Few would believe a few seasons ago that Troy Deeney would be a Premier League player.
He has scored eight goals this season, and as a result is being linked with an England call up, further helped by Wayne Rooney’s standard pre-tournament injury. With Deeney playing so well for Watford right now, should he be considered by Roy Hodgson this summer?
With recent call ups for Jamie Vardy, Danny Ings and Charlie Austin, strikers who have come up through the Championship and performed in the top-flight, it perhaps suggests Deeney is going the right way about earning himself a call up.
With the Euro’s in France this summer, Hodgson may decide to call up players that other teams won’t know how to handle. That is partly why players like Kane, Deeney and Vardy are successful in the Premier League, because the opposition don’t know how to handle them yet.
With Dnny Welbeck seemingly being kept off the plane, and Sturridge being wrapped in cotton wool, this could be the best chance other strikers have to get on the plane.
As long as they continue to perform, then it could be a direct battle between Vardy and Deeney. Both are very different players, and should Leicester win the league with Vardy, then you feel he would have the edge. Vardy’s pace is too much for defenders, and his eye for goal means that he could easily fit alongside any strike partner.
But Deeney still has an outside chance. At the age of 27, he is about to enter the peak of his career. He has constantly worked hard to get to the top, and at least one England cap would be well deserved.
This is really down to Ighalo and Deeney, who have provided most of Watford’s goals this term. If one of the pair isn’t scoring, they will be setting up or creating the play. England have not had such a good pool of strikers in years, and if Roy does not utilise all the different options, then he will be making a big mistake.
Deeney is very much the kind of striker who can not only hold up play and set up goals, but can easily be spotted to get on the end of balls and score. Though it may have taken him 10 games to score his first goal in the Premier League rhis term, he deserves at least one cap for England.