Getting to grips with life in the Premier League is never an easy task, but Kiko Femenia has made it look easier than most.

The marauding right-back has become an integral part of Watford’s defence and provides an important attacking outlet to boot.

Marco Silva has hailed the defender’s work ethic, which has seen him get over a rocky start to life at the Vic and believes Femenia deserves plaudits for his form.

Silva said: “I am happy he adapted really fast to our way and philosophy, even though he is not a tall player and not too strong in some moments of the match.

“He is a smart boy and understands what I want in our defensive organisation as well. In my style of play, he is a player who can support in our attacking style.”

Femenia started the season behind Daryl Janmaat in the pecking order, but has since made the most of an injury to the Dutchman to cement a starting spot.

Silva says the 26-year-old has impressed him with the way he has risen to the challenge of stepping in for Janmaat and is good value for his place in the Watford starting XI.

“At this moment to play in our starting XI ahead of Daryl Janmaat it is because he has done well,” he said.

“After Janmaat had the injury, Kiko took his chance and worked hard to keep his position and now he keeps it because he is really working hard.

“He had good performances as well in the last matches and now is the moment for Janmaat to work hard and this is normal as well.”