Troy Deeney: Five Reasons Aston Villa Should Sign The Watford Number Nine
A few months ago I interviewed Gianfranco Zola for Sabotage and Topman Generation and during a Q&A the little Italian was asked a bog-standard question, “If you could realistically sign any player who would it be?”
I’m not sure if the answer was merely a ploy to build confidence in the player or whether he genuinely meant it, but the answer was instant, “We don’t need anybody else, we have Troy Deeney. He is a player that will do big things for us.”
Zola wasn’t wrong. Having spent the majority of pre-season locked up after a charge of affray and the much talked about influx of loanees having arrived at Vicarage Road, Deeney’s future was up in the air.
Before ‘doing porridge’ Deeney was quickly becoming a fan’s favourite. Not the most prolific of strikers but with the potential for cult hero status, Deeney’s sentence couldn’t have come at a worse time. Ask most Watford fans at the time of him going down what to do with the former Walsall player, the answer would have been to get rid. Ask them now and I’m sure the answer would be completely different. He’s in the form of his life and the fans absolutely love him.
With Aston Villa struggling to stay afloat this season, Deeney could be the man to fire them back up to the Premiership or if they survive, reignite the Lambert revolution. Here’s why:
He’s A Team Player
When times are tough in football you need someone who brings you together and gets the players playing again. The likes of Vydra and Forestieri and Watford would not be having such incredible seasons if it wasn’t for their selfless and gallant strike partner. Benteke would have a field day alongside him.
He Holds The Ball Up Better Than Anyone
There’s nothing better than being a team under the kosh and having that outlet to relieve some of that pressure allowing your team to regroup. Deeney holds it up, shrugs off challenges and releases the ball second to none.
Defenders Are Scared Of Him
Many a defender this season has come up against Troy and found themselves withered and knackered by the 70th minute. The likes of Wes Morgan, arguably the biggest defender in the league, have been on the losing end of a Deeney shoulder-to-shoulder. On his day, he’s frightening to play against.
He’s Still Young
At 24, Deeney still has time to develop his game even further and playing alongside the likes of Benteke, Stephen Ireland and Agbonlahor could only improve him as a player.
He Can Actually Finish
12 goals already this season from a player who isn’t an out and out striker ain’t half bad. He can tuck away a penalty, he’s great in the air and when he decides it’s time he can hit them from outside the box, too.
As a Watford fan, I’d rather Villa let us keep him but from a Villains point of view I couldn’t see any harm in taking a chance on a player you released when he was 15.
Just a side note, he may be a Birmingham fan with a Blues tattoo but I’m sure that won’t put you off…