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Watford boss Silva: We need Gray to be sharper; Slimani move?

Watford boss Marco Silva admits they need Andre Gray to start coming good in front of goal.

But Silva thinks confidence is not an issue for the 26-year-old.

He said: “With Andre and Troy (Deeney) in this situation, I cannot look at one as a starter and the other as a back-up. Andre has started plenty of games.

“I don't see Andre with a lack of confidence. There is no big difference between when he came here in August and now.

“For my job I want to see him do more sometimes. In some moments he starts to look like now is the moment to go, but then he misses an easy goal and he has doubts in his mind.

“We are here to help him play at a good level and help the team. He knows how we work with him and what we need.

“Always when a player plays it's important for him to achieve things for him and the team."

Meanwhile, on interest in Leicester City striker Islam Slimani, Silva was coy.

He refused to comment on links ahead of the Hornets' trip to Brighton

"I don't want to talk about January, and the market," he said. "We have a lot of games to play, we need to keep focusing on our games.

"We are working and analysing our squad as well, and we'll see what we can do in January."

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