If reports in the Daily Mail are anything to go by over the past day, Watford’s influential forward Troy Deeney could be on his way out of the club amidst growing interest from Premier League rivals.
The 28-year-old endured a testing end to the recent season under departing manager Walter Mazzarri, with tempers fraying between the two, and it’s understood that he is now seeking a new team.
Reports claim that West Brom, Everton and Leicester City are all in the hunt to sign the Hornets’ target-man – but to do so they would need to meet Watford’s high financial demands of around £35 million.
What could Deeney bring to another Premier League side?
Perhaps not as evident in the season just gone, but Troy Deeney is a prolific goal-scorer who certainly knows how to find the back of the net in the Premier League.
In a season where Watford have largely struggled, eventually avoiding relegation by a narrow margin, Deeney still managed ten goals in 37 league appearances alongside four assists for his side.
Compared to the previous season’s tally of 13 goals and seven assists it shows that the 28-year-old carries a level of consistency and potency in the top-flight that is a crucial asset for mid-table teams.
What Deeney lacks in pace and skill is more than made up for in physical strength and creative guile, able to hold the ball up in front of a defensive line and allow midfield runners to advance further.
Despite being an out-and-out striker there’s also a level of unselfishness to his play, happy to turn provider and that was evident this year, creating the most chances (40) out of anyone at Watford.
After being made captain at Vicarage Road Deeney also know how to lead by example from the front and raise the game of his team; a characteristic which would particularly suit West Brom boss Tony Pulis.
This also means that the forward isn’t just capable of having an impact on the pitch but in the dressing room too, and with the Baggies impressing hugely during the first-half of the Premier League season just gone Deeney could prove to be the man to push them closer to the elusive European spots.