Emmanuel Dennis: “He is a very good player. He has good technique, he’s fast and can score goals, he’s very intelligent. He just has to keep fit, keep taking his chances and scoring goals. I think if the season is going to turn around, they have to keep Dennis, [Ismaïla] Sarr and [Joshua] King firing, get goals home and away and escape relegation.”
Premier League in Nigeria: “It means a lot because we grew up watching the Premier League in Nigeria. Me especially, when I was growing up it was the league we all talked about. It’s a very big thing in Nigeria and every Nigerian wants their countrymen to play in the Premier League. If they play in the other leagues they think something is missing.
“I’m happy there are some Nigerians at Watford, I just hope the team do well and avoid relegation.
“Even in the national team now, you have to play in the Premier League to have a strong fit in the national team. Playing in the Premier League gives you an edge ahead of other players playing in different leagues. No disrespect to players in other leagues but it’s the best in the world.”
Heroes growing up: “Growing up watching [Nwankwo Kanu for Arsenal, Jay-Jay Okocha at Bolton Wanderers, you watch the league and see fellow Nigerians doing well, and it gives you joy and happiness that one day you will be there.”
Moving to Watford: “I remember I was at Granada in Spain, we gained promotion to La Liga and I played two or three seasons there. My agent asked me, “Is it okay for you to play in the Championship in England?” I know the team were doing well and just missed promotion, with Troy Deeney, [Matěj] Vydra, [Fernando] Forestieri.
“I spoke to Gino [Pozzo] and he said ‘when you come here, I believe we can gain promotion to the Premier League.’ My dream was to play in the Premier League, I knew what I was doing and what I wanted. I knew, me joining a team with the crop of players they had, we had a chance to gain promotion. Luckily we did well, I think I scored 20 goals and Troy scored 21. Gaining promotion to the Premier League was one of the most exciting moments in my life, with the fans and everyone was so excited.