Date: 10th August 2007 at 4:05pm
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What can we expect of new summer signing Stephane Seanla.

I have been speaking to Vital Watford editor Dr. Andrew Mitchell about the abilities of Ivory Coast teenager Seanla from his knowledge of the striker.

Seanla joined Watford after his release from the Tottenham Hotspur academy in the summer of last year but Mitchell says it was not because of he was a recognisable name to supporters and a star player ready for first-team action in a Hornets’ shirt.

‘(He) was highly regarded by Spurs when he signed but in all fairness I think Aidy Boothroyd took a gamble on him,’ Mitchell exclusively tells Vital Barnet.

‘Many Watford fans will ask Claude Who? Seanla Made only one appearance for the first team in the Carling Cup and only a handful of outtings for the reserves after signing from Spurs.’

‘From what I have seen of him coming on for the stiffs he has a quite a bit of paceand can fire off a lot of shots. He can play either as an attacking midfielder but is more suited to an out and out strikers role.’

It is interesting to see where Paul Fairclough decides to dispatch the talented youngster, having been used on the left and centre of midfield as well as up front. Mitchell claims a strikers’ role will best suit Seanla’s abilities but has looked most promising in midfield during his trial spell at Underhill. Mitchell points out that ‘his work rate isn’t the best and he didn’t track back a lot,’ but perhaps the incentive of regular action along with a year’s extra muturity will spur him on to put in the effort during games, something that is more important for midfielders than any other position.

He sums up by saying Seanla is a ‘mystery man’ and that seems to be the case for supporters too who will just have to wait until a few weeks into the season before they take judgement over Paul Fairclough‘s new signing.