Southampton could create a very fruitful partnership if they do sign Troy Deeney. Reports claim they’re interested in the Watford striker.
According to the Sunday Mirror, (11/10, p73), Southampton are one of three clubs eyeing up Troy Deeney. Along with Brighton and West Bromwich Albion, they could look to get a deal done before the domestic transfer deadline on Friday.
No, it wouldn’t be the most exciting transfer in the world. Deeney is 32, after all, and coming to the end of his career – certainly at Premier League level.
But it’s still one that could work wonderfully for the Saints.
Lack of depth
The leading light of Southampton’s attack is undoubtedly Danny Ings. Ings scored 22 Premier League goals last season and has already added three in four games this term.
Beyond that, though, there’s very little. Their next-highest goalscorers last season were Stuart Armstrong and James Ward-Prowse. Both are midfielders and both only scored five each.
That’s quite a stunning drop, then. Their next-highest scoring striker was Che Adams with four goals in 31 games. Then Michael Obafemi with three in 21. Then Shane Long, who managed just two goals in 26 games.
In short, if Ings gets injured, Southampton are in real trouble. And he is a player with a history of injury problems, of course.
It makes a lot of sense to move for Deeney, then. He bagged ten goals last season in a relegated Watford team and, given his age, wouldn’t cost too much.
Deeney would offer a reasonably reliable option for when Ings can’t play. But he could be more than that.
Deeney is, potentially, a great partner for Ings, too. He’s not an out-and-out goalscorer, after all, and has a history of creating for teammates. The 32-year-old managed 20 assists over his five Premier League seasons – a decent number for a player without consistently-scoring options around him.
In fact, if you go back to 15/16 and the last time Deeney played with a great goalscorer, he created seven goals. That teammate was Odion Ighalo. A pacy forward who played off Deeney – something Ings could utilise, too.
He’s a quick forward, looking to run in behind, after all. If Deeney can focus his efforts on providing, then, it’s very possible that the two strike up a useful partnership for the Saints.