When Watford narrowly lost the Championship title to Bournemouth last season, very few predicted them success in the forthcoming campaign. Instead, many believed the Cherries and Norwich would most likely prosper in the Premier League.
However, after ten games, they sit 13th in the table with 13 points having bullied defences with their strong strike partnership of Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo, the latter hitting the net five times already this season.
Ighalo has proved a menace for opposing centre-backs with his hold-up play and strength being particularly difficult to withstand.
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On the other hand, captain Deeney is the soul of the team - week in, week out he works tirelessly, covering an incredible amount of ground each game whilst providing assists, which have thus far made up for his solitary goal.
Wins against Swansea, Stoke and Newcastle are proof that the Hornets are capable of winning many more; they are yet to suffer a thrashing this season and defensively they look very well organised.
Against Arsenal, Watford were on the brink of causing a major upset - had they scored it would have been a much closer game.
The quality of Arsene Wenger's side eventually triumphed, though, yet Watford's performance showed a dogged determination to prove they are capable of competing against the best in the league.
Last season, the Hertfordshire-based side changed managers more than their players changed shirts - Quique Sanchez Flores was the fifth manager they welcomed within a one-year period.
Although change has been a regular occurrence at Vicarage Road, their ability to progress has been undeterred by external factors.
Flores appears a very composed, suave manager who has implemented his own style of play on the Hornets. They added many new players to their squad in the summer and such acquisitions have largely boosted their chances of survival.
Etienne Capoue already looks a natural leader in midfield, whereas at Spurs he was mainly overlooked. Ben Watson is another key component sitting next to the Frenchman. His drive and ambition are attributes required for Watford to stay up this season.
Another hero for Flores' side this season has been another ex-Spurs player, in Heurelho Gomes. The saves he has made have contributed to his team's defensive prowess, having conceded a mere ten goals.
The Brazilian has been called upon countless times and barely put a foot wrong - penalty saves, bewildering reflexes and an authoritive voice at the back are some of such benefits the 34-year-old brings.
All in all, Watford are playing out of their skins and even their biggest critics are struggling to see why they can't survive.
With their players in decent form and high spirirts, a virtuoso manager at the hlm and a redefined squad, they possess the attributes required to flourish in the Premier League for seasons to come.