First Team 1 week ago

Team News: Southampton

Quique Sánchez Flores said he wants to focus on the players he does have available for Saturday’s trip to Southampton, insisting he will not risk the health of those who are injured.

The Head Coach will be without Craig Dawson (head), Christian Kabasele (hamstring) and Daryl Janmaat (knee) this weekend. They join Tom Cleverley (heel), Danny Welbeck (hamstring) and Sebastian Prödl (knee) on the injury list. Daniel Bachmann (hamstring) and Domingos Quina (groin) have trained during the week.

“[Dawson] will not be available, he received a couple of cuts in the head and has had stitches,” said Sánchez Flores. “It would be a risk to play the player and we are not going to risk any player. We are not this desperate to risk a player, not now and not in the future. We need to respect the players.”

Captain Troy Deeney has continued to regain fitness during the week, while Roberto Pereyra’s inclusion in first-team training was a positive for the Hornets – although this weekend may come too soon for the Argentine according to Sánchez Flores.

“I’m not sure if he [Pereyra] is in a position to play in the first XI,” he said. “It’s been two weeks now [since his injury] and we need to feel like the players are at 100 per cent to play. So, if I don’t feel like he is 100 per cent to play in the first XI then he will not play in the first XI.”

Sánchez Flores will have to utilise the depth of his squad for a big fixture against the Saints, and he insisted the players waiting in the wings are ready for their opportunity.

“We need to think about the players we have,” said the Head Coach. “They are ready to play, they are ready to go on the pitch, they are wishing to go in the first XI. So, the players we can use are the players we need to think about.

“The players who are not able to train and who are recovering, the only thing we can do is try to support them, try to give them the best medicines, treatment and recovery, and think about how they can help the team in the future.”

First Team 2 weeks ago

Big Interview: Daryl Janmaat

In his own words, Daryl Janmaat talks through Troy Deeney's return, nights at the darts and his Watford supporting family for a feature originally published in the match programme.


THE CAPTAIN RETURNS

It’s so important having Troy Deeney back in the squad. It’s good that he’s back and hopefully the other injured players can also come back soon so that we can have a full squad and go from there, because we’re much stronger with everyone fit. We know all about Troy, he’s important, he’s a vocal guy and he’s the captain so it’s good to have him around again. I don’t think I’ve ever had a teammate before who has been at the same club for almost 10 years – that’s a long time in football! He is really important for the club and to play an entire decade here just proves that. It’s good for him and good for the club. He is the face of Watford.

SMELLS LIKE TEAM SPIRIT

We have a good group of guys here but the player I get on best with is probably Dan Bachmann. Sometimes we go out and we recently had dinner together with a good group of people from the club. It’s really nice because we have a very close team. You have different relationships with every player and you always have some players you are closer to, but it’s a good squad and we have some nice guys. We like to try to do things together as a team and that is the best way to be.

DARTS & DUTCH CONNECTIONS

One of the best trips we’ve had as a team was when we went to the darts a few years ago for our Christmas party. I arranged the tickets through Raymond van Barneveld, who I know because we come from the same city in Holland. I don’t remember exactly where we met the first time, but we live not far from each other. There were quite a few of us who went there from the squad and it was really nice. I like to follow the World Darts Championship and the next one will be next month, although the rest of the year I don’t follow it quite so closely. Last year I went to watch the darts with some friends from Holland and maybe this year I will go if I can get tickets. If not, I’ll be staying at home to watch the football instead.

FAMILY MATTERS

I’ve got three kids; they’re aged two, five and eight. The eldest was recently a mascot for the game against Chelsea. He loves it – he did it when I was at Newcastle too and he always likes to go on the pitch. He really enjoyed the day and wants to do it again already! All my kids are big Watford fans – they have shirts with Janmaat on the back so it’s nice that they are supporting me and the team I play for. Recently we went to Disneyland as a family. I see quite a lot of footballers go there and Kiko Femenía was actually there at the same time as me. We didn’t see each other but I did see on Instagram that he was there. It was mostly a trip for the kids but we all had a great time.

DJ DARYL

I was recently asked to pick the pre-match playlist at Vicarage Road and my three chosen songs were by Kygo (Higher Love), Regard (Ride It) and Ed Sheeran (South of the Border). I think it’s quite a good mix of everything – a little bit of Top 40 – but I like every type of music really. I wouldn’t describe myself as a huge music fan but I always listen to music in the car and on the way to games. I like a bit of everything, I’m not the type of guy who will only listen to one type of music, so I will listen to a mixture of every style.

OUT TO IMPRESS

I didn’t know at first that Quiqué Sánchez Flores was a right-back until a little after he came, but since then I’ve heard that is where he played. You always try to impress a new coach because you know there are new chances, so you try to impress and do your best. There is always a freshness in the team when a new coach arrives with new ideas. Sometimes he talks to me about how he was a right-back as well, but not too much. He tries to give his opinion but not only to me, to all the players. We speak about everything.