Pozzo fam­ily turn trans­fer fo­cus to English tal­ent

Daily Mail - - The Verdict - MATT BARLOW

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.

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