If reports are true that Aston Villa are heading a list of clubs looking to prise Troy Deeney away from Vicarage Road this month, then the signs look particularly ominous for Paul Lambert’s side this season.
Deeney’s ten goals for Watford this season have inspired Gianfranco Zola’s side towards a promotion push this term, but if that’s what passes for an attacking option to bolster your survival hopes, then potential suitors need look no further than the last Watford striker to make a Premier League switch in recent times.
Marvin Sordell is living evidence that a small purple patch in the Championship doesn’t constitute a viable remit for a top-tier switch, especially to a struggling club. Sordell’s ten goals for Watford secured him a move to Owen Coyle’s Bolton last season, in which he failed to make anything resembling a noticeable impact as they eventually succumbed to relegation.
Given Deeney’s previously average goalscoring record, a gamble would be something of a reserved way of describing this protracted deal.