The Brazilian goalkeeper was stand-in captain for the Hornets 3-0 victory at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, and he marshalled a defence that included former teammate Sebastien Bassong.
28-year-old Bassong completed a three-month loan switch to Vicarage Road last week, signing from Championship rivals Norwich City, with whom he was failing to get into the first-team. His debut came in Saturday’s victory, and he impressed alongside defensive mainstay Joel Ekstrand as the Hornets kept a clean sheet in the process of winning the three points that moved them to the top of the table - one point clear of Derby County, and three clear of Bassong’s parent club Norwich.
The central defender is well known in English football for his spells with Newcastle and Tottenham Hotspur, having been in the Premier League since his arrival to England in 2008. Making over 100 top flight appearances across four clubs, the Cameroonian international had not made one appearance for the Canaries this season prior to his move, but he looked well-suited to the Championship, and put in an impressive performance on his second division debut.
Bassong’s stay in North London coincided with current Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes’s six-year spell at White Hart Lane, and the Brazilian stopper revealed how impressed he was with the Hornets recent acquisition.
Speaking to the official Watford website, the 33-year-old said: “It was a good performance from those two [Joel Ekstrand and Sebastien Bassong]. Seb did great, it was his first game for a while.
“He did very well, and looked settled. I had an opportunity to play with him at Tottenham as well, he’s a great player and he showed that again. Joel, again, a solid performance from him also.”