Hornets bottom of English league

Hornets bottom of English league

Watford are at the bottom of the Premier League in terms of giving playing time to English players so far this season.

Skipper Troy Deeney is the only player from England to secure a start in boss Walter Mazzarri's XI, while Ben Watson is the only other player from these shores to get on the pitch, courtesy of a 26-minute run out at Southampton.

Research by CIES Football Observatory shows that nine per cent of the minutes played by Watford’s first-team players in the Premier League have come courtesy of English players.

Chelsea are the next biggest offenders in the Premier League with 16% and only Manchester City come under the 20% barrier out of the 20 clubs.

Watford's record is the second worst in Europe, with fellow Pozzo-owned club Udinese having a paltry one per cent of their Serie A minutes completed by Italian players.

Ironically, it is former Watford defender Gabriele Angella's two second-half substitute appearances which ensured they registered some minutes on the board.