My Best: Andre Gray
By Kevin Affleck
Hornets forward talks through his best players, matches and more in a quick-fire interview...
Best player you've played with?
“That's a tough one as there have been a few, particularly at Watford, but I'm going to say Richarlison. Everyone expected this stereotypical Brazilian, full of tricks and flicks that we are all used to seeing, but he was completely different. He played like he had been playing in the Premier League for years and was just so strong and so quick. You've seen how good he is by what he's gone on to do since.”
Best player you've played against?
“Eden Hazard. I remember playing against him when I was at Burnley and you couldn't get near him. He came out and played with his laces undone and just completely ran the show. There is nothing you can do when he plays like that. You can't even take him out or make a tactical foul as he's that one or two steps ahead of everybody else.”
Best player you've seen live?
“I haven't seen many games live, but I was on the bench at Burnley when we played City and Kevin De Bruyne was unbelievable. He's the best midfielder in the league. His technical ability is on another level.”
Best captain you've player under?
“I'm going to say Jonathan Douglas when I was at Brentford. We had such a young team, with lots of players who had come from the league below and he was a proper leader for us, exactly what we needed. He pushed us and never let us get complacent even when we were doing well. He made sure we trained properly every day and you knew about it if you weren't. He was integral to what we did at Brentford.”
Best character in the dressing room?
“Fozzy. He's never negative about anything and I'm starting to get worried just how positive he is! He is always smiling, always happy and he's a breath of fresh air around the place. He's got the best attitude of anyone I've played with.”
Best game you've played in?
“The FA Cup semi-final against Wolves. I thought we were done, down and out at one point. We didn't play very well in the first half and then when they scored their second, I thought it was game over. They were all over us. So to come back and do what we did was massive. It was a very special day.”
Best coach you've worked under?
“I'd say David Weir, again when I was at Brentford. I'd jumped up a few leagues to join Brentford and he worked with me every day, pushing me to do better. He was the most hands-on coach I've ever worked with. After every game, there would be analysis for the defenders, the midfielders and the strikers and the conversation would be very open around the clips. It helped me a lot.”
Best friend in football?
“I try to get on with everyone so it's difficult to name one. I'm still in a WhatsApp group with about five of the lads from my Luton days. I still talk to Moses Odubajo and Nico Yennaris from my time at Brentford and I'm in touch with a lot of the boys at Burnley. Then at Watford, there is Troy, Mapps, Caps, Chalo, Domingos, Clevs, Hughesy...literally everyone.”
Best game you've been to?
“I've not been to many games when I haven't been playing, but the last game I went out of my way to go to was the FA Cup final between Man City and Wigan, the one when Ben Watson scored. I got tickets as I got player of the round when I was at Luton.”
Best atmosphere you've been involved in?
“The Wolves game at Wembley was right up there, just simply because of the amount of people there and the noise they made. But the atmosphere at Vicarage Road when I scored the winners at home against Everton, Leicester and Palace was also special.”
Best game involving the team you support?
“I don't support anyone, really. I did follow Arsenal when I was younger but that was a Thierry Henry thing. There are three games I've jumped out of my seat when watching. The Champions League final between United and Bayern Munich; the Champions League final when Drogba got the winner for Chelsea and when Barcelona came back against PSG. They were ridiculous games and finishes.”