Deulofeu: “It’s About How We Finish The Season”
Gerard Deulofeu is honest enough to admit the season thus far has not gone to plan – on an individual basis as well as for the team.
At times the Spaniard has looked like Watford’s most likely creator of goals, but he’s the first to admit there’s a whole lot more to come from the attacker who has scored twice in 17 league outings.
“It’s not enough – my individual performance and also the team performance,” Deulofeu said, speaking ahead of Sunday’s Manchester United test.
“We are in a really bad situation and we have to change it, but what I have to say is it’s not about how we started the season, it’s about how we finish it.
“We have time to change and for me to improve my individual statistics and help the team.”
The visit of Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side marks Nigel Pearson’s first home game in the Watford dugout, and Deulofeu has been impressed by the new Head Coach’s impact on and off the football pitch.
“We are all really happy with the coach because he likes to be really organised and he controls everything,” he said.
“He has good organisation outside the pitch but also inside the pitch, and that’s the main thing. He wants to press high and play in the other part of the pitch, and that’s what I like.
“Earlier in the season we defended a lot and with the quality of players we have I think we have to go forward, press high and put the other team in difficulty. That’s what we did against Crystal Palace and last time at Anfield.
“We know it’s going to be a really tough game [against Manchester United] but we have to play with intensity and power. We know we will have chances, even though they’re a really good team.
“We have the chance to win for the first time at home this season and we have to do it, because the fans deserve it.”
Asked what personal objectives he would be setting for the second half of 2019/20, Deulofeu said he’s working hard to improve what he offers the Hornets in the final third.
“I want to keep creating chances and helping the team with one v ones and shooting,” he said.
“I know the most important thing is finishing the action and that’s what I have to improve, but I’m not worried and I know it’s going to come because I feel with power and with energy and I’m going to keep going in my job.”