Younes Kaboul has urged Watford to take inspiration from Premier League champions Leicester to fuel their bid for a top-10 finish.

Kaboul urges Watford to follow Foxes' lead

Kaboul urges Watford to follow Foxes' lead

The Hornets eased themselves above the halfway mark with a 1-0 victory at Middlesbrough on Sunday - their third in five outings - to suggest that last season, which saw them end their first campaign back in the top flight in 13th place, was no fluke.

Kaboul was a Sunderland player at the time, but has seen enough since heading for Vicarage Road in the summer to believe they can improve upon that this time around.

He said: "Yes, because we have got quality in the group. Leicester proved last season anything can win the Premier League - I'm not talking about this, of course, but that shows you the mentality now of other teams.

"When I say other teams, it's the other teams out of the top four, five, maybe even six now. For the rest of the teams, anyone can surprise anyone. That's the Premier League."

Watford, of course, have changed manager in the meantime with Quique Sanchez Flores having made way for Walter Mazzarri, and the Italian insisted after the game at the Riverside Stadium that he is setting neither limits nor targets, but simply taking each game as it comes.

However, 30-year-old central defender Kaboul is adamant that he and his team-mates are determined to build upon the club's achievement last season.

Asked if they could do that, the Frenchman said: "Well, it depends. The first season, you always get that spark because it's new, bring back in the Premier League, so last season, the club did very well.

"The target this season is to do even better if possible; if not, to be like last season. But we always look to do better, of course.

"To be in the first half of the table would be perfect for the club."