Deulofeu happy with Watford return, disappointed with defeat, says it can’t happen again

Watford signed Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona this summer for £11.5m. He signed a five-year deal with the club. He was returning to Vicarage Road after he played there on loan last season; scoring one goal in seven games. When he signed from Barcelona in the summer, it was seen as good business by the club. Fans were excited to see the 24-year-old play for the Hornets, and they hoped he could really improve there.

Unfortunately, the winger has been injured so far this season, and wasn’t able to take part in any of Watford’s first seven Premier League games. But, after returning from injury, he was named on the bench for Saturday’s visit of Bournemouth to Vicarage Road. He may have hoped to get off the bench and make a positive impact on the game. That wasn’t to be the case though, as when he was introduced – with around 15 minutes to play – Watford trailed 4-0 and were down to 10 men after Christian Kabasele was sent off in the first half.

The Spaniard says he is happy to be back, but also stated his displeasure at the defeat and admitted they can’t let something like that happen again.

“I’m so happy to be back on the pitch after being out for such a long time,” he told Watford’s official website. “I suffered a lot not being on the pitch and today I’m happy to be back.”

He added: “The day is very bad because we have played at home and to have lost in this way it’s not possible. It can’t happen again, and we have to improve on many things.”

Then, speaking about himself, he said he will improve with minutes, and added that he needs to help the team.

“Step-by-step I will improve with minutes and help the team because now it’s four games without a win and we have to change this,” Deulofeu said. “I think Watford needs me and I want to help the team and my teammates.

“We have to improve together and change a lot of things because what happened today can’t happen again.”

After getting off to a flying start to the season, Watford haven’t won in four and are struggling at the moment, which was evident in Saturday’s thrashing. They now have the international break to work with the players that haven’t been called up to their national team’s squad. The aim will have to be to get back to the sort of performances that saw them win their first four games of the season.

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