Displacing Foster at Watford will be tough – Okoye

Maduka Okoye – Watford signing

Displacing Foster at Watford will be tough – Okoye

Super Eagles goalkeeper Maduka Okoye has admitted that it will be tough to displace Ben Foster as Watford’s first choice next season, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.

Okoye, 22, signed a five-and-a-half-year contract with Premier League club, Watford for a fee understood to be in the region of €6m.

The deal will begin on January 1, 2022.

Foster, 38, who is Watford’s first choice is currently recovering from a groin injury has made 372 appearances has kept 88 clean sheets.

Daniel Bachmann and Robert Elliot are other goalkeepers in the Hornets squad that Okoye will compete with for the first choice position next season.

He told ESPN, “Of course, it’s not going to be easy, and there’s never the assurance to be the number one or be a starter as a football player, but that’s why I just need to stick to the plan and work hard and develop myself and then I’m sure I will get my chances at Watford.

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“It’s the biggest league and I know my qualities. They (Watford fans) will see a young and hungry goalkeeper who is willing to learn a lot and give everything, but I don’t want to talk too much now.

“First of all, I’m going to focus on AFCON and then the end of the season with Rotterdam, and then we focus on Watford after.”

Okoye who has been capped 13 times by Nigeria also expressed confidence in the Eagles qualifying for Qatar 2022 World Cup.

“I’m very sure that no matter what, we’re going to get a ticket for a World Cup,” he continued.

“We need to play 90 minutes, focused and fearless.”

The former Fortuna Dusseldorf II goalie has played in every one of Sparta’s 14 Eredivisie matches this season, conceding 20 goals before he sustained a shoulder injury in their 1-0 loss to Ajax last Sunday.

Displacing Foster at Watford will be tough – Okoye

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