Harry Redknapp believes Etienne Capoue will prove to be a good signing for Watford, but warned he still needs to adapt his game in order to flourish in the Premier League.
The French midfielder completed a club-record move worth a reported £7 million from Tottenham yesterday, putting pen to paper on a four year contract at Vicarage Road. Capoue joined Spurs from Toulouse for £9 million in 2013 as part of the north London club's £110 million spending spree which was part-financed by Gareth Bale's world record switch to Real Madrid.
However the 26-year-old managed just 24 league appearances for Tottenham in two seasons, the last of which came in the 2-1 defeat against Crystal Palace back in January.
Redknapp, speaking on behalf of BT Sport's charitable initiative The Supporters Club, believes Capoue's versatility could be crucial for the Hornets in their first season back in the top tier, but warned they weren't getting a finished product.
"He’s a player with great potential, he can play in midfield or at the back," the former Tottenham boss told GiveMeSport. "He should be a good player for Watford, but I think he needs to quicken his game up for the English game, I think he’s a little bit laid back. I think he needs to hurry himself up a little bit."
Capoue is Watford's fifth signing of the summer window following their promotion back to the top flight. Striker Matej Vydra, defender Sebastian Prodl, goalkeeper Giedrius Arlauskis and full-back Jose Holebas have all completed moves while Benjamin Stambouli could also follow in the footsteps of Capoue out of White Hart Lane.
Redknapp believes Quique Flores, who took over from Slavisa Jokanovic after he guided the Hornets back into the Premier League, has done some shrewd business so far and backed him to guide his team clear of the drop next season.
"I’ve heard nothing but good things about the manager at Watford," he continued. "I met him when I was out in Dubai and he’s good lad so I hope he does well."
Redknapp has been out of the game since he stepped down from his role in charge of QPR in February, and took the time to pay a surprise visit to the National Football Centre on Monday to meet up with 40 Team England players selected by the Homeless FA after completing the organisation’s Training Centre programme, which uses football to inspire individuals experiencing homelessness to positively change their lives.
"I just came down to do a bit of coaching just to meet some of the boys and girls who are involved in the Homeless FA team," says Redknapp, who recently signed with BT Sport as a pundit for the upcoming season. "It was a great experience, and it was good to meet them all.
He continues: "There was a young girl who is only 19 and she was homeless, and now she is one of the coaches of the women’s team. It was great to see them all getting their lives well on track. They were a very good group. We had a good chat, I think they enjoyed it and I enjoyed it too."
The 68-year-old spent over two years at the helm at Loftus Road, helping QPR bounce back from relegation to the Championship last year via the play-offs before being replaced by former assistant Chris Ramsey, who couldn't steer them clear of the drop.
Redknapp insists he has nothing but fond memories of his time in west London, and believes Ramsey can help the Hoops return to the top flight of English football once more.
"I enjoyed it there," he said. "It was difficult though. Getting out of the Championship is very difficult and last year wasn’t easy. Without Charlie Austin’s goals we didn’t look like scoring and that was always a problem. If we played well it was still difficult because we needed Charlie to score.
"But I enjoyed it there and I wish Chris Ramsey all the best for the future."
Harry Redknapp features in a new BT Sport Film, which follows the journey of participants on the Homeless FA’s Team England and Training Centre programme and highlights the work of The Supporters Club, BT Sport’s charitable initiative. It premieres on BT Sport on Sunday August 2 ahead of the FA Community Shield and online at www.thesupportersclub.org
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