Watford linked Capoue and Stambouli only ever started one game together at Spurs

Etienne Capoue

The two French midfielders may be heading across North London to sign for the Hornets, but they had precious few chances to impress at Tottenham.

Watford are reportedly close to signing Tottenham duo Etienne Capoue and Benjamin Stambouli, bringing the two Frenchman in as a new midfield under Quique Flores, ith a report in Friday's Mail even saying that Spurs have accepted a joint £10 million bid for the pair.

But the two players only ever started one game together at Spurs, meaning that although they may be fairly familiar with each other off the pitch, it could be a risky approach by the club.

In fact, they were rarely on the pitch together at all, with their only match in the starting lineup coming when Spurs beat Burnley 4-2 in an FA Cup replay, a game where Capoue scored his only goal of last season, and they had just 26 minutes of Premier League action together.

Of course, all signings offer some element of risk, and it could equally as easily be argued that signing Stambouli and Capoue would be something of a coup for Watford as they prepare to return to the Premier League, with both among France's most highly rated players ahead of their switches to White Hart Lane.

With both being fairly defensive, Watford could end up getting two players who could be in the engine room at Vicarage Road, with at least a little Premier League experience between tham and plenty of room and time to improve.

It is hard to point to any specific reason as to why the two midfielders have failed to make a success of their spell at the Lilywhites.

Last season, former Montpellier man Stambouli made 27 appearances, though only started 4 league games while Capoue made just 19 appearances, none of which came after January.

Essentially, neither had much playing time last season, but when they were on the pitch, both seemed to be capable of offering something the usual midfield of Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason couldn't.

Stambouli impressed in a determined defensive role in his few appearances, often making many tackles in the short time he would be on the pitch. Capoue started the season as first choice, and looked impressive alongside Bentaleb until he fell out of favour under Mauricio Pochettino with the emergence of Mason.

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