Adlene Guedioura slips further down Watford pecking order

Adlene Guedioura has failed to make the cut for today’s matchday squad against Bournemouth, casting further doubt over where exactly the Algeria international figures in the long-term plans of Quique Sanchez Flores.

The name of Guedioura was not on the list of 19 names pinned to one of the walls in the changing facility at the training ground in London Colney yesterday and he has now not made two of the last three Premier League squads. The No.17 has played 59 minutes of league action this season and 21 of those came in the 1-0 win at Sunderland.

All pictures by Paul Dawson
All pictures by Paul Dawson

There were, we gather, enquiries from Championship clubs to take Guedioura on loan in January but with Quique Sanchez Flores now deploying a midfield three, the club did not want to leave themselves short in the central area.

The arrival of Mario Suarez, the Spain international, has increased Sanchez Flores’ options and further marginalised Guedioura. The summer signing from Crystal Palace started the first two rounds of the FA Cup but Suarez took his place against Leeds United, restricting him to 13 minutes off the bench. He has not featured in the league since the 80th-minute substitute appearance he made against Manchester City on December 28.

“I try to transmit to the players that if someone is out of the list, it is not because they are in bad condition,” said Sanchez Flores on Thursday. “If a player is in bad condition then I take this player and I tell him he’s in a bad condition.”