Valon Behrami admits he needs to prove himself following Watford move

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The former West Ham midfielder has completed a deal to sign for Watford.

Talking to Hornets Player, new Watford signing Valon Behrami has admitted that he needs to prove himself in the Premier League again, after his spell with West Ham.

He said: “Yes, of course. It is a matter of time. I need to settle again in the UK and in a new team as well. But with good work I think I’ll be well on my way. I had good and bad experiences in the Premier League because I had a great season, but then I had a bad injury as well and that stays in my memory.”

The 30-year-old midfielder arrives at Vicarage Road from Hamburg in Germany, looking to further strengthen a Watford side who have already completed strong transfer business.

The Hornets are looking to improve their midfield zone, and Behrami joins Etienne Capoue as one of the summer signings. Benjamin Stambouli is also expected to complete a move to Hertfordshire, making it three defensive midfielders at the club.

All three players have Premier League experience, with Behrami the most well educated in top flight English football. The Swiss international spent two-and-a-half years with West Ham, making 62 appearances for the club before leaving to sign with Fiorentina in 2011.

He was well respected in the Premier League during his time with the club, building a reputation as a strong and reliable defensive midfielder, even if his technical skills were often far from their best.

However, his time in England was also affected by a long-term injury, which kept him out for the end of the 2008/09 season and the start of the 2009/10 season. He never truly recovered top form after that damage, and had to spend spells abroad before rebuilding his reputation.

Having now returned to the Premier League, Behrami is keen on reminding everyone just how well he can play, and with Watford looking to stay in the top flight, they will need their new signing at top form for the entire campaign.

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