Three things learnt from Watford's 2-0 victory over Bournemouth
Watford claimed their first Premier League victory of the season and consigned Bournemouth to a second successive defeat with a comfortable 2-0 win on the south coast.
Late goals from new signing Richarlison and substitute Etienne Capoue ensured the Hornets maintained their unbeaten start to the campaign under Marco Silva.
However, it was an afternoon to forget for his counterpart Eddie Howe, whose side are still searching for their first goal following last weekend’s reversal against West Bromwich Albion.
Here are three things we learned at the Vitality Stadium.
Silva already working his magic
Despite being relegated with Hull City, the Portuguese manager was very much in demand and linked with several Premier League clubs after leaving the Tigers in the close season.
Silva opted for Watford and so far both he and the supporters could not have asked for more.
A thrilling 3-3 draw with Liverpool on the opening day provided more entertainment than had been served up at Vicarage Road under Silva’s predecessor, Walter Mazzarri.
That morale-boosting point has now been followed up with an impressive victory against a Bournemouth side that finished ninth last season.
Silva has been active in the transfer market and looks to have found the right balance between defence and attack.
It is early days of course and Silva is still in his honeymoon period, but the initial signs are very encouraging.
Another slow start for Bournemouth
The Cherries are in their third Premier League season and they are becoming notorious for being slow starters.
This is the third successive time they have lost their opening two fixtures and in those six games, they have scored only one goal.
In the previous two seasons they faced a top club early on, but this time around their opponents were West Brom and Watford – two teams against whom they would have fancied their chances.
Howe will be concerned by the nature of his side’s performances, which have been uncharacteristically poor.
Despite enjoying the lion’s share of possession, Bournemouth have created virtually nothing and not looked like scoring in either fixture.
With matches against Arsenal and Manchester City next up on the itinerary, the Cherries are in danger of being without a point well into September.
Richarlison underlines his raw potential
Silva was effusive in his praise of unheralded new recruit Richarlison in his post-match appraisal – and it is easy to see why.
The Brazilian joined from Fluminense this summer and is showing why Watford paid £11.5 million to acquire his signature. He is by no means the finished article but there is plenty of raw talent which Silva will hope to mould.
Richarlison opened the scoring by tapping home a rebound from close range, but his display in general caught the eye.
The 20-year-old attacker was a real handful all afternoon, twisting and turning his way around Bournemouth’s defenders, who didn’t seem to know how to contain him.
Understandably, Silva wants to calm expectations on his young prodigy, who does not speak English, but he will be delighted with how he has settled in.