These are heady, pinch yourself times at Watford right now yet there have been few more bizarre moments than the one that seemingly saw the incumbent No2 goalkeeper recommend the club to another shot stopper who would not only take his position in the squad but also spell the end of his time there.
That was the situation involving Giedrius Arlauskis and Costel Pantilimon earlier this month, with the former giving the latter a ringing endorsement of life at the Premier League club knowing full well he would be on his bike the minute the 6ft 8inch Romanian ducked and walked through the door at the training ground.
“I knew Arlauskis before I came because he’d played in Romania for a few years and spoke the language,” said Pantilimon who played for eight years in his homeland before joining Manchester City. Watford signed Arlauskis from Steaua Bucharest in the summer.
“He said he had a nice time here,” said Pantilimon. “Everyone would say he is a nice guy and he respected everyone. He obviously wanted to play more but I don’t want to speak for him.”
Arlauskis, who was the second summer signing, will no doubt be disappointed at how life panned out for him at Watford. He was restricted to a Capital One Cup appearance against Preston North End and 23 minutes as a substitute against Aston Villa. We reported last week he was on the verge of joining RCD Espanyol and yesterday it was confirmed he was moving to Spain until the end of the season.