Watford have no plans to loan out Christian Kabasele this month as they seek to hold onto their stretched defensive resources.
The Belgium international, who shares the same agent as Stefano Okaka, was linked this week with a temporary switch to Anderlecht as he’s yet to nail down a starting spot at Vicarage Road since his £5.8m summer move from Genk. But injuries and suspensions have shown how important it is Watford have strength in depth in the central defensive area and they are not about to let go a player who has deputised regularly of late for the injured Craig Cathcart, Sebastian Prodl, Younes Kaboul and the suspended Miguel Britos.
Indeed, Watford have been tipped to add to their defensive resources with a loan move for Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson but we understand it is two midfielders the Hornets are primarily chasing during this winter window. A left-sided centre-half is, however, on the shopping list for the summer.
Kabasele, 25, sounded like someone keen to stay and fight for his place in an interview with the club programme. “If I didn’t work well the manager would not have put me on the field for those games [against Stoke, West Brom and Sunderland],” he said. “I need to keep working like this and waiting for my time, and when I have the chance – like I did against Stoke, West Brom and Sunderland – I need to show to the manager that he can count on me, even if in the game after I am on the bench again.
“I never played with a back three before coming to Watford , but now I feel comfortable with both shapes. With the work we do all the time on the training field I think that every defender knows what we need to do, regardless of whether we’re playing with three or four.”