First Team 30/01/2018

Official | Hornets Sign Lukebakio

The Hornets are delighted to announce the signing of exciting young winger Dodi Lukebakio.

The gifted Belgium Under-21 international, who arrives from Charleroi, has agreed a four-and-a-half-year contract at Vicarage Road.

Lukebakio started out with Belgian side Anderlecht, where he appeared 18 times in both domestic and Europa League fixtures.

The 20-year-old also spent time on loan at French Ligue 1 outfit Toulouse and more recently back in Belgium with Charleroi, where he scored three goals in 20 appearances.

Prior to appearing for the Belgian Under-21 side, Lukebakio was capped at a senior international level by DR Congo.


Aranalde | “Everybody Is Ready”

With flu-struck Javi Gracia excused, pre-Stoke media duties fell on his Assistant Coach Zigor Aranalde today at Watford's London Colney training base. 

The face may have changed, but the message didn't. Aranalde sung straight from Gracia's hymn sheet. The talk was of unity, and of focus, as was the case before and after the ill-fated FA Cup trip to Southampton. 

“The only message is, we together as a club, and the players are looking forward to the next game,” he explained.

“We will go there to perform, and to try to get the points. That's the only message we can give. We will do the best to take this club forward.”

Sky Sports' Ian Bolton might have felt as though he was getting the straight bat treatment from Aranalde. He was probing for more, for an admission that the game at the Bet365 Stadium tomorrow night is must-win, but the Spaniard was unmoved. 

“It's the next game, the most important match. We can't look over that match. We're focused on it. We'll go to Stoke, everybody is ready. That's our only objective - go to Stoke, perform and get the points.

“We all know the game is significant. This one, and all the rest. We will face it with the importance it has got. Everybody is ready.”

Aranalde confirmed that Head Coach Gracia would be fit and ready to take his place in the dugout for the Potters' clash, and ran through the Hornets' team news ahead of the game. 

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