Capoue agreed a club record switch to Vicarage Road on Monday, becoming the Hornets fifth signing of the summer, and he has admitted to the Watford Observer that former Spurs goalkeeper Gomes influenced his decision.
The midfielder said: “I have known Heurelho Gomes for two years and he told me a lot of good things about the club, and this played a part in me choosing Watford.”
Capoue’s career at Spurs seems to have undergone many of the same issues as the one Gomes endured at White Hart Lane. Prior to leaving the club last summer, the Brazilian goalkeeper was outcast for a number of years, having failed to truly impress.
He was considered a liability, and sent out on loan rather than given a second chance.
However, he chose to sign with the Hornets, and became arguably the most important player in their rise from the Championship to the Premier League. He has started to excel with consistent game time to his name, and will be looking to make his mark in the top flight next season.
This rejuvenation must have appealed to Capoue, who played just 36 games for Spurs over two years. He will establish himself in the midfield, and it is likely that frequent appearances will do much to restore his reputation as a talented player worthy of a top club.
Watford fans will be hoping Capoue has the same kind of influence as Gomes, and if he does, Spurs will rue losing a player with the potential to be a truly top level midfielder.