Belfast Telegraph

Capoue out to prove worth

Etienne Capoue is relishing the opportunity to become a first-team regular after completing a club-record transfer to Watford from Tottenham.

The 26-year-old has penned a four-year deal with the Barclays Premier League new boys and is now set to join up with the Hornets for pre-season training.

He said on club website: "For me it's an opportunity to play. I need to play and to prove my qualities on the pitch, and I think Watford is the best thing for me.

"I hope I'll bring my technical passing football, and my experience in the Premier League and I hope we'll do very well this year and stay in the Premier League."

Capoue struggled to hold down a regular starting spot at White Hart Lane and fell out of favour with Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.

He was linked with a move away in the January transfer window, but no move materialised.

The French international only made 24 appearances for Spurs, but is fully aware of the team effort required if the Hertfordshire-based club want to survive relegation from the top flight.

"We need some experience because the Championship is very different to the Premier League. The games are very difficult, so we need players like Heurelho Gomes to help us do our best every weekend."

Watford goalkeeper and former Spurs team-mate Gomes played a significant role in Capoue's decision to join the promoted side.

Capoue said: "I have known Heurelho for two years and he told me a lot of good things about the club and this played a part in me choosing Watford.

"The president was very happy to try to bring me here and I spoke with him a lot of times, and we found a good way to do the best for the club."

The midfielder made almost 200 first-team appearances for Toulouse after progressing through the youth ranks at the French club, and was nominated for Ligue 1's young player of the year award in 2013.

Capoue has featured seven times for his country since being handed a senior international debut in a friendly against Uruguay in August 2012. He has scored once for Les Bleus, in a 3-1 World Cup qualifying win over Belarus.

The promoted side have also been heavily linked with a move for another Frenchman from Spurs, Benjamin Stambouli.

The 24-year-old defensive midfielder joined the north London club from Montpellier last September.


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