Will Hughes believes happiness is the key to Watford’s success this season and that Xisco Muñoz’s infectious positivity provided the turning point that helped the Hornets return to the Premier League.
The midfielder said that, as much as tactics and shape are important, the main thing Muñoz was able to provide was a dressing room full of happy players, wanting to do their best for the coach.
It is that mentality that Hughes feels carried them back to the top-flight.
“It’s a simple thing to say but I think he just put a smile on people’s faces,” he said. “And I think that’s half the battle of keeping players happy when there’s only 11 places up for grabs.
“If you’ve got a squad of 25 to 30 it’s very difficult to keep everyone motivated and happy but I think he’s done that really well.
“Everyone wants to work for him and work for each other and I think you can see that not only in the results but in the performances and the way we’re playing since he’s come in.”
That positivity has persuaded Hughes that there is no other club he wants to be at and the midfielder claimed he wants to extend his current deal at Vicarage Road.
Currently, he has one more year remaining on his contract – but is expecting his representatives and the club to come to an agreement to extend his stay in North London.
“I’m really happy here, I’m settled, back in the Premier League. There’s nothing better and that’s how I want it to remain, it’s as simple as that,” added Hughes.
“There’s no thoughts in my head about not me moving elsewhere. That’s in my agent’s and the club’s hands.
“That’s not something I’m really concerned about and it’s not something that I’ve really thought about. I’ll give my all for Watford until my contract is up.”