First Team 13/04/2018

Pereyra: “I Can Still Improve”

Roberto, 'Tucu', 'Maxi' – he has many names, but the one on the back of his shirt reads: Pereyra.

The Argentine maestro has been in fine fettle in recent weeks; he is starting to reach the levels that so impressed the Vicarage Road faithful when he first arrived from Juventus in 2016.

An injury sustained at the Etihad cruelly robbed the Hornets of their playmaker for a long period, and it has – by his own admission – affected his performances since.

But, Pereyra has stepped up and scored in consecutive games against Bournemouth and Burnley – impressing apart from his goals as well – and is on his way back to his best.

“Currently I am in a good moment, even though I still feel like it is not my best,” said Pereyra. “I think I can still improve and that is my objective.

“I want to give something more to this team. I think slowly I am getting to the level that I want.

“When I arrived, I was at a good level and now I am getting back to it, and hopefully even better.”

Aside from his own personal performances, Pereyra refuses to buy into the media perception that Watford are safe, and that they should be happy with that.

“We have had a good season,” he said. “Although we could have done even better. We could have more points than we have now, but we still have some games to go and I am looking forward to the next games.

“We are still not safe. In order to be safe we still need another win, but we have to think about the next matches and try to win all of them.

“Of course that will not be easy, but that’s what we have to aim for.”

Javi Gracia arrived in the Vicarage Road dugout in January and Pereyra, whose own formed has improved considerably since the Spaniard's appointment, is full of praise for the work done by the Head Coach so far.

“He came in and he gave us that boost of energy and emotions that we needed in that moment,” he said.

“He is a good manager, we have always been working on physical parts but he came and now we work more on the tactical part. I think the results are there to see, even though some of the matches didn’t end the way we want.

“He has been doing very well and the group is happy – that is an important thing.”


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Under-23's 13/04/2018

Academy: Contracts Confirmed

The Hornets are pleased to confirm that two further Under-23s have extended their professional contracts with Watford FC by an extra year.

Central defender Joy Mukena and winger Randell Williams will both now remain at Vicarage Road until June 2019.

The pair follow in the footsteps of defender Andrew Eleftheriou, who also signed a one-year contract extension last month prior to his loan move to Norwegian outfit Sandefjord Fotball.

Under-23 players Nathan Gartside, Dennon Lewis, Louis Rogers, Max Ryan, David Sesay, Connor Stevens and Carl Stewart will leave the club at the end of this season.

Meanwhile, Under-18 players Tom Leighton and Harry Forster have been offered one-year professional deals, with the club holding an additional one-year option on the pair’s contracts.

Second-year scholars Jubril Adedeji, Jesus Cruz Cabrera, Bradley Empson, Ben Jones and Jamie Lacy will all depart Vicarage Road at the conclusion of their scholarships this summer.

Watford FC places on record its thanks to all departing players and wishes them all the very best of luck for the future.