Premier League: 10 talking points from this weekend’s action

8) Watford have the firepower to stay upPremier League: 10 talking points from this weekend’s action - Opinion

Quique Flores made friends at Goodison Park on Saturday, surprising many by shaking hands with everyone he encountered on his route out of the press room. His team made a fine impression, too, and while opening-day results can be deceptive, Watford look a side with the quality to survive. Promoted clubs often require striking additions to give them the potency needed in the Premier League. Watford may be the exceptions. Troy Deeney, Odion Ighalo and Matej Vydra scored 57 of their 91 league goals last season. Deeney took his aggressive approach too far with a challenge on Phil Jagielka that could have been punished with a red card, but his pace gives him the potential to score at this level. Ighalo’s goal was beautifully taken and the Nigerian substitute presented a compelling case to start soon. Watford’s supply line looks promising, too, with Miguel Layun scoring once and threatening another goal, José Manuel Jurado providing an encouraging debut, and the £4.6m Dutch winger Steven Berghuis still to debut. It all explains why much of Watford’s transfer activity has been concentrated on defenders and defensive midfielders. Their fate may rest in their hands, because Watford should score more than at least three other clubs this season. Richard Jolly

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