JASON Tindall believes Watford will be "delighted" to have kept hold of some of their key players as they look for an immediate return to the Premier League.

The relegated Hornets have made a strong start to life back in the Championship, currently sitting third in the table.

As well as losing a host of players and changing managers in a busy summer, Watford did retain the services of the likes of Ismaila Sarr and Troy Deeney, despite rumoured interest from elsewhere.

"I think it’s important for any team that you keep your best players," said Tindall.

"I’m sure Watford are delighted with that. Sarr and Deeney are two great players for them.

"The impact Sarr has had since Watford signed him, I think he’s been fantastic. It’s no surprise to see Premier League clubs wanting to sign him. I think that just goes to show the importance of keeping those type of players because they’re difference-makers as we’ve seen.

"The same for us being able to keep Josh King on deadline day when there was a lot of speculation, and some of the other good young players we’ve got.

"I think it’s a big thing, an important thing, and although we’ve lost some top quality players that have done so well for us over the years, but I think that’s expected when you do get relegated."