Watford captain Troy Deeney is a target for both Fulham and West Bromwich Albion as they look to survive relegation at the first attempt.
Deeney was relegated with Watford last season as the Hornets went through four managers in a season and finished in 19th place. Deeney was the club’s top scorer with 10 goals but it was his leadership qualities that were greatly praised by former bosses throughout the season.
He’s known for his straight-talking, no nonsense style where he will publicly take the blame or pass it to others if he feels it necessary. That is something that is appealing to both Fulham and WBA as they look to grow tough skin to hang with the big boys for a little while longer than just a year.
His physical presence up front, plus experience of Premier League football will also be a boost to these clubs. At Fulham, he would compete or partner with Aleksandar Mitrovic who despite his own experiences has struggled in the Premier League in the past. At West Brom, he would likely take over as the first choice striker from Charlie Austin. Austin is another who, like Mitrovic, has plenty of experience scoring goals at all levels but has struggled in the Premier League for the most part.
Deeney would come in as a boost to the first-team of both clubs on the pitch but his mentality off it would likely be as much of a boost and help to the managers.
Another option for Deeney could be a move to Aston Villa, who struggled without a striker last season despite spending big money on Wesley and Samatta. While there is no reported interest from Villa Park just yet, there have been links to Burnley and even Tottenham.
Burnley would make sense, with Sean Dyche looking to add proven cover for his burly style up front to help manage Chris Wood and Sam Vokes’ playing time. For Spurs, he would be exclusively cover for Harry Kane but with Jose Mourinho as manager the two would likely get on like a house on fire and the prospect of potentially winning trophies would appeal to him. It would also mean staying in London and not uprooting his family which at this stage in his career, is surely something that would play a part in his decision.
With plenty of options and still plenty of time to go in the transfer window, Deeney is highly unlikely to still be at Watford through the new season. West Brom lead the chase, but the decision is Deeney’s.