Newcomer Hassane Kamara talks first season in Premier League: It’s really difficult

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Written by Martin Graham | May 1, 2022

Cote d’Ivoire defender Hassan Camara has admitted the difficulty of the Premier League in his first season.

Kamara has signed Watford FC from French club OGC Nice in the January transfer window as part of a flow of signings to help The Hornets avoid relegation this season. But signings, including Kamara, haven’t done enough to help Watford.

The 28-year-old spoke to BBC Sport Africa On his experience in the three months he spent on Vicarage’s path to take on the best in English football.

“I now understand why the Premier League is such a great show,” he said. BBC Sport Africa. “It’s really tough. I was impressed because I’m a player who likes to run a lot but I have to say it’s very intense.

“Without wanting to disrespect France, the level here is really difficult. The style of play here is more direct.”

Camara was asked about his side’s fight for survival. The Ivorian has made 15 appearances for The Hornets in the Premier League since moving from Nice and says he enjoys fighting to stay awake.

He said: “Playing in the Premier League has been a major goal for me in my career, so I was very happy to reach it.” BBC Sport Africa. “What is really impressive for me is the level of every player here. Whether they are known or not, they are fast like me, they have technical capabilities, they are smart.

“Teams here are obsessed with scoring so as a defender I have more situations to manage. I am also very impressed with the wings.”

Camara says players have been running everywhere since the match kicked off in England

The former left-back at Stade de Reims also spoke of one major difference in the tactical mindset of Ligue 1 and Premier League clubs.

“In Ligue 1, we will measure our opponent and we will not press directly but here in England, from the starting players are running everywhere,” Camara stated. “We play long so we run a lot, back and forth, and the referees don’t whistle as many, so the match is more fluid and intense. It never stops.”

Watford lost to Burnley at home on Saturday to boost their chances of survival. They gifted a lead and a three-point chance when Burnley’s James Tarkowski converted the ball into his own net in the eighth minute. Burnley took advantage of a two-minute mishap from Watford’s defense to score in the 83rd and 86th minutes and take the three points off Vicarage Road.

The club has only four matches to change their fortunes or they will play in the tournament next season.

Martin Graham is a sports writer for the MFF Forum