October 6, 2022

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Okoye eyes Watford’s EPL return

Watford goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye, sees plenty of progress in the squad during pre-season, but he admits the Hornets must improve ahead of the new campaign in the English Championship, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.

Okoye joined the Hornets from Dutch side Sparta Rotterdam last season but spent the rest of the campaign in the Eredivisie, only linking up with his new side last month.

Following Watford’s relegation from the Premier League last season, Okoye feels that the team spirit at the club could spur them on next season.

“I think it was quite difficult in the beginning which is understandable because this is new for us,” said Nigeria international Okoye.

“We’ll find our way back up. You can see in the second half we were way better and we’ve shown progress.

“It’s been fantastic.

“I’ve had a great time already; there are funny guys and good vibes here. I think that’s important, we feel connected to other players and the staff, I’m settling in very well.”

The former Sparta Rotterdam goalie also revealed that he had a good time with the Golden Boys’ in Austria, as the team bonded on and off the pitch with intense training and fun activities.

“It’s been fantastic,” Okoye told Watford Website.

“I’ve had a great time already; there are funny guys and good vibes here. I think that’s important, we feel connected to other players and the staff, I’m settling in very well.

“We worked very hard but we had fun and a smile on our faces, and we made steps in the right direction. Now we’re back and continuing with our hard work.”

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With Okoye in between the sticks, the Hornets have suffered two defeats and a draw.

Watford kick off their season with a fixture at home to Sheffield United on August 1.