Pozzo family turn transfer focus to English talent
WATFORD finished with three English players on the pitch against Liverpool, the same number as the visitors, after a significant shift in transfer policy by the Pozzo family. The Pozzo era at Vicarage Road has been defined thus far by a whirlwind of signings and loan recruits, mostly from overseas. This summer, under new boss Marco Silva, Watford have signed England U21 midfielders Nathaniel Chalobah and Will Hughes and spent a club-record £18.5million on former England C international Andre Gray. Tom Cleverley shone for Watford in the 3-3 draw and club captain Troy Deeney was absent with a slight groin injury. ‘There’s been a nice emphasis on adding to our homegrown players,’ said Deeney. ‘If players are comfortable with the language and the footballing environment they are likely to settle quicker. ‘When you do get someone coming in from overseas like Richarlison, for example, there are more players around who can help him settle quickly.’ It was Brazilian striker Richarlison, signed for £11.2m from Fluminense, who claimed an assist for Miguel Britos’s late equaliser.