First Team 21/12/2018

Defender Departs: Farewell To Kaboul

The Hornets have agreed to cancel the contract of defender Younès Kaboul by mutual consent.

It brings to and the former France international’s two-and-half-year association with Watford FC, beginning with his late August 2016 debut against Arsenal.

And it was the Gunners against whom he scored the more memorable of his two goals in Hornets’ colours, helping to claim a notable scalp at Emirates Stadium in January 2017. 

The 32-year-old made a total of 26 appearances for the club, nearly all of which during the 2016/17 campaign.

Everyone at Watford FC wishes Younès well for the future and thanks him for his contributions while at Vicarage Road.

First Team 21/12/2018

Quina: “I Feel At Home”

By Ryan Prentice

Domingos Quina has been speaking about how it has been settling in at Watford, and how he feels about being labelled as one of the ‘bargain buys’ of the summer transfer window.

The Portuguese Under-20s player, has also underplayed the importance of possibly lining-up against his former side West Ham United at the London Stadium this weekend.

“It’s not a chance to show them [what they are missing], I still talk to some of the players, but I wasn’t disappointed to leave, it was the right time to leave,” said Quina. “I’m not really worried [about going back] it might be my first time but I’m going there as a Watford player and I’m going there to do my best to get the win.”

Some people have dubbed the former-Hammer as a ‘bargain buy’, but Quina has shrugged off any pressure that might come with that label.

“I’m not worried about the price, it’s just a number,” said the midfielder. “I’m just here to play and improve my football, and show people why I can play in the Premier League.”

Watch Quina in training via the Hornets' official YouTube channel, below.

And, some of the more experienced players have been helping the youngster adapt to the top division.

“I feel at home here,” said the Portuguese. “Everyone welcomed me here, they have the right plans for me at the moment. 

 “Troy has been telling me that I’m ‘in the big boy leagues now’, so I can’t be making the same mistakes than when I was in the Under-23s. I need to think quickly and do everything else a little quicker.”

Last weekend Quina became the youngest Premier League goal scorer for Watford, in the 3-2 win against Cardiff - taking the record from legend Tommy Smith - but he's not getting ahead of himself.

“I set myself targets – not to score goals – my target personally is to get 10 to15 games in the season,” said Quina. “I don’t put pressure on myself, I try to do my best every game. Goals are a bonus.”