Watford boss: Fulham signing Bouazza no first-choice

Watford boss Adrian Boothroyd says new Fulham signing Hameur Bouazza wasn't good enough to get into his first-choice team.

Bouazza, 22, signed a four-year deal at Fulham - but Boothroyd believes the Algeria international forward has made a mistake in leaving the Hornets.

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"Hameur wouldn't necessarily have been a starter," said Boothroyd. "If everyone had been fit, [Tommy] Smith and [Jobi] McAnuff would have started.

"We had a player who I didn't think was anywhere near ready to move. He should have stayed a little bit longer, to grow and develop.

"But the lure of the Premier League, and the money to be made by all concerned, is a heavy burden sometimes.

"I have a lot of respect for Hameur, for where he has come from and what he has done.

"But if a player is so desperate to go, you have to weigh up his effect on the environment.

"To get £4million for him is probably good business, considering I was going to move him on if he hadn't done anything after coming back from Swindon (where Bouazza had a loan spell towards the end of the 2005-06 season)."

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