Steven Berghuis brought up in a football family as his dad Frank played for Holland

Just one look at Watford signing Steven Berghuis' upbringing and it is easy to see why he is a professional footballer.

The winger's father, Frank, played for the Dutch national side before helping his son work his way through the youth ranks.

Berghuis' father had a great influence on his career and that is now set to continue as he follows his son to Vicarage Road by joining as a coach.

Steven Berghuis in action for Watford in their Premier League clash with West Brom

Steven Berghuis in action for Watford in their Premier League clash with West Brom

'My father was a footballer, so I started playing when I was five years old,' said Berghuis. 'I was playing at amateur level until I was 17 and it was then I made the step up to be a professional.

'My father has always helped me. He let me play freely. He always supported me but wasn't a critical coaching father.

'It [his father coming to Watford] was something that was spoken about when I was in discussions to come to Watford.

Dutch winger Berghuis joined Watford in a £4.6million deal from AZ Alkmaar in the summer

Dutch winger Berghuis joined Watford in a £4.6million deal from AZ Alkmaar in the summer

'It wasn't important to the deal. He has good qualities as a coach. If he didn' t have those qualities then I don't think Watford would bring him.'

Watford welcome Ronald Koeman and Southampton to Vicarage Road on Sunday and Berghuis' family links means he knows only to well how talented the Dutchman is.

'My dad played against him, played with him also, and I played a couple of times in Holland against his teams,' Berghuis added.

'Everybody in Holland knows Ronald Koeman. I liked him growing up, but he was also before my time, I was too young. It will be nice facing him Sunday.'

 

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