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‘The players who moved on needed game time’

Sporting director Luke Dowling said Watford’s planning in the transfer market meant deadline day was spent shipping out those surplus to requirements rather than panic buying.

Allan Nyom, Ikechi Anya and Sean Murray all left on permanent deals while Alex Jakubiak joined Fleetwood in a loan deal. There is also the possibility Abdoulaye Doucoure, who only joined up with the squad less than two months ago, might leave on loan.

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The departures were an inevitable consequence of a summer that heralded 11 new signings.

“We have got our business as early as we possibly can so when today comes along you are just moving on the ones who aren’t going to get game time,” said Dowling in an interview with BBC Radio 5live. “From experience, we find it a little bit easier to move players on the last day rather than the panic of getting people in the door.

Luke Dowling. Picture by Paul Dawson
Luke Dowling. Picture by Paul Dawson

“We are pleased where we are, with the players we have brought in. The players that have moved on, we don’t mind as they have given what they can give and, we feel, being a second year Premier League team, we are looking to add that quality that they have given over the last three or four years.”