‘Signing Pereyra and Kaboul shows Watford’s ambition’

Craig Cathcart feels the double swoop on Friday to sign Younes Kaboul and Roberto Pereyra is a further sign of the club’s intent as the Hornets continue to upgrade their Premier League squad.

Kaboul and Pereyra joined in a reported £16m deal and were unveiled to the crowd before Saturday’s game. Kaboul, the 30-year-old defender, is likely to make his debut against Gillingham tomorrow night while Pereyra will have to wait until his work permit is approved on Wednesday before he can be picked by Walter Mazzarri.


“We saw them on Friday and today [Saturday] they’ve been in the changing room,” said Cathcart. “I’m sure they’ll be raring to go. It’s another two quality signings. The signings we have brought in have worked really hard and tried to contribute so it will be no different with these lads. The club is moving forward and the longer we are in the Premier League, the bigger the signings are going to be and the more quality we’ll bring into the club. That can only be good for everybody.”


The signing of Kaboul, the former Tottenham, Portsmouth and Sunderland defender, increases competition for Cathcart at the heart of the defence.

“He’s been in England for a long time so I’ve seen a fair bit of him. He’s an experienced, top defender. He’s a top addition to the squad and brings competition for places.”


Cathcart admits he hasn’t seen a great deal of Pereyra – “I don’t get to see as much Italian football as I would like” – but is looking forward to seeing him unlock Premier League defences.

“A few of lads have played out there [in Italy] and said he’s got a lot of quality, so I’m looking forward to seeing how he does in training and the matches. He’s a player who brings something different and he plays in an attacking position, so hopefully he can help us create chances.”