11/08/2017

Fixtures | Games Moved For TV

Live UK TV broadcast selections for October & November have now been made, with Watford having been chosen for the four fixtures stated below:

Watford v Arsenal: Saturday October 14, 2017, 5.30pm live on BT Sport (moved from same date, 3pm)

Chelsea v Watford: Monday October 23, 2017, 8.00pm live on Sky Sports (moved from Sat Oct 21, 3pm)

Note: should either Chelsea or Watford make it through to Carabao Cup Round Four, this fixture will automatically revert to Sat Oct 21, 12.30pm live on Sky Sports. 

Watford v West Ham United: Sunday November 19, 2017, 4pm live on Sky Sports (moved from Sat Nov 18, 3pm)

Watford v Manchester United: Tuesday November 28, 2017, 8pm live on BT Sport (moved from same date, 7.45pm)

Additionally, the fixture list shows the date of our Carabao Cup Round Two home tie against Bristol City (still subject to alteration for live TV broadcast):

- Watford v Bristol City, Tuesday August 22, 2017, 7.45pm ko.

For reference, the next TV selections are due to be announced on or before Thursday October 11.

First Team 10/08/2017

Giraldi | “The Best Step For Him”

By Kevin Affleck

Technical Director Filippo Giraldi says Watford are "really happy" to secure the services of long-time target Richarlison after fighting off the attention of "two big clubs" to land the exciting young forward.

The club were delighted to announce on Tuesday that the Brazilian had penned a five-year contract at Vicarage Road after the 20-year-old was granted a work permit by the Home Office.

No Under-21 player scored more goals than Richarlison in Brazil's top-flight last season and Giraldi says the club were thrilled to get the deal over the line.

"We are very pleased," said Giraldi. "It's not been easy as there were two very big clubs around him. It's then never easy to convince the player that our project is the best step for him.

"He had two very concrete, very strong offers from other big clubs but the fact we have Marco here as Head Coach has helped. The coach can speak to him in Portuguese and that was very helpful."

Silva will be able to now call on a player who will be able to play anywhere across the front line. 

"He's a player that can play on the left, on the right and in a central position," he explained.

"He's very versatile, has very good technique and his finishing is good. He's got good pace, so he has all the important characteristics to play in England. Physically, he is a player that is ready."

Richarlison in action for Brazil's Under-20s

Watford have always recruited from far and wide with one eye on the future but, along with Nathaniel Chalobah and Will Hughes, Richarlison has been signed very much for the here and now. 

"He is still a young player with a lot of development ahead of him but he's definitely a player for now," says Giraldi.

"We expect him to go straight into contention. South American players always take time to adapt to the culture. He might need a month, two months or six months and we will give him the time he needs. But there is no doubt about his quality and we have very high expectations for him. He is a very, very good person also."

Giraldi has previously told us how the deployment of the club's vast scouting network is "like a spy story". Watford's South American "spy" has been hugely influential in firstly tracking Richarlison and then endorsing the move for the former Fluminense man.

"He was one of our main targets for a long time," says Giraldi.

"We saw him a long time ago when he was around the Under-20 national team. Our scout in South American always had him on his list and kept telling us how much he had improved this year. He's been the strongest name on our list since November and it's a deal we've been working on for a long time. We are really happy." 

Giraldi says the signings of Andre Gray, Hughes and Chalobah mean the club is now "looked at differently", a place for young English talent to come and seek regular football. Yet, says the Technical Director, they will continue to plunder alternative markets like the South American one and mine young talents like Adalberto Penaranda and Richarlison. 

"We like the South American market," says Giraldi. "You can find value in the market there. It's a very, very good zone for us and where we are Identifying targets all the time. It's getting harder to keep them a secret, though."