Watford new signing Younes Kaboul has stated his excitement to get started with the Hornets.
Walter Mazzarri’s men face Gillingham in the English Football League Cup - previously known as the Capital One Cup - which Kaboul has expressed his desire to play in.
Past teammates helped
Kaboul revealed that he had spoken to some of his previous teammates to help him make the decision whether to move club or not. The centre-back played alongside Etienne Capoue at Tottenham and Costel Pantilimon in the first half of last season at Sunderland. Kaboul commented that the two were “very positive about the development of the club” which filled him with “more confidence” ahead of signing a three year deal.
He continued to add that even from the outside you can see “it’s a family club and there are some good players here.” He added that he was impressed with Watford’s “very good” previous season and that the club need to “carry on in this way and so even better”.
Excited to get started
Kaboul is a shoe-in to start in Watford’s EFL Cup tie as Mazzarri will want him to be caught up ahead of their clash with Arsenal at the weekend. The centre-back has stated that he “can’t wait” to get started and was disappointed that he couldn’t play in their clash against Chelsea as he “wasn’t registered”.
However this disappointment has only made him even keener to play on Tuesday. He added that he “plans to give my best and bring my experience” to the side. Kaboul didn’t get ahead of himself too quickly though, saying, “of course I need to train first with my new teammates but I’m looking forward to that”.
Difficult to leave Sunderland
Despite the excitement to get started at Watford, Kaboul admitted it leaving the Stadium of Light was hard for him and that his move down south was for personal reasons. He commented that, “it was not an easy choice” when Watford showed interest as he had a “great time at Sunderland” as he “experienced a very good season there’ but now he’s made the choice he’s “looking forward to the season here”.