Cloud cast over Watford future of dropped Valon Behrami

The future of the Valon Behrami is seemingly up in the air after Quique Sanchez Flores said the fully-fit Switzerland midfielder was left out today for “technical” reasons.

We broke the news first thing this morning that Behrami had been left out of the 19-man squad for the FA Cup tie and the normally polite and amiable head coach was in no mood to expand on the reasons behind his shock decision.


“It was a technical decision,” he said.  “No, he is not injured. It is a technical decision. At training I am watching and analysing this kind of player and I made a technical decision.”

Sanchez Flores sets a lot of stall on a player’s performance in training so he has clearly seen something he didn’t like from a player who has been one of the consummate professionals this season. We were told by a club a high-ranking club official on Thursday that Behrami is not for sale and is not going anywhere this month, yet Sanchez Flores is clearly pushing hard to sign Mario Suarez, a player he worked with at Atletico Madrid.

“It’s not about one player, it is about 25 players so I need to make tough decisions every week about the players and the squad,” he said. “So I thought the best players for this game were the players who come.”

Adlene Guedioura was one player handed a chance and he now looks to have jumped ahead of Behrami in the pecking order. Guedioura, remember, replaced Jose Manuel Jurado against Manchester City while Behrami remain unused.

“He is training very well but we still need to find the right place for Guedioura,” Sanchez Flores said. “He looks much better at this moment but we are getting him to calm down and be less nervous in centre midfield. We need to calm this player down a bit because he has the potential we want in our midfield. He is a completely different case as he knows about the amount of spare players at Watford.”