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Watford midfielder Ross Jenkins says playing alongside Edgar Davids at Barnet is 'a big honour'
Ross Jenkins says playing alongside Edgar Davids in the Barnet midfield is a big honour.
The 22-year-old joined the Bees on a one-month loan deal last week from Watford and has played 90 minutes against Morecambe and Oxford United.
Jenkins admits Davids was one of the players he looked up to as a youngster and believes Barnet try to play football "the way it should be played.”
He said: “It is very different (playing with Davids). You just don’t expect to be playing with someone like him. He has great experience and great knowledge so it a big honour to be playing alongside him.
“You learn so much watching him in training and on the pitch. He talks well and has everything a leader needs.”
He continued: "The boss has everyone playing a certain way. Everyone is moving and everyone wants the ball.
“Everyone likes to get the ball down and pass. It is just doing it in the right areas and at the right times. You need to pick your moments when to do it.”
There has been much debate about the number of foreign loan players brought to Watford since the Pozzo family's takeover last summer.
Jenkins, a product of the Hornets academy, has made over 80 Championship appearances for Watford but has played just once under Gianfranco Zola this season.
“Unfortunately I don’t think I have done enough to get into the team,” the midfielder explained. “That’s why I have asked to go out on loan to get some more experience.”
When asked whether he thinks players in the Hornets academy still have an opportunity to break into the first team, he said: “If the manager thinks you’re good enough there is no reason why he will not play you. It is just proving that you are good enough.
“I am sure though that if the young players are good enough then they will be thrown in.”
Jenkins believes the Watford squad has a good blend of experienced and young players and feels the loanees from Udinese and Granada has given him the opportunity to learn from different football cultures.
He added: “It is a good experience and there are a lot of good players at the club. It is very international so you pick up different things from the players that you might not necessarily get over here.”