Watford winger Steven Berghuis spoke in a radio interview with NOS about his current situation and frustration about not being involved in the first team.

  • By James Rowe

berghuis wayBerghuis left AZ Alkmaar for Watford in the summer but has only completed a total of 127 minutes in six Premier League games so far this season. This has stunted the career of the winger, who was breaking into the Netherlands squad after impressing in the Eredivisie last season.

Berghuis told NOS, “I believe that I am not playing because we play a certain way in order to survive in the Premier League which is of course a lot of worth to the club. We are doing well which of course I respect that but we are playing a way that is counter productive to my style of playing.

“We play 442 with wingers now and again but the wingers they are not there for a one against one situation in a creative sense but more for the defensive organization.”

Berghuis looked back at his decision to join Watford, ”When I first came here I thought about it thoroughly. I was 24 and injured at AZ Alkmaar and then this fantastic opportunity came along to join Watford.

“The idea the club sold to me was to play a 4-3-2-1 formation with wingers who service the strikers. Due to circumstances I have not been part of the squad for more than 6 months and that is not good”.

On his future, Berghuis stated he could go out on loan should he not be part of the club’s plan, ”In a football sense I am unhappy at the moment but my personal life is fine and I am convinced about my own football qualities. This is not why I came here and next season will not be like this season and I have notified the club of my intentions . A loan is also a possibility but that depends if the manager Quique Sanchez Flores stays he has a year left on his contract and I believe he will stay.

”You must also not forget that Watford is a great club that has the whole town behind them and they took 9000 supporters to Arsenal in the quarter final. I want to reiterate that I have no regrets about my choice to come to Watford it is just how the season has gone for me with the team’s way of playing and that fact that I play no part in the squad which is frustrating. I think it would be best to look at different options next season.

”I will review my options at the end of the season and I do not rule out a return to the Netherlands although that could prove difficult in terms of the salary differences but the most important thing is not to experience another season like this one”.

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