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Gabriele Marcotti on Faraoni, Angella & Fabbrini

With Udinese trio Marco Davide Faraoni, Gabriele Angella & Diego Fabbrini all linking up with Watford for their pre-season training camp in northern Italy, Vital Watford sought the thoughts of respected Italian journalist, Gabriele Marcotti.

Here`s what Gab had to say on the Zebrette trio...

Faraoni is the player that excites us most of the three, how good a player is he & would be best suited at to right-back in 4-3-3 or wing-back in 3-5-2?

It's tough to say in the sense that I haven't seen him much in a back four. At Inter he either played as a wing-back or wide in midfield with a three man defence.

Udinese only really played a back three last year. He didn't play much for Udinese, mainly because, at right-back, they had Dusan Basta on the right, who was one of the best in Serie A last year and, on the left, they alternated Pablo Armero at first and then later the veteran Giovanni Pasquale. He can easily play on either flank, though I think the right is where he's best.

What are the strengths & weaknesses of Faroni's game?

He's confident, ready to take people on and gifted on the ball.

The obvious weakness is going to be fitness. He suffered a really bad injury when he was 18 or so, an ACL if I recall correctly, then this past season played a bit at the start of the year but very little in the past six months.

However - and this has to be encouraging to Watford fans - Udinese decided to make his loan deal permanent [at a cost of 6m - Ed.], despite his injury. This suggests that they know he's going to be fit and they know he's a player worth having.

Flicking through Twitter, a lot of Udinese fans are disappointed to be losing Angella; he played a few games for the first-team last year, how good is he?

Again, he didn't play that much because Udinese had two excellent centre-backs - [Medhi] Benatia and Danilo - and three different guys alternated as the third centre-back.

He looked OK when he played, mostly in the second half of the season, but the big caveat will be this: Udinese were a team built to counter-attack quickly and were highly tactical, from what I've seen [Gianfranco] Zola is much more expansive.

Strengths & weaknesses of Angella's game?

He's good on the ball, he concentrates and looks very aware. Downside, perhaps, is that he's tough to judge out in the open field, because Udinese rarely found themselves in that situation.

Also, I've never seen him in person, only on TV.

What position best suits Fabbrini's game & would he be able to adapt to English football?

I see Fabbrini as a striker, both as a centre-forward and as a second striker. He played mostly as a support guy for Antonio Di Natale. He's physically suited and he's certainly a "busy" player.

Strengths & weaknesses of Fabbrini's game?

He works hard and seems unselfish. He had a decent Under-21 career for Italy, but has yet to have a full season as a regular under his belt, at any level (he's still just 22 to be fair).

I don't think he's outstanding on the ball or particularly quick, but he has very good fundamentals and is a "team player".

You can follow Gabriele on Twitter @Marcotti.

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Date:Wednesday July 10 2013

Time: 2:33PM

 

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