Hughes Learning From Silva
Summer signing Will Hughes has said he's confident his own game will improve the longer he works under head coach Marco Silva, having been very impressed with him so far.
With four clean sheets in our last five pre season games, Hughes told the Official Site that he was enjoying life under Silva following his switch from Derby County and he'd been very impressed with our gaffer so far.
'His persona's brilliant, on and off the pitch. He's very understanding, a very good communicator, so I'm going to learn a lot from him. I've already learnt a lot in the last few weeks, so I can't wait to see how my game improves under him.'
Having been regarded as one of the top prospects outside of the Premier League for a number of years, Hughes was delighted to finally get his chance to shine in the top flight.
'It's been a long time coming. I'm looking forward to a massive challenge and the chance to play in the Premier League. I didn't have the greatest of seasons last year with Derby, but the chance to come to the Premier League was one I couldn't turn down. I've wanted to play in the Premier League: it's every young boy's dream, and it's been a long time coming for me. I've played against Watford many times. It had a good vibe about it: good family club, and it was an easy choice in the end.'
'Derby's all I've known for the last 10, 15 years, as a club and a place, so it was a massive move for me, but it's been great settling down. I've got used to the area and the people. Obviously it's a big change for me, so it was fresh start. I joined pre-season straight away in Austria, had a couple of extra weeks off due to the Under-21s Euros, but everyone's been brilliant with me, all the boys. It's a bit of a culture shock, going into a changing room with different nationalities, but it's one I've embraced, and I'll learn a lot from.'
Looking ahead to the season, Hughes knew he had to work hard, wait for his chance and then take it when it came along and that was what he planned on doing.
'To get games will be a big plus for me. I'm not going to walk into the team straight away, there's quality players, especially in midfield. I'm here to learn as well, I'm still young, still 22, so just to get game time in the Premier League will be massive for me and we'll go from there.'
'You've got the top five or six: the amount of money they're spending they should be finishing in those spots, and then the rest is up for grabs. We had a really good start at the start of last year and hopefully can do exactly the same again and carry it on. We all know how difficult the Premier League is, and on their day, anyone can beat anyone, so we'll take confidence in that and hopefully have a good start against Liverpool.'