Watford manager Marco Silva has been left frustrated by the Hornets trasnfer dealings in the final week of the window.
Nordin Amrabat joined Spanish club Leganes on a season-long loan shortly before the deadline, a decision that went against Silva’s wishes.
The Morrocan international had started in each of Watford’s Premier League games so far, but left along with goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon in a deadline-day move to Spain – after the goalkeeper joined Deportivo La Coruna on loan.
“Now the market is closed, I don’t want to talk much about it, but first, I’m clear with you, the last week was not the best for us in the market,” Silva said.
“It’s different than what we tried to do, but different things happen. What we planned for last week and achieved is different. You want the best things, and you can’t achieve that in the last week.
“That’s not the best thing for me or Watford, but that’s life. I expected something different, it’s true.
“In some moments the coach can’t control everything. Even though we lost one player after August 31, it was not in my plans to lose the player.”
Watford travel to Southampton unbeaten in the Premier League so far under the Portuguese’s stewardship.
The 40-year-old could also be handed a boost ahead of the trip to St Mary’s by the return to fitness for defenders Younes Kaboul and Daryl Janmaat. Both were injured in the opening day draw with Liverpool.
Sebastian Prodl limped off in the first half of Austria’s World Cup qualifier against Wales, and will be assessed on Friday.
The Hornets will be without Miguel Britos, however, after he was sent off following a rash tackle on Brighton’s Anthony Knockaert in the goalless draw at Vicarage Road before the international break.
“It is impossible to happy with that sending-off,” Silva added on Thursday. “I’ve spoken with him, of course.
“In that moment you don’t need to speak too much as he knows what is in my mind. He’s very upset with his action and it is clear to him my opinion.”