Baah: “I'm Very Grateful & Ready To Start”

By: Watford FC Staff

Kwadwo Baah is relishing the opportunity to test himself at the highest level after swapping League One for the Premier League.

Baah signed for the Hornets earlier this summer off the back of a breakthrough season with Rochdale in which the 18-year-old made 38 first-team appearances.

“I’ve got great people around me so I wasn’t too involved with all the transfer rumours,” said the forward.

“I just put my head down and focused on what I had to do at Rochdale until the end of the season and then made my decision.

“It wasn’t an easy decision, but the people around me guided me here so they know what is best for me. I’m very grateful and I’m ready to start here.”

Part of Crystal Palace’s academy as a youngster, the teenager feels as though he has matured since leaving the Eagles to put his career truly back on track.

“You can have all the ability in the world, be the best player in your team or school, but mentality takes you forward,” said Baah.

“Being the best behaved really shows that you want to be here and want to be the best you can. Without good behaviour I don’t think you can go far.

“League One is a very physical league so you have to mentally adapt to that. It makes you become a man, so taking my experiences from League One I think can benefit me in the Premier League.”

Baah scored three times for Rochdale last campaign, including a 'Goal of the Month' winner against Charlton, and bagged two assists. The speedy forward likes to take on defenders and is prepared to get stuck in too.

“I got quite a lot of fouls but I didn’t lose my head, I always kept my ground,” he said. “If I had lost my head I would have got many red cards but I kept my head, doing what I do, and I think it benefitted me.

“The Charlton game was quite a rough game, scoring two goals at their ground meant they were prepared for me back at home. I kept my head and pushed on.”

Baah has plenty of experience already for his age but is hoping to glean some tips and tricks from his new teammates, many of whom are veterans of the Premier League.

“I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “Especially Troy Deeney, he’s a club legend here so I’m here to adapt and learn with him, see what he’s got and show what I’ve got. He can teach me certain things that I need to learn and need to improve on, so I'm very happy.”

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