester City but decided to leave for Fulham after just three months.

The 19-year-old first caught the eye of Watford's staff in the summer when Fulham played the Hornets in a behind-closed-doors friendly.

Fulham faced Watford Reserves again in November and Trotta scored in the 4-1 win - as did fellow loanee Alex Kacaniklic.

Trotta joined League One strugglers Wycombe Wanderers a week later and despite the Chairboys winning just two of the eight games he played in, the Italian still scored eight goals.

He believes the loan move was an important step in his career and provided him with a real confidence boost.

Trotta said: "When I was at Wycombe, it was the first time I played first team games so I was a bit scared but when you score it gives you lots of confidence. Then when you are more confident, you can perform better. The loan gave me a lot of confidence and that is a good thing in football. I have lots of confidence."

Wycombe were keen to extend Trotta's loan but the player and Fulham wanted the striker to challenge himself at a higher level.

The 3-0 defeat to Southampton was a baptism of fire for Trotta and he noticed the step up in quality immediately.

He said: "There is a difference between the two divisions and we played a quality team which made it even harder. It is different because it is a higher level with higher quality players so everything is harder. You just have to try your best."

But despite the step up and lack of opportunities on Saturday, Trotta remains confident that he can score goals at Championship level.

He said: "I think you have to be confident and I think I can score goals at this level. Of course it is harder but as a striker you have to think positively as you try to score goals."

Trotta describes himself as a striker who does his best work around the box and whilst he likes the ball to feet, believes he is able to get in behind defenders.

The loan is for an initial month but because it is a 'youth loan', it can be continuously extended if all parties agree.

When asked what he hopes to achieve during his time at Vicarage Road, Trotta replied: "The first thing I want is to get games at Championship level and prove myself at a different level. I also want to score as much as I can."