Troy Deeney has told TalkSPORT (Sunday, 3.50pm) that both Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins and Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford both deserve their plaudits – after Watkins was picked ahead of Bamford by England boss Gareth Southgate.
Bamford, 27, clocked up 20 goal involvements for the Premier League campaign on Friday evening in just his 29th league game – scoring his 14th and laying on his sixth assist as Leeds beat Fulham in London, ending a three-year hoodoo in the capital.
Despite that form, Southgate chose to pick Watkins – who has also enjoyed an excellent season but considerably less effective in front of goal. The £75k-a-week (Spotrac) Villa man has scored 10 goals in 28 games, laying on only three assists.
Deeney spoke about both strikers, comparing the duo after Southgate stated it was a close-run thing between the Leeds and Villa stars – eventually opting with the man that plays for one of his former clubs. He was full of praise for both.