8 years of Troy Deeney at Vicarage Road could very much be coming to the end as a move to West Brom is a real possibility as the January transfer window comes to a close. There can be absolutely no question that Troy has been a fantastic servant to the club but would this the right decision by a club who are in desperate need to get themselves out of a messy hole?
Personally I believe this is a deal that should go ahead should the club do their own business to begin with. First of all I think this would be a no brainer had the Hornets sat in a more comfortable position, just 4 points clear of the relegation zone. But now under the reigns of Javi Gracia Watford are in dire need of a revival otherwise they will be playing in the Championship next season and I firmly believe we are starring down the barrel of this real possibility. So why would the club sell their talismanic striker when they need a bit of inspiration more than ever?
My opinion is one that Deeney is perhaps not the crucial figure he once was, he is the captain but I believe his influence has declined, that point to prove that has propelled the former Walsall man to what he’s achieved is not the same. From what I see on the pitch that real fight has weakened and so his leadership qualities are perhaps overstated. You could also argue when times were tough towards the end of last season Deeney was hardly influential himself. Of course this has a real element of risk to it, the mentality of the group that has nosedived dramatically under Silva has shown worrying cracks and it has to be a huge worry that there’s not enough belief and resilience to get out of this dogfight we now find ourselves in.
I think more importantly ability wise though Troy is not the goalscorer Watford so desperately need. His overall Premier League contribution is zero goals from open play, seven games missed through suspension and no impact really at all when he has started. Despite better performances from the bench recently against Southampton and a start against a weakened Bristol City side for example is not enough to fire the club to safety. A departure would surely see a striker come in with just 14 games left, a risk it may be but I believe Watford have to make a signing in that department, with the comfort of knowing that Stefano Okaka is a more rounded player than Deeney and is probably a more justified starter.
Finally the money on offer is ludicrous. The 29 year old has not demonstrated any reason whatsoever to justify the £15+m West Brom are offering. These funds you have to presume will be used instantly to buy the players the squad really needs. You have to acknowledge that Premier League survival is far more valuable but I believe this will not detriment the quality of the squad. Equally as important I believe it might not enhance West Brom who already possess Solomon Rondon, a player with the same mould and someone who I think is better than Troy.
The situation Watford find themselves in mean this has to be considered a huge decision, it’s a bold one because of Troy’s status at the club but I feel there has been life without Troy for a while, a little impact recently should not cloud this and Watford’s squad could well be much stronger come the end of January with the club captain leaving Vicarage Road.
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