Watford loan star gives hint of Hornets Premier League potential

Keith Andrews believes that Watford have the best training set-up of any Premier League club he has played at.

The midfielder is currently missing in action for the Hornets, having suffered an injury prior to the international break, and he could only watch from the sidelines as new head coach Slavisa Jokanovic led the Hornets to victory in his first game in charge.

The 3-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday was the Hertfordshire-based sides’ seventh of the season, and it took them one point clear at the top of the Championship table, finally breaking the deadlock with Norwich and Nottingham Forest - who both lost on Saturday.

The Hornets prepare to face Forest on Tuesday, looking to extend their lead at the top of the table to six points, and Andrews revealed to Sky Sports that the club is already a Premier League side, and will be prepared for the division when promotion is achieved.

Despite all the negative criticism aimed at Watford in recent weeks due to the frequent change of head coach, the 34-year-old believes that the Pozzo family run the club as well as any Premier League side he has played for in his long career.

He said: “There’s been a lot of negative hype around the managerial situation at Watford this season but it’s very hard to argue with the direction the club are going in under the ownership of Gino Pozzo as we went top of the league on Saturday tea time.

“On paper being on our fourth manager of the season would seem to be slightly bizarre. Even us as players truly don’t know what goes on behind the scenes a lot of the time but we have to put our trust in the powers that be at the football club to make the right decisions. They want the exact same outcome us as players and all the fans - to gain promotion.

“They have been both a pleasure to deal with on a near daily basis and also don’t leave any stone unturned in terms of player needs. We prepare and recover for matches as well if not better than any Premier League club I have been involved in, whether it’s the magnificent food we are served daily in the canteen, flying to a lot of away games or using cryotherapy chambers the day after matches for optimum recovery.”

Andrews played for Blackburn and West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League, and if he feels that the Hornets are already set for a Premier League place, they just need on-pitch results to clinch their promotion to the top flight.

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