Dyche hails Kightly signing

Watford boss believes loan deal is clear sign of club's standing

Michael Kightly: Wolves winger has made loan switch to Watford

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Watford boss Sean Dyche believes the loan signing of Michael Kightly is a clear sign of how much the club is respected.

The Wolves winger joined the Hornets on loan last week as he looks to work on his fitness.

Watford beat a host of clubs to land Kightly and Dyche feels that is a clear sign of the reputation of the club.

The likes of Tom Cleverley, Henri Lansbury, Jordon Mutch and Andreas Weimann have all impressed in recent spells at Vicarage Road.

Now Dyche is hoping Kightly can follow on from the other impressive loanees at the club.

"Mick was more than happy to send him here because the good thing is that we have built a reputation for treating players properly and helping them on their pathway - no matter if that is an old player or a young player," Dyche told the Watford Observer.

Kightly started Watford's 2-0 loss to Crystal Palace at the weekend, but Dyche insists he needs time to establish himself.

"We have got to allow him a little bit of leeway to get into things but he is a quality footballer," he said.

Quality

"We are always interested in quality and we have had the chance to bring Michael here which will help us and help him.

"We will have to see where we use him, it is another nice conundrum I have as manager.

"He is a good player to have because he does have a few different options in his locker. He is predominantly a wide man but can play behind the striker, in the hole or at the top of a diamond.

"So it gives us another possible avenue to look down when we need it."

Dyche admits that Kightly could remain longer than his initial month, if he and Wolves wanted that.

"Mick McCarthy said a month, now that may change over the month for different reasons. If Mick sees fit and if the player sees fit then we will ask the question of course," he said.

"But that was the immediate position and we are not in a position where we are picking and choosing these things. We have to be flexible, run with that and use the time wisely."