When you think of a Watford player you more often than not will think of Troy Deeney, who has been at the club since 2010 and has remained a constant figure in what have been seasons of vast change at Vicarage Road. The Birmingham born forward is Watford’s talisman, there is no doubt about it, but all good things come to and end and should that now be the case this summer for the Hornets skipper?
Every summer Deeney is linked with a move away but the club have re-iterated he is not for sale and have rejected very large bids for a player that has never even made it into the England squad, that is because Deeney is more than a player to Watford. His huge influence on the squad has come into question though last season and I think where previously Deeney’s absence would be unthinkable, his absence now would leave less worries and that in fact a future without the captain is possible and could even be a fruitful one.
First of all looking at the player itself, Deeney has recorded a goal return of 13 in his first Premier League season and 10 in the one just gone. Those are not bad figures for a player that is far more than just goals. The flip-side is a fair few of these have come from the penalty spot. In his first campaign he was excellent alongside Ighalo and this is because they were a well suited partnership. Deeney did a lot of the dirty work but flourished having a partner who could occupy another centre half. When played as a lone striker it is clear to see his game is not as effective and he doesn’t have the mobility that can hurt teams on the break and that is simply what the club needs to get to where they want to be. So with Marco Silva’s preference of playing with a lone striker this does not bode well. It is for this reason why I think the club should finally cash in on Troy should another large offer of over £20 million come in. If Silva were to play two strikers this season I would have no doubt the former Walsall player can still be a handful in the division.
It wasn’t Deeney’s best season last campaign but I do think he was a player that suffered under the poor management of Walter Mazzarri. The mindset wasn’t right and while it is easy to let Deeney off the hook, my guess is that Deeney was just as unhappy with the Italian as the fans were so to play to your best in a poorly setup side is no easy feat.
So despite this I wouldn’t doubt that the club’s talisman can bring plenty to the table next season but my question is to what degree? I don’t doubt Deeney’s capabilities but I do question whether he is what Marco Silva is after, as previously mentioned if it’s a lone striker in a similar style that Hull used under his tenure then I think the club should look to accept high offers for the player. At times last season Deeney almost became a hindrance, if the club want to move forwards it might be time to forget the name and move on with a new striker who is more adept to playing as a lone striker for a new Watford under Marco Silva.
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