Silva Expects Tough West Brom Clash
Head coach Marco Silva has spoken of how he expects West Bromwich Albion to put up a stiff test this weekend as Watford head to The Hawthorns.
Speaking to the Official Site with our away form extremely good so far this year, but Albion's home ground always being a difficult place to visit, Silva said they would pose us a 'true test' when it came to our recent resolve in matches.
'What we expect is a tough game. It is not easy for anybody. When they play at home it is a tough game for everybody. They are a team with good strong players, strong at set-pieces but not only set-pieces. They look assertive in some moments and it will be a tough game for us.'
Silva went on to say that registering our first three straight wins in the top flight had been 'a stamp' for the side, and he's hoping this is just the start for the club.
'They are good numbers, a good signal by us. But this is the past. We need to believe in our way, believe in our work like we did in the last months. We achieve very, very good results and did good performances away. Now is a new game against a good team. We need to prove ourselves again.'
With eleven points picked up from six games as we sit in the top six in the table, Silva went on to say.
'The results help. But to achieve good results you need to work really hard. In our first meeting I told the players we need to build something inside our club and the commitment in the dressing room can help in some moments. You can see in some moments during matches, and during the week, that we are together. This can make the difference. Like in the match against Liverpool: we believed until the end.'
'Against Southampton we had two injuries in the same minute. We reacted again. Everybody stays and works together. The results give more confidence to the players and we are starting to build something really important in our dressing room.'
Silva also spoke of the need to be patient with Richarlison as the youngster continues to develop and adjust to life at the club, but he was delighted with his impact so far and he believed fans were seeing exactly why we scuppered his move to Ajax and convinced him to head to Vicarage Road.
'It is true, I made some contact with him. I knew the player was going to travel to sign for Ajax, so I tried to stop everything. I called him and explained everything and that I believe in him. We analysed him as the technical staff him since May. He was still playing in June. We were in Austria and we were watching him and analysing him really well. We then took the decision with our board to buy the player. He's not a cheap player but we needed to be assertive.'
With the 20 year old not turning 21 until May, Silva clearly expected big things from him in the future given his performances so far, but with him still developing he knew we couldn't expect too much too soon.
'We need to be calm with him. Everyone is happy with him but he's only 20 years old. We need to help him, not put a lot of pressure on him. He wants more every day and wants to learn. He's come here and adapted fast. It can easily happen the other way.'