In their last outing, Watford walked out of Derby County's Pride Park with a 5-1 loss. The Hornets handed Derby their first home in five months and looked completely lackluster while doing so. The Rams walked all over Watford, maintaining over 60% of possession over the course of the match while putting 11 shots on target to Derby's one. The match took place on September first, just one day after the transfer window closed and one day after Watford added five additional players to their ranks.
In the middle of the summer, the Pozzo family completed their takeover of Watford. The family has owned Serie A side Udinese for more than 25 years ago and just three years back, purchased Grenada of La Liga. Thanks to these connections, Watford have been able to sign what is now ten players from an Udinese side that finished 3rd in La Liga last season.
On deadline day, Watford added five players to their ranks in defenders Jean-Alain Fanchone, Neuton Piccoli, and Lars Ekstrand as well as midfielder Cristian Battocchio and striker Fernando Forestieri. The five players are all between 20 and 23 years of age. None of these new additions featured in Watford's loss to Derby but could very well be handed debuts against Bolton Wanderers tomorrow.
Speaking to the Bolton News ahead of tomorrow's match, Owen Coyle said:
"They went into [the Derby] match with six points from three games. We expect a host of changes for them because I think they signed six players on deadline day that didn't feature at Derby. You would imagine some of them will be involved in the game.
"We know the players that have come in, albeit we haven't seen a lot of them close at hand. We have background on them and they are good players.
"Regardless, of what they bring this is about Bolton Wanderers and we have to focus that we are at our best.
"We have to be aware of their strengths and weaknesses but do our own part."