Watson focused on football
Ben Watson insists the continued speculation surrounding his future will not affect his performances.
By Chris Burton
Last Updated: 10/11/08 3:27pm
Ben Watson insists the continued speculation surrounding his future will not affect his performances on the field.
The Crystal Palace midfielder is set to become a free agent next summer, having spurned an offer of a new deal with the Eagles.
Widely regarded as one of the finest talents outside of the Premier League, there has been no shortage of interest from clubs hoping to snap up a bargain.
Nottingham Forest, Birmingham and Reading are all believed to remain in the hunt for the 23-year-old's signature, although Watson maintains he will not allow his attention to drift elsewhere while he is still required at Selhurst Park.
"I get paid to play football and that's what I am doing," he told the Local Guardian.
"All the talk has nothing to do with me. People can talk, say this, say that, I'm just getting on with the football."
Watson was on target as Palace saw off Coventry on Saturday, bringing to an end a frustrating four-game winless run.
Neil Warnock's men have not enjoyed the productive season many had tipped them for but, with the Championship notoriously difficult to call, Watson believes the Eagles still have time to drag themselves back into promotion contention.
"Everyone is beating each other," he added.
"That's the way it is. It's just a strange league. If you can get a bit of consistency and go on a run you never know.
"Reading don't look like losing at home, but other than that there isn't a massive gap in the league from top to bottom."