The Watford View
As we look ahead to welcoming Watford to Selhurst Park this weekend, we had a chat with television presenter and journalist Adam Leventhal to find out more about the Hornets season and thoughts on the match up.
Q. Let us kick off with asking why you support the Hornets and what is your favourite memory in your time supporting the club?
My football allegiance comes from my mum who grew up in Watford and passed on the Hornet gene. There have been memorable promotion moments at the old Wembley when we beat Bolton Wanderers and then at Cardiff when we swept Leeds United aside but the most amazing moment was when Troy Deeney scored THAT goal in the play-off semi final against Leicester City. It was a truly special moment that I will never forget.
Q. How has the season been for Watford so far?
It’s been a difficult second season in the Premier League but one where we have had some excellent performances against Manchester
United at home and Arsenal away but consistency has been an issue. The confidence that we played with last season hasn’t been as apparent and some key injuries have disrupted things, but to keep it in perspective the only thing we need to do is stay up and I will be very happy indeed.
Q. Perhaps you could share your views on the draw at Vicarage Road on Boxing Day?
A tale of two penalties, Christian Benteke’s was rotten while Troy Deeney’s was excellent. If the former had done what the latter did Palace would have gone on to win the game.
Q. What is your opinion of Watford boss Walter Mazzarri in what is his first season in English football?
Jury is still out and I will only make a definitive judgment once the season is over. One thing that I know needs to change is the
communication, I strongly believe that your manager should be able to communicate with you and if that is lacking then it is far from ideal.
Q. Has the club been unfairly criticised for the manager turnover in recent seasons?
That mad month and a bit in our promotion season didn’t look good but the decision makers got it right in the end with Slavisa Jokanovic getting us up, Quique Sanchez Flores did what was asked and now Walter Mazzarri has to do the same. We’ll see what happens in the summer…
Q. How do you feel the club did in the January transfer window and were all needs addressed?
Having Tom Cleverley back in the engine room is good news, M’Baye Niang is a promising talent and I hope he can kick on in the remainder of the season, Mauro Zarate’s arrival was to fill the void left by Roberto Pereyra’s injury so it was cruel that he also went down with an injury. Also, lets not forget the departure of Odion Ighalo – the lure of the Chinese gazillions simply too much to turn down.
Q. If you had the power to make one change to the game of football, what would it be and why?
Video referee watching everything to help the officials on the pitch and telling them what is going on.
Q. Is the gap between the Premier League and the Championship growing wider with the latest increase in money now available in the top division?
Obviously more money can make teams stronger, but it’s not everything and plenty of teams in the Championship could come up and be competitive in the Premier League with the right blend.
Q. What is your view on Palace both as a club and how the season has panned out so far?
I’m surprised things went so flat earlier in the campaign but now Mr Zaha is back and flying and Big Sam seems to have got things ticking again I predict a solid end to the season and you being well away from the dogfight next season.
Q. Name one player from each team that the opposition should be concerned about.
Niang and Zaha.
Q. Your prediction ahead of the game at Selhurst?
I’m hoping we can get a point, I’d be happy with that.
Q. Thanks for your time talking to TEB. Feel free to share any projects you are currently working on
Check out my publishing company Tales From. We publish Tales from the Vicarage books about Watford and other clubs, perhaps we could do a Palace book next year…