Leeds United v Watford: Hornets player to watch

Gianfranco Zola.
Gianfranco Zola.
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The squad at Vicarage Road is a muddle of familiar, lower-league names and unheard of players sourced on loan from Udinese and Granada – two other European clubs controlled by Watford’s owners, the Pozzo family.

But it is a homegrown defender, centre-back Tommie Hoban, who is catching the eye this season.

Just 18 years old, this outstanding prospect is already on the radar of every top club in England.

Gianfranco Zola described him as “the best player on the pitch” after last weekend’s win over Leicester City.

Norman Hunter clears the ball for Bristol City on their visit to Elland Road to face his former club Leeds United in March 1978. The Robins won 2-0, giving them the double over the Whites having won 3-2 at Ashton Gate the previous October. Picture: Laurie Mercer.

Flashback - Bristol City v Leeds United - When Whites legend Norman Hunter rocked his former club