Adam Masina says he feels like his hard work in training is paying off after earning his first league start for Watford last weekend.
The Hornets snapped up the 24-year-old during the summer from Italian side Bologna for a fee of £4.5million but have used him sparingly since his arrival, with the left-back playing just six minutes of Premier League football before last Saturday’s clash at Wolves.
With regular left-back Jose Holebas suspended, Masina was handed his first start and helped Javi Gracia’s men keep a clean sheet as they ran out 2-0 winners at Molineux.
With Holebas available for this week’s game against Huddersfield, it is likely Masina will make way but the Italian is determined to keep himself fresh in case he is called upon again.
“I worked so much in pre-season and in the first three months, so I am happy for my full debut, to start from the beginning of the match,” he told the club website.
“The season is long, but if the team needs me, I am ready. We worked so hard in the week and we were ready for this match.”
Masina admits he still has plenty of work to do to adapt to life in England and is happy to learn on the job.
“The Premier League had a lot of intensity, while the Italian league is more tactical and it is different,” he added.