Watford winger Ikechi Anya is confident his side can avoid Premier League relegation but insists they have to prove they can compete in the top flight.
The Scotland international insists the squad at Vicarage Road is strong enough to cope with the rigours of top flight football following their promotion last season.
The 27-year-old is excited by the prospect of facing the biggest clubs in the country and he anticipates an “intense” campaign.
Anya remains upbeat on Watford’s chances of avoiding the drop but warned they must try and reach 40 points, the traditional benchmark for survival, as quickly as possible.
“With the quality that we’ve got in the squad, I don’t think there’s any reason not to be confident,” he told Watford’s official website.
“We’re going to the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United – it’s going to be intense. It’s going to be crazy.
“Everyone says the Premier League is where you want to be. So if we want to be there, we need to prove that we’re good enough to be there.
“The aim should be to get to 40 points as quickly as possible, and then see how far up the league we can get.”
Watford travel to Everton in the first round of Premier League fixtures and they are 5.00 to take all three points at Goodison Park.
The Hornets are 1.75 to be relegated and 3.75 to finish bottom, with fellow newly promoted sides Norwich and Bournemouth available at 5.50 and 6.00 respectively.