Watford’s Andre Gray feels he is starting to be rewarded for his hard work on the training ground. The 27-year-old joined the Hornets last summer but despite starting the campaign up front under Marco Silva, saw his chances limited when Javi Gracia arrived in January.
Despite his frustration, Gray continued to work on his game and his perseverance appears to have paid off with the boss starting both him and Troy Deeney in attack in last weekend’s 2-0 win over Brighton.
The pair dove-tailed well and are again likely to get the nod on Sunday when the former Brentford man returns to Turf Moor to face former club Burnley.
After winning his place in the team, Gray says he is proud of the way he has handled the situation by letting his hard work do the talking.
“I obviously didn’t have the best of starts under Javi. I have had to fight to prove him wrong and show I can play the way he wants,” the 27-year-old told the Watford Observer.
“I try not to talk too much and feel if you are good enough you are going to play, if not, you won’t. There were maybe a few times I wanted to be involved a bit more and haven’t had the chance.
“I have had to wait and prove myself at the training ground. It is easy to mope around and strop but that is not going to get you anywhere. You have to have a good attitude and that has helped me show what I am capable of.”