They have lost just two games so far this season, and, despite progressing onto their fourth manager in just two months, the Hertfordshire-based club look set for a real fight for promotion this campaign.
One of the men who looked set to play a key part for the Hornets this season was Lloyd Dyer, who left current Championship title holders Leicester City over the summer. Despite scoring seven goals in 40 games as the Foxes stormed the second division, his contract was not renewed at the King Power Stadium, and he left the club in a bid for consistent first-team football in the Championship.
However, his start to life at Vicarage Road has not been as easy as he would have hoped, with just three starts in the Championship restricting him to the role of impact player. He has yet to impress when appearing for the first-team, despite having scored in two League Cup ties, and is largely seen as the catalyst involved in the departure of Beppe Sannino from his role as head coach.
Despite his limited role, the 32-year-old told the official Watford website how much he is enjoying his spell at Vicarage Road.
Dyer said: I’m enjoying life here at Watford. I’ve settled in quite quickly, I feel at home here, and I just want to do well for the club.
“I’m like the supporters, they want to see Premier League football here at Watford and to be honest I’m just the same, I want to see it just as much as they do.”
“We’ve got so much ability within the squad, particularly with the pace we’ve got, so if we get things right we’ll be a real threat in this division.
“We’ve got the likes of Ikechi [Anya] and [Matej] Vydra, [Juan Carlos] Paredes is lightning quick and there’s also myself, so we’ve got pace in abundance.”
The Hornets squad is considered one of the strongest in the division, with a number of international stars amongst their ranks, and the fact that someone as talented as Dyer cannot secure a first-team role agrees with this viewpoint. They are known for their counter-attacking style, and the pace that Dyer praises has been key to their strong start to the season.
For all their squad strength, the Hornets have yet to hit form, but Dyer is pleased they remain joint top of the division - due to fighting for results.
“It’s been a busy time for the club, these last few months, but we’re still joint top of the Championship and that’s a real positive,” he added.
“In certain games we haven’t necessarily played particularly well, but that’s what this league is about.
“You need to be able to win ugly, and I think in a few games – the likes of Rotherham away – we have done that.
“We were slightly disappointed on Saturday to only come away with a draw against Brighton, but we’re still joint top and that’s a very positive sign for this team.”