The signs are not looking good for the long-term prospects at Watford of Adlène Guedioura following the high-profile signing of Mario Suarez and the confirmed interest today in reviving the deal to sign another high-class midfielder in Abdoulaye Doucoure. Guedioura confirmed after Saturday’s win over his former club Nottingham Forest that he would like more game-time – which sidelined footballer wouldn’t? – and although Quique Sanchez Flores spoke highly of the attitude of the Algerian, it is difficult to see, aside from the FA Cup tie against Leeds United, when his first Premier League start in Watford colours is coming. It’s all a far cry from the days when he arrived at the end of the last transfer window amid a huge fanfare.
“Sure if you ask any player if they are happy not playing they will say no,” said Guedioura without a trace of bitterness towards the head coach. “I want to play more and that is something that brings frustration but I am focused and ready because my time will come. Physically I am fine. We work hard in training and it wasn’t too long ago that I played against Newcastle in the cup either. I am really good so I’m ready to play.”
Guedioura has played 52 minutes of Premier League football this season – and 21 of those came in the 1-0 win at Sunderland. Significantly, he was not summoned from the bench against Southampton and Swansea City when the team appeared to be crying out for his energy.
“He needs confidence, like the rest of the players, to play,” Sanchez Flores said after Saturday’s game. “I know that he wants to play more but I am happy with his performance today. I’m happy because he is an amazing man and a good player. I know he was very important to the team last season and I am very happy with the conduct of this player. When he plays he plays well with a high spirit.”