‘Big players like Nordin Amrabat adapt really quickly’

Nordin Amrabat looks set to skip the protracted integration process that most of Watford’s new signings have had to go through under Quique Sanchez Flores.

The 28-year-old, who has been signed to play in one of the two forward positions, completed his club record £6.1m switch from Malaga this afternoon, signing a three-year contact. He will meet his new teammates tomorrow and, given he played as recently as Saturday against Sevilla and Watford’s poor form, he could go straight into the squad to face Newcastle United on Saturday.

“Amrabat knows Watford and knows what possibilities we have in the Premier League,” said the head coach. “Every player needs time to adapt as we have our rules and our system. They need know how we are working but big players adapt really quickly.”

Amrabat has been recruited to provide the directness, pace and power Sanchez Flores has been crying out for in recent weeks, and possibly even during Watford’s golden run of results. He’s finally got his man.

“He’s good for us,” said the head coach. “We need to bring players in, who can play in different positions. Ighalo, Deeney, Abdi and Jurado have played [almost] every minute. We are happy with the news that very good players want to come to Watford. It means we are growing and we are able to accept big players.”