The former Spurs midfielder hardly set the world alight when he used to take to the pitch at White Hart Lane, but his efforts in a Watford shirt have been far more impressive, not allowing the pressure of a £6.3 million club-record fee to stifle his performances. Seemingly altogether too lightweight for the Premier League when trying to assert himself on proceedings in North London, Etienne Capoue has been far more physically imposing in Flores’ side, securing the heart of the midfield and providing a firm base for the rest of his team-mates to operate from.
The Hornets have been fierce competitors all season long, securing their Premier League survival with several weeks left to go before the run-in really started to kick in. While the goals of Odion Ighalo; and to a slightly lesser extent Troy Deeney, have been the most obvious reason for their successful accumulation of points over the campaign, Etienne Capoue has gone about his work in an understated manner. The Frenchman has made some fine challenges when the situation threatened to develop into something dangerous, and has also been a strong asset in taking the ball forwards on some occasions.