Hi, Andy Lewers here. This season will mark my 20th since I became a Watford fan, and my seventh running ‘The Hornets’ Nest’.
Growing up, I actually supported Newcastle, but for my seventh birthday my parents took me to Watford vs Newcastle – that’s where I first saw the light!
What are you most excited about heading into the new season?
It’s hard to be excited as a Watford fan heading into this season. Last time out was so good for us – it’s going to be difficult to beat!
I think I’m most excited about the youth players that are coming through. Domingos Quina – our Young Player of the Season last time out – looks so impressive every time he plays.
In addition, Adalberto Penaranda and new signing Tom Dele-Bashiru from Manchester City look promising and, of course, Joao Pedro, the 17-year-old striker who will be arriving from Fluminense in January. If his form in Brazil is anything to go by, he’ll set the Premier League alight!
What worries you ahead of the new season?
Last season it became obvious our backline wasn’t good enough to compete against bigger clubs, and while we’ve signed Craig Dawson from West Brom, I still feel we’re a little light and need another addition. The thought of Sterling or Mane running at our current defence gives me nightmares…
What have you made of your club’s transfer activity this summer?
If I’m being totally honest, I thought we’d have done more business. I can’t complain though; we were crying out for a centre back and we got one in Dawson. He brings a lot of experience, not only in Premier League appearances, but also playing with our keeper, Ben Foster.
Arguably, our most important bit of business has been keeping hold of key players such as Doucoure, Deulofeu, and Pereyra.
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What unpopular opinion do you have about your team?
It’s not really related to the players or management, but I’ve never really liked the colour red in our kit. For me, we’re The Hornets, and should therefore play solely in black and yellow. If I had it my way, I’d strip out all the red seats at Vicarage Road and replace them with black ones.
Who would win if your squad had a WWE Royal Rumble style fight?
Supporters of other clubs may assume I’d go for a more obvious choice, like Deeney or Gray, given their physical strength, but if you’re a Watford fan, you’ll know there’s only one answer to this question: Jose Holebas.
Having descended from Zeus himself, our very own Greek God would paralyse everybody in the squad with nothing but a stare. Nobody messes with Holebas.
Where do you think your team will realistically finish in the Premier League?
It’s going to be difficult to replicate what we did last season, and I think it’s important fans remain realistic throughout the campaign. I’d be very happy with a top half finish, but I don’t think we’ll be challenging for Europe, sadly. I think the likes of Leicester, Everton, and Wolves all have stronger squads. My prediction? 10th.