Category Playing Staff

What’s the Matej with Vydra?

We at ITWM Towers are nothing if not forthright, so let us say what we’re all thinking: the last month’s Matej Vydra – he’s been a bit… crap, hasn’t he? Now, now, I know what you’re going to say: “How can you slate a guy who’s scored 20 goals in his first season at this […]

Incoming: Matthew Briggs

So Gianluca Nani has broken out the ceremonial club scarf to welcome Watford’s first signing since the August deadline day. Having risen through the academy ranks at Fulham, Matthew Briggs joins with his career in need of a boost. Potential that needs to start translating into discernible quality. He joins Watford until the end of […]

A Response to Ian Holloway

Clearly envisaging a defeat against the division’s form team last night, Ian Holloway, an experienced media manipulator in the mould of ‘dear old’ Harry Redknapp, got his excuses in early with a pre-match rant to the Sky cameras about the loanees in Watford’s squad. ‘They’ve got nine loans from Udinese. I’ve been looking to get […]

Internationals – Ready for Palace?

Two offences have seen us in this week’s predicament. The crime is success, as we are both victims and perpetrators. First, the schedulers at Sky, scouring the post-Christmas fixture list saw the most wonderfulest team in all the land coming up against the most lauded young player outside the Premier League and licked their lips. […]

Half-Term Report: Winners and Losers

Having looked at how the new guard have settled into life in leafy Hertfordshire, ITWM looks at which of last season’s squad have benefitted, and which have suffered from the new way of doing things… Winners: Troy Deeney  There was a lot of debate over whether the club was right to retain the services of […]

Half-Term report: The Loanees

When the Gino Pozzo rocked up to Vicarage Road this summer and initiated more change than can be found in a programme seller’s fanny pack there were more than a few voices of doubt. The Harefield stuff, the never-ending horde of loanees, Sean Dyche’s exit and the diversifying of the hitherto fish and chips, stiff […]

Fans’ Forum Transcript: Part Two – On the Pitch

Your four predecessors all gave same answer to this question. Which player impressed you most when you arrived? And don’t worry, Bob Paisley never knew his players’ names either! GZ: In terms of attitude they have all impressed me. Since I came I keep asking them to change things; things they’d been doing very well […]

Loan Report (September)

I know, I know: you’re sick of loans right? Well, for all you Martin Samuelses out there, here’s a novelty: a feature on proper English loanees (barring the Congolese bloke, the Irish one and the kind of Italian kid). Connor Smith has shown that anyone can get into the squad if they prove themselves good […]

Don’t Panic! (Part Two)

We wrap up our note to the overly worried Watford fans out there. It’s important to stress that we’re not asking you to stop being sceptical, not telling you to just shut up and like what’s going on at the club, just to be patient, and not act like the sky is falling.   None […]

Don’t Panic! (Part One)

‘Keep calm and carry on’. The words are enough to send any right-thinking person ducking for cover. In the last few years the words have gone from being a wistful hark back to the stoic days of triumph in adversity, the Blitz spirit, not letting a seemingly hopeless situation get you down, to a vapid […]