By Janine Self for the Daily Mail
Published: 21:38 BST, 16 October 2020 | Updated: 22:35 BST, 16 October 2020
Brazilian teenager Joao Pedro has been bulking up so he can handle the rough and tumble of English football.
He has added seven kilos of muscle but not at the cost of losing his magic touch.
One moment of quality – actually the only wow moment of a tight encounter – saw the striker deliver a wonder goal which had the dual effect of catapaulting Watford into fifth and pile the pressure back on to Derby coach Philip Cocu.
Joao Pedro hit a stunning winner as Watford beat Derby 1-0 away from home on Friday night
Pedro (left) curled in a sensational shot from the edge of the area to give the Hornets the win
Speculation that Wayne Rooney is waiting in the wings was dismissed as ‘rubbish’ by County owner Mel Morris before kick-off.
To reinforce the message, Morris and his head coach could be seen chatting and laughing together and generally hammering home a hugely visual