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Watford boss Walter Mazzarri faces the media ahead of Saturday's trip to Hull City in the Premier League

Mazzarri on Deeney, Niang & Mapps

Walter Mazzarri kept his cards close to his chest with regards to team news as he faced the media today (Thursday) – “last time we didn't talk about injuries and we won” – but he did offer some thoughts on three members of the Hornets' squad.

Troy Deeney was restored to the line-up on Saturday after being named among the substitutes against Tottenham Hotspur the previous week. 

“Troy has been on the bench only three times,” the Head Coach explained.

“When I make the choice, I only do it thinking about the team. Many times in my career I've named the captain on the bench but I always make my decision with the interest of the squad.

“John Terry has been at Chelsea for 20 years and is the captain. He's been on the bench but that doesn't mean they don't respect him or they don't listen to him. My relationship with the player doesn't change if I pick him or don't pick him.”

M'Baye Niang has started every game since he joined on loan from AC Milan, and Mazzarri was asked about the possibility of turning his move into a permanent stay.  

“I wanted him here,” said the Head Coach.

"If he plays like he did in the last two matches, I would really like him to stay. There are a lot of factors involved, like what Milan thinks, but we hope to keep him.”

Adrian Mariappa has started the last two games and played a starring role off the bench against West Brom. His impact has thrilled Mazzarri. 

“He's a real positive from the last few games,” said Mazzarri.

“He was ready after a long time being injured. I know now I can count on him and he can be one of my first XI. I am very pleased with him.”

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