Under-23 | “Thankful To Get My Goal”

Having arrived at Watford in the summer, Randell Williams was delighted to score his first goal for the Under-23s during Monday’s 2-0 win over Bristol City.

The pacey attacker sped past his marker before cutting inside and firing low into the near corner to double the Hornets’ advantage over the Robins, and the ex-Crystal Palace man admitted it was a goal he felt had been coming in recent weeks.

“I was really happy to open my account,” said Williams.

“I’ve had a couple of chances in the last few games and I just haven’t managed to put them away, but I’m thankful to get my goal finally and it was really good.”

Predominantly fielded as a winger before signing for the Hornets, Williams has been employed in a more central attacking position in recent games and it’s a role the 20-year-old is enjoying.

“When I first came I just loved to play wide, but now I prefer to play more central, where I can get on the ball more and turn,” he said.

“When you’re wide there’s usually just a line option or a pass back, so I’m enjoying the variety of playing up-front.”

After a stop-start introduction to life at The Vic, Williams has now started the last four Under-23 fixtures and is targeting more goals and further progress as the season continues.

“At first it [my progress] was a bit slow. I started playing left wing-back but got injured and was out of the team for a bit,” he said.

“Then I started to play up-front and I’ve been playing well, and that’s why I’ve stayed on the pitch. 

“I’ve just got to keep doing what I’m doing, hopefully get more goals and then proceed and hopefully get a chance in the first-team.”


FPL Review | Gameweek 10

It was another disappointing week for the Hornets as they succumbed to a 1-0 loss against Stoke at Vicarage Road in Gameweek 10.

Despite continued pressure, the hosts were unable to break down a resolute Potters defence and Darren Fletcher’s first half goal was the difference between the two sides. Fletcher (11 points) also took home the three bonus points with Xherdan Shaqiri (5) picking up the assist.

Defenders Kurt Zouma (8) and Kevin Wimmer (7) also received bonus points as no Watford player scored more than two points.

Hornets captain Troy Deeney (£6.3) received a 3 game suspension on Tuesday after an altercation with Joe Allen, leaving Andre Gray (£6.3) ready to fill the vacant striker role.

He’ll be looking to add to his one goal this season as the Golden Boys face a trip to struggling Everton. Richarlison (£6.4) and Andre Carrillo (£5.5) look to be the support for Gray with Roberto Pereyra (£5.8) potentially still sidelined. 

A midweek injury to Harry Kane saw Fantasy managers scrambling to change their forward line ahead of Gameweek 10. A generally low-scoring week saw defenders come out on top however, as Sead Kolasinac was the highest scoring player with 14 points after a goal and assist against Swansea. 

Fernandinho (13) and Leroy Sane (12) impressed for Manchester City in their 3-2 win over West Brom, while Leicester’s Christian Fuchs (12) and Liverpool’s James Milner (12) picked up an assist each in their respective wins.

Joe Meehan snuck to the top of the Watford global league by 2 points, while Buse Rita Yuce was the big new entry in the top 10 tabling 88 points in the week. Congratulations if you made the top 10!

The winner of the Hornets' global fan league will win a signed Watford shirt

Tip of the week

Keep checking starting line-ups to spot low-ownership players regularly starting for their clubs. Examples include last week’s tip Alberto Moreno and Manchester United’s Phil Jones who both had successful gameweeks.

Players To Watch 

1) Junior Stanislas (AFC Bournemouth, £5.9) has started the Cherries’ last five games since returning from injury, and will look to impress with a particularly favourable run of games. 

2) Kevin Wimmer (Stoke City, £4.4) is considerably cheaper than other Stoke defenders and worth keeping an eye on after returning to the starting line-up against Watford.  

3) Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur, £12.7) was sold by many ahead of Gameweek 10 yet could see an imminent price increase with a home tie against bottom side Crystal Palace coming up this weekend. Worth getting in early.

Best of luck for Gameweek 11, FPL managers!