11/08/2017

Silva | “Start The Big Connection”

Marco Silva wants his new and exciting team to create “a connection” with the fans during the hugely anticipated Premier League opener with Liverpool on Saturday.
 
Vicarage Road is set to be packed to the rafters for the visit of Jurgen Klopp’s side and there is much optimism around the Hornets following the headline midweek captures of Richarlison and Andre Gray, the latter for a club record fee.
 
Silva wants to build on the feel-good factor created by the new signings and put down a marker on Saturday lunchtime. 
 
“We are at home and that is the best way to start and build something and start the big connection with the fans,” said the Head Coach.

“We want to create something special at home every game. I believe you are always stronger when you play at home with the fans.”
 
Liverpool have been flying in pre-season, defeating Bayern Munich, Hertha Berlin, Crystal Palace and Leicester and they have club record signing Mohamed Salah in their ranks. 
 
“They had a very good pre-season and it will be a tough game for us, but with the support of our fans we can do well,” said Silva.

“It’s the first test, nothing more. We need to play against every team and the first is against Liverpool. We’ve been working hard and we are now ready to start the Premier League. We start in a good way at home against a very good team. It’s the best way to start. We need to do everything to start well.”

Security a team effort

Three points isn't the only priority on game day. Making sure everyone goes home safe is the most important result.

Watford Football Club has been working closely with the police and the Premier League to review security at Vicarage Road. Now we are asking you to do your bit.

Following the dreadful Manchester Arena bombing in May, stadium managers from clubs have been briefed by counter terrorism police.

It is vital that everyone - players, staff and supporters - remains vigilant and reports any concerns to stewards or police.

Attacks might be rare, and the chance of you being caught up in one unlikely, but the message is #ActionCountersTerrorism.

Here's a quick reminder of what you can do to help keep yourself and others safe:

•    Arrive early, allowing more time for security checks 
•    Minimise what you carry, fewer bag searches will speed up entry to the ground 
•    Be vigilant at all times and if you see anything suspicious, tell a steward right away 
•    If you see anything that could pose an immediate threat to safety, call 999 
•    In an emergency, listen to the Public Address instructions and follow them 
•    If told to evacuate, do so immediately, do not wait around to film events on your mobile 
•    Move right away from the stadium as quickly as possible for your safety and to allow clear access for any emergency vehicles 
•    Once you are safe, follow the local police force on Twitter for updates 

To find out more, visit gov.uk/ACT or @TerrorismPolice

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."