Xisco Munoz has said that Nathaniel Chalobah is putting in the performances he wants to see from all of his Watford players.

The midfielder is one of several who have benefited from the head coach's more attacking approach and took the responsibility of the club captaincy well, after he was handed the armband in recent weeks following injuries to Troy Deeney and Tom Cleverley.

He has scored in two of Watford's last three matches, including an important equaliser away at Cardiff City, but more importantly for the head coach, he is buying into the philosophy the Spaniard is trying to instil.

"Chalo is a very important player for us," said Munoz. "It's very good for me. When you see him in the pitch, he always gives the best for the team. This is the most important, when you have one squad and they believe in your idea and they give the maximum for the team. This is the most important.

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"When they have this ambition, they want to play all the games, even when they have problems. They play hard. And if they have a little injury they play also. It's amazing.

"Chalo is important for us. He is one of the capitanos of the team and of course we need players like him.

"I'm very happy and I have luck because I have a lot of players with the same ambition, with the same energy, for these important games."