Quique Sanchez Flores is unconcerned by the dip in form of Allan Nyom but did acknowledge the case Juan Carlos Paredes is mounting for a start on the right side of Watford’s team.
Nyom has been a shadow of the player who marauded up and down the right flank in the opening three weeks of the season and has been particularly out of sorts since conceding the match-winning penalty against Crystal Palace. The Cameroon international has been substituted in five of the last seven matches and is either feeling the effects of a knee problem that required an injection in October or teams have wised up to his strengths and weaknesses.
“If you analyse the competition he is one of the best players,” said the head coach. “Sometimes players need to rest a little bit as some players accumulate a lot of matches and can go to the match tired. We are really happy with the performances of Nyom.”
The summer signing from Granada was replaced, on 69 minutes, by Paredes on Saturday and the Ecuadorian has barely put a foot wrong since being recalled to the squad for the trip to Bournemouth. He is a classic example of a player who has, after time, fully bought into the methods of the head coach.
“He is using his opportunities,” said Sanchez Flores. “I am very happy. He has come in four or five matches ago and is playing 20, 25 minutes every time and I have the feeling he is always improving the performance of the team. He is very important.”
Paredes could come into contention for a starting spot at Villa Park should Sanchez Flores opt to attack Remi Garde’s side down the flanks. He has been deployed, in recent weeks, as an attacking option on the right-hand side of midfield. Asked what Paredes’ best position is, the head coach said:
“For the national team he is playing right back, with us he is playing like a winger and the last year, he is playing like a full-back,” he said.
After winning the penalty against Leicester City in Watford’s last away game, Paredes raised doubts about his future. Click HERE to read what he had to say.