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Why Kalu And Okoye Missed Watford’s EFL Debut

New information has come to light regarding the Super Eagles Maduka Okoye and Samuel Kalu’s exclusion from Watford’s matchday squad for Monday’s matchup against Sheffield United.

In a fiercely contested Championship game on Monday at Vicarage Road, Watford, which was demoted from the Premier League last season, defeated Sheffield United thanks to a goal from Joao Pedro.

Manager Rob Edwards chose to start Daniel Bachmann in place of Okoye for the opening-day victory. Although listed for the game, Eagles vice captain William Troost-Ekong was benched.

The Hornets’ sporting director, Cristiano Giaretta, eased supporters’ fears about the missing players, stating that they were left out due to the ‘Rule of 11.’

The Rule of 11 means that there can be no more than 11 non-homegrown players in a match-day squad.
Speaking on the club website, Giaretta said, “The rule of 11 will have some influence for now but we are all committed with Rob Edward’s aim of having only 11 non-homegrown players in the first-team squad after the window.

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“It’s important we see August in a different way because things can still change until this month is over.”
Okoye signed a five-and-a-half-year deal with Watford in January when he joined from Sparta Rotterdam for a fee of £5.1m just as Kalu signed a three-and-a-half-year deal from Bordeaux.

Watford will face Burnley in their next game at Vicarage Road on Friday and it remains to be seen if the pair will make the match-day squad.

 

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