Okoye bemoans Watford bench role position

Okoye bemoans Watford bench role position

Watford goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye, has admitted that his move to the Hornets is not going as planned but he believes he made the right call to move to Vicarage Road.

The Championship side swooped Okoye up from Dutch side Sparta Rotterdam in the 2022 January transfer window, then loaning him back to see out the season in the Netherlands.

The shot-stopper, who has been capped 16 times at international level by Nigeria, has not yet made a single Championship appearance for Watford this season.

Though he has made one appearance for the Hornets this term, in the EFL Cup against MK Dons.

Despite that, he is optimistic that he made the right choice in joining Watford.

“Every goalkeeper who goes from the Netherlands to England has some problems at the start,” he told Dutch outlet Voetbal Primeur.

“Some things are different in England than in the Netherlands, just take the physical aspect.

“Sports wise, it has not worked out as I had hoped, but we are sticking to the plan.

“No, it is certainly not easy. It is quite tough, I have to tell you honestly.

“At Sparta, I played every week and now I’m on the bench. That was something I had to get used to.

“I am still 100 per cent behind my transfer because I did well in the Eredivisie and of course I could not stay with Sparta forever.

Watford currently sit fifth in the Championship table as they aim for promotion back to the Premier League and Okoye is hoping they can do the job.

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