Former Flying Eagles midfielder, Tom Dele-Bashiru is keen to impress at Watford after he delivered an outstanding performance for the Hornets in his first start against Hull.
The 23-year-old has made just six appearances since joining from Manchester City in the summer of 2019 due to injuries. He starred on loan at Reading last season before he was handed a shock start against Hull last weekend.
Prior to that, Dele-Bashiru had only played 13 minutes of first-team football for Watford this season.
The midfielder has, however, benefited from the World Cup break and particularly the week spent out in Spain.
“When I first came back from the injury, the boys were pretty much playing a game every three days and that made it difficult to get into the flow of things,” Dele-Bashiru explained.
“The boys who didn’t play in a game train the next day in a smaller group, then the day after that the preparations start for the next game.
“When you’re in that pattern of games and training, it’s difficult to showcase your ability and let people see what you’re all about.
“But out in Spain it was really different, and we had time. The manager had time to spend with us all, and he could see more of me and see what I can do on the ball. That Spanish trip really helped me.”
In addition, the Manchester-born midfielder says he has been patiently waiting for his chance and glad he was able to impress.
“I’ve been working really hard in training, waiting for my opportunity. The injury at the start of the season set me back, but when I did get back I wasn’t fully fit so I needed to keep working in training and showing the manager I was ready.
“Now I’ve got my opportunity, I’m feeling good and the aim is just to keep putting in good performances.”
This article was most recently revised and updated 12 months ago