Speaking to the Watford Observer, Adlene Guedioura has explained why he had to leave Crystal Palace after returning to the club from a loan deal.
The Algerian midfielder originally spent a spell with the Hornets prior to the end of last year, and he returned to Vicarage Road at the end of February to stay until the end of the season.
Having been recalled by Alan Pardew following his appointment at Selhurst Park, Guedioura was given the chance to impress by the former Newcastle boss, and he made a run of appearances following the turn of the year. The 29-year-old made three Premier League outings and one FA Cup appearance, and he played a vital role in picking up nine points from the three league fixtures.
Despite his impressive performances, he was dropped from the playing squad in mid-February, which coincided with Palace losing form and dropping points. Although given the chance by Pardew, it was clear to Guedioura that he had no short-term future at Selhurst Park, and he pushed to return to Watford on loan, having been a success in the six games he played during his original stay.
Two goals in six games helped the Hornets move up the Championship table, and he has since become a key part of the squad fighting for promotion upon his return.
Speaking to the Watford Observer, Guedioura admitted that he had to leave Crystal Palace when it was clear that he would not be getting games under Pardew, who was refusing to start him despite impressing.
He said: “I had to go back and Pardew said to be fair he would give me a chance. Pardew did that. I played a few matches and I think I did well.
“The team did well too and we won some games. The problem was that I wasn’t starting matches. It is disappointing when you don’t start matches.
“And I was disappointed because when I played I did well and the team would win the matches too. Pardew understood that.”
Guedioura’s loan with the Hornets expires just prior to the final game of the season, meaning that he will be unavailable for the play-offs, should Watford need them to win promotion.