Being a former France Under-21 captain, and a fully fledged French international meant that a lot was expected of Etienne Capoue when he arrived at Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2013, although the end result of his tenure at White Hart Lane reeks of mediocrity and failure.
Perhaps the latter word is a bit unfair on Capoue who was only given 24 league appearances out of a possible 76 during his time in front of the Spurs faithful, hardly a 'fair crack of the whip', one could argue.
Regardless of how many chances the midfielder was given, Capoue's failure to impress strikes a chord of shock amongst many people, particularly in France, who saw Capoue as a potential star for the national team.
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Nevertheless, age is on the side of Etienne Capoue, who at 26 years old still could have a long prosperous career in front of him.
New Watford manager Quique Sanchez-Flores clearly sees a spark, a slight flicker of something special in the Frenchman to spend a a club-record fee on the midfielder. What could that 'flicker' of brilliance be?
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Attributes to Succeed
At almost 6 foot 3 inches tall, Capoue has the potential to be an imposing figure in front of the Watford back-four; Capoue has the chance to be a foil to the opposition, the chance to act as a further guard to the Watford goal.
Coincide this with Capoue's knowledge and experience of playing at the highest international level with France and Watford may well have found themselves a diamond in the rough as they seek to establish themselves as a Premier League mainstay.
Spurs Transfer Woes
Currently Capoue is a name prevalent with the list of recent transfer woes for Tottenham; Capoue is much like Soldado, Lamela and Paulinho - he is deemed a 'flop' or a 'bust'.
Arriving for just under £10million, snubbing Cardiff City in the process, Spurs fans expected to see the 'new Vieira' grace White Hart Lane with his prowess and excellence but were instead spectators to a string of fairly average displays from the former Toulouse man.
Return to Form
Whether Capoue can push past failures aside and flourish at Vicarage Road remains to be seen. Clearly the Frenchman has the physical attributes and capabilities to succeed but the Premier League requires more than that - a player needs the temperament and mental strength to play let alone impress.
The book on Etienne Capoue's top-flight English career remains to be concluded, and maybe, just maybe, Watford will teach their new hornet how to sting again.