Hughes | “We're Looking Ahead”
Former England Under-21 international Will Hughes struggled to break into the starting line-up during his first couple of months at Vicarage Road. However, since making his debut against Stoke and impressing in his first start against Everton before the international break, the future certainly looks bright for the Hornets' young midfielder.
Since joining from Derby County in the summer midfielder Hughes believes the different nationalities around the dressing room at Vicarage Road have brought him out of his comfort zone and helped him grow.
“The majority of the players come from different cultures. Coming from an English club at Derby where there were maybe one or two foreign lads it’s a nice change to learn about different cultures and learn different things both on and off the pitch.” Hughes said.
A factor in his success may be down to Watford's positive start. Winning and losing four league games and drawing the other three leaves the club sitting in ninth place in the Premier League.
With three of those defeats coming in the last three fixtures, it has been something of a blip in an otherwise impressive start. Despite Hughes only recently coming into the side, he believes he and his fellow teammates are only looking at the positives, whether they’re starting games or not.
“Apart from the last couple of results we’ve had a flying start to the season,” he said.
“There’s a close-knit team spirit in the changing room, lads that haven’t been playing have gathered around the lads that have and when called upon they’ve produced.
“It’s all seemed to have clicked so far. A lot of people thought we would struggle this season. There’s a long way to go but we’ve had a good start.”
Watford face a West Ham side without a win away from home so far this season and without a win their last four league games.
This will be David Moyes’ first game in charge of the Hammers and Hughes is sure his teammates will not be taking the opposition lightly as they prepare like they would for any other game, with only one thing on their mind.
“We’re not going into the game thinking it’s any different. We’re going into it to get the three points - whoever is in charge it makes no difference. We know what to expect and we’re going to go in doing what we do best.
“West Ham are struggling at the moment but I’m sure it will turn for them, but hopefully not this Sunday.”
Hughes believes Watford have nothing to fear come Sunday and that one good result can change everything with the Englishman’s focus firmly on what lays ahead.
“The table’s very close at the moment. The last few results haven’t been great for us but one good result in our favour can push us back up the table, that’s what we’re aiming for. We’re not looking behind us, we’re looking ahead.”