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Patient Kabasele “to take stock” in January

Christian Kabasele will evaluate his Watford career in January as he continues to acclimatise to life as an understudy.

Watford broke their defensive transfer record to sign the 25-year-old from Genk for £5.8m – before breaking it again to sign Daryl Janmaat a month later – but Kabasele has found it difficult to dislodge existing centre-halves Miguel Britos, Sebastian Prodl and Craig Cathcart plus new boy Younes Kaboul.

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Kabasele has made just one start – and that was against Arsenal when Britos and Cathcart were out injured – and only made the squad for half of the 12 games. The fact he was a starter for his country against Belgium but cannot get a game for the Hornets says a lot about the depth Watford have to their squad.

“At Genk, I had Sebastien Dewaesten and then just competition from a youth team player – here my competitors are all internationals,” he told Sport/Voetbalmagazine.  “At such times you feel really unnecessary. But if you think about it rationally, you know that the coach can call only 18 players. When the team played on the road, I sat in my living room to watch the match. You have players who then hope that their competitor makes a couple of mistakes and the team loses, but I’m not like that. On Monday, I think you have to act as if you were there with the rest at the weekend. I felt obliged to be involved as much as possible, otherwise you are mentally in the abyss.”

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Kabasele is not, however, the sort to start banging down the door of the head coach or slapping in a transfer request. He appreciates there is a pecking order and that he’s part of a high-flying squad who are one point off sixth spot.

“I do not want to over-dramatise my situation,” he said. “I signed a five-year contract and we are only four months into it. In about six weeks the transfer market opens and by then I will be able to take stock of my first half-season in England.”