Capoue pleased with new role

09 February 2018 04:32:43 EST

Etienne Capoue believes he has been given a new lease of life following Javi Gracia's appointment as Watford's head coach.

The Frenchman admits he endured a difficult time at Vicarage Road when Marco Silva was in charge of the Hornets, 20/1 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table this season following Monday's 4-1 victory against Chelsea.

The 29-year-old has played back-to-back 90 minutes for the first time this season under Gracia and is enjoying his deeper role in the side.

"I enjoy it (playing regularly) so much and it was a difficult time for me under Marco Silva," Capoue said. "I didn't play a lot, but now the new manager has given me a chance and I am trying to take it.

"Gracia has told us we start from zero but we need to win as soon as possible to bring a good vibe. He is trying to bring the best out of everyone."

The former Tottenham midfielder added: "Life is good and I am the type of guy, even if I am not playing, I am happy."

Watford face fellow relegation candidates West Ham United on Saturday and are 9/4 to beat David Moyes' side with Capoue 11/2 to score at any time in the match.

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