Writer: Tom Bodell
Date:Saturday October 13 2012
The man who is overseeing the club's progress after his father's acquisition of the club, Gino Pozzo, gave an interview to The Daily Telegraph today in which he admitted that 'perhaps' there had been too many loan arrivals at Vicarage Road and that there would never be such an influx in WD18 again.
Speaking to The Telegraph's Jason Burt, Pozzo Jnr. admitted that perhaps there had been too many loan additions to Gianfranco Zola's squad this summer, but reasoned that loan deals with the option to buy were the best type of deal for the club.
"Maybe we have sent too many, too soon but it`s a case of wanting to move forward quickly,' admits Pozzo.
"The ideal way to sign a player is a loan with an option to purchase.
'We have some good young, promising players in the academy and have a strong base to work on - and the fact that we are able to go out of England and sign some top young players is a unique opportunity which will make us much more competitive."
Pozzo also touched on the club's illustrious academy set-up, contending that the club's message about young players is 'mixed', on the basis that youngsters are frequently handed one-year contracts.
"We were surprised that a club that works with young players is not committed to young players.
"They had one, two-year contracts. Why? It was a mixed message. By changing that idea - to say that the players are here to fully develop to a top, top level - then they will sign longer contracts for the next three or four years. Everyone is starting to understand that.'
Connor Smith, Sean Murray and Tommie Hoban have all benefitted from this policy in recent weeks, with each player putting pen-to-paper on brand-new five year contracts at Vicarage Road - excellent news for all parties involved.
And what are we building towards? It's well-known that the family want to end up in the Premier League one day, but a time frame has never been put on that target, and that seems unlikely to be compromised.
"We want to be there one day but I`m not going to say 'we have to be in the Premier League otherwise`. Otherwise nothing. We will just do the best we can do to get there as quickly as possible but without forgetting where we have come from."
It's certainly good to hear from the Pozzo's from time-to-time and one has think that had these kind of statements regarding key issues such as loanees and the strategy of the club been made sooner, we might not all have been whipped up into a tizz!
Date:Saturday October 13 2012
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