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Head Coach pleased with performances of new signings

Mazzarri Praises Cleverley & Niang Impact

By Kevin Affleck


Walter Mazzarri said he is delighted with the positive impact loan signings Tom Cleverley and M'Baye Niang have had on his rejuvenated Watford team.

Cleverley has added energy and quality to Watford's midfield and fitted in seamlessly, both on and off the field, since he joined on loan from Everton.

"I want to say how Cleverley has surprised me in how well he has managed to settle into our team," said the Head Coach. "It's like he has been playing with us for a very long time."

The 27-year-old is back at Vicarage Road for the second time as a loan player but there is a big chance the deal could be made permanent in the summer. 

"It would make me very happy if he stays with us," said Mazzarri. "It is important he keeps playing well and I don't see there will be any problems."

Tom Cleverley rejoined the Hornets during the January transfer window

Niang has been just as transformative as Cleverley. The 22-year-old has looked equally comfortable on either flank and played the role of both architect and executioner, creating a goal for Troy Deeney and scoring another himself against Burnley. Watford have won both the games he has started. 

"He's a very young player and didn't play as much at his previous team," said Mazzarri, speaking ahead of tomorrow's trip to Manchester United.

"It's important what he will do tomorrow [not the past]. In the past two games he has played extremely well. Now it's time to see if he can make the next step and produce his best performance for the whole 90 minutes."


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