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Doughty stepped from an elite public school to lower-league football

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And, of course, while the step from the straw hats of elite public school at Harrow to the muck-and-nettles of lower-league football was something of a culture shock, playing professional sport is ‘the best job in the world’.

Arteta said: ‘He is in my plans – a player I like a lot. He knows that he has Eddie (Nketiah) next to him and he’s going to push him. Whoever is in better shape is going to play and that’s the same for everyone.

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Bale has another two years on his contract with Real, who seem desperate to offload him. Reports This Resource site week suggested the Spanish champions will pay half of Bale’s £600,000-a-week wage if someone takes him. 

It’s early days of course and the remaining weeks of the transfer window will bring further upheaval, but Watford proved just about superior to a Middlesbrough team who you sense would be more than content with mid-table anonymity.

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The Old Trafford legend told Sky Sports: ‘The idea that Dean Henderson would come into Manchester United and replace David de Gea as No 1 goalkeeper straight away… it won’t happen, I can guarantee it won’t happen.

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Watford were the more vibrant side before half-time before retreating after the break.

Middlesbrough saw chances come and go, with Britt Assombalonga their most dangerous player, but Watford showed a resoluteness often missing last season.

He said:  ‘I said to him (Rob Holding) change your mind because you’re not going anywhere. Again Rob is another one, he’s a difficult time. And now why I have to let him go? He’s playing so why leave this football club.’

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He added: ‘At other clubs, they would be building a statue outside the ground to celebrate him but he has been treated with disrespect by Real Madrid for a long time now and clearly he needs to find a way to get out of there because he has not played enough football in recent months.’

‘The period between Peter Schmeichel and Edwin van der Sar we had Ricardo, Fabien Barthez, Mark Bosnich, Roy Carroll, Tim Howard, Massimo Taibi, many goalkeepers over a five to six-year period and there was inconsistency that certainly didn’t help.’

The likes of Troy Deeney, Danny Welbeck, Ismaila Sarr and Will Hughes were among a raft of players absent here through a combination of injury, lack of match fitness or simply sitting in the departure lounge waiting for a move before the window shuts next month.

Within a minute, substitute Glen Kamara had headed wide from a Borna Barisic cross and, after Hagi and Filip Helander had put efforts wide, the home side scored from another opportunity created on that left.

Alfredo Morelos, an early substitute for hamstring injury victim Brandon Barker and the subject of a £16million plus bid from Lille earlier in the summer, was taken off on a stretcher on 55 minutes after visiting centre-back Ryan Edwards had appeared to leave his studs in following a challenge.

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