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Can Marco Silva keep Watford consistent?

Monday 9th October 2017
Watford's season has started excellently. With seven games played, The Hornets have accumulated 12 points under the guidance of manager Marco Silva.

The first reality check came when Manchester City travelled to Vicarage Road. Pep Guardiola's side thrashed Watford 6-0. Marco Silva will not have been best pleased with the result, but Manchester City will demolish plenty of teams this term.

After the aforementioned City game, Watford has managed to keep things together. A win at Swansea followed a draw at West Brom are positive results considering both were away games. Picking up points on the road is crucial, especially if there comes a time where the team could be struggling to find form. That doesn't seem to be the case with Watford this season, though.
Since joining the club in May, Silva seems to have made a positive impact on the Hertfordshire side. Previously managing Hull City, he knows his way around England's top flight. Although he's just 40, the Portuguese boss has been in charge of a handful of clubs already.

Silva finished his playing career at the age of 34 after only appearing for clubs in his homeland. Once he finished playing for Estoril, he carried on with the club into management. In 2014 he moved to Sporting Clube De Portugal. In 2015, Silva took charge of Greek side, Olympiacos; guiding them to their 43rd league title.

Quitting the job in 2016, the next quest was the Premier League. Silva was appointed Hull City manager in January 2017. The Tigers were unfortunately relegated that year, which led to Silva's resignation from The Tigers.

Now at Watford, things are looking good. From his seven league games this season, his team has won three, drawn three and lost one. Not a bad start. Some of the results are thanks to the impact from a number of new signings. Players brought in over the summer included Tom Cleverley, Will Hughes, Nathaniel Chalobah, Richarlison and Andre Gray.
One player who has turned a few heads is the young Brazilian, Richarlison. The 20-year-old signed from Fluminense for just over £11m and has already showcased his abilities. Able to play on both wings or even as a striker, Richarlison is versatile. With three goals already, Silva looks to have made a terrific decision to sign the youngster.

Watford's next game is Arsenal at home which will undoubtedly be a big test for The Hornets. If Silva's side can get any positive result against The Gunners it would be a huge bonus. Arsene Wenger's team, however, has recently found their stride. Unbeaten in four with three wins, Watford may find this fixture a particularly tough assignment.

The key question, though, is can Silva keep Watford consistent throughout the season? They've had a great start but continuing this rich vein of form would help them go a long way to achieving their goals.
Jamie Kynaston

For my sins, I'm a season ticket holder at Stoke City, I have been proud to watch them for over 20 years. I follow most of the UK leagues and the major European ones too, and I've been told that I talk way too much about football.

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