First Team 03/09/2017

Zeegelaar | “I Want To Grow”

After a few hours at the Hornets' London Colney Training Ground making sure of the dots and crosses on his Watford contract, new signing Marvin Zeegelaar sat down for a brief chat with to discuss his move from Sporting Lisbon. 

It wasn't a difficult decision to make, despite the prospect of Champions League football in Portugal, which would have included trips to Juventus and Barcelona.

Like so many of his peers before him, Zeegelaar explained how he has looked at the English top flight from afar and hoped the day would come when he might take part.  

“Everybody wants to play in the Premier League,” he said. 

“For me, it's the best league in the world. The football is good, the fans are great and the atmosphere is always loud. Every player you speak to, more or less, has the same idea.”

That opportunity and the ambition of the Hornets to continue making progress after two seasons in the Premier League were an important factor in his decision to leave Lisbon, and the former Ajax man believes he can bring important assets to the Golden Boys' cause.

Zeegelaar in action against Real Madrid last season

"It's a good club, it's a club that wants to grow and I want to grow too. I just turned 27, I've played three years in the Portuguese league - one with Sporting Lisbon and two with a smaller club called Rio Ave. 

"I like to get forward and cross the ball from left-back, if I can help going forward I will. I feel I have a lot to offer. I want to help us finish as high as possible. You can't look too far into the future but I'm delighted to be here and hopefully we can have a good run.” 

Having never crossed paths with Marco Silva at Sporting, Zeegelaar sounded out those who did work with the Watford Head Coach before making his decision.

"I've heard very good things about the Coach. I never played under him, but everyone who I know that played under him said good things so I'm excited to join the group and start training.” 

First Team 01/09/2017

Confirmed | Hornets' Squad Submitted

Watford have submitted their 25-man squad to the Premier League this afternoon (Friday).

Defender Craig Cathcart has not been included in the squad due to his knee injury. The Northern Irishman has been under assessment by specialists this week after he was forced off early in the second half last weekend against Brighton & Hove Albion. 

“Craig has had his knee assessed by three specialists and we are in agreement that surgery is the best course of action to give him the best and quickest recovery period” said Performance Director Gavin Benjafield.

“He will have surgery early next week and then begin an intensive period of rehabilitation.”

Fellow defender Tommie Hoban also misses out following his recent knee operation.

Full 25-Man Squad

Nordin Amrabat
Daniel Bachmann
Miguel Britos
Étienne Capoue
André Carrillo
Nathaniel Chalobah
Tom Cleverley
Troy Deeney
Abdoulaye Doucouré
Kiko Femenía
Heurelho Gomes
Andre Gray
José Holebas
Will Hughes
Daryl Janmaat
Christian Kabasele
Younès Kaboul
Orestis Karnezis
Adrian Mariappa
Stefano Okaka
Roberto Pereyra
Sebastian Prödl
Molla Wague
Ben Watson
Marvin Zeegelaar

Note - the squad list is subject to change with approval from the Premier League Board due to other federations' transfer windows remaining open until later dates.