Leicester’s fairy-tale has robbed this Watford ace of the praise he deserves

Despite beginning the 2015/16 campaign as one of the favourites for relegation ahead of the new domestic season, Quique Sanchez Flores and his plucky Watford outfit have nonetheless excelled this term, even if most of the Premier League spotlight has undoubtedly been stolen by the boys down at the King Power Stadium in recent weeks.

Several so-called football ‘experts’ may have seemingly written the determined Hornets off before a ball was even kicked, but after subsequently proving many high profile pundits within the English footballing community wrong, Watford look to have successfully maintained their Premier League status, and could even go on to secure a surprise top ten finish with just a little bit of fortune of their side.

So then, with current Watford captain and all-round leader out on the pitch for Sanchez Flores’ side this season – Troy Deeney – clearly one of the standout figures for the Vicarage Road, does the 27-year-old centre-forward ultimately represent one of the Premier League’s greatest unsung heroes of the season?

Well, as the former Walsall and Halesowen Town striker has netted an impressive 10 goals in all competitions so far this term, whilst also contributing seven crucial final third assists for his team-mates. Deeney clearly deserves his fair share of credit for Watford’s impressive showings.

The man himself has scored more league goals than Everton’s highly rated Ross Barkley so far in 2015/16, as well as both the £49m-rated Raheem Sterling of Manchester City and current skipper of the England national side, Wayne Rooney. Roy Hodgson must therefore offer Deeney his due consideration for EURO 2016 this summer, even if such an outcome remains highly unlikely in the cold light of day.

Via his impressive hold-up play inside the final third, keen eye for goal in and around the opposition’s penalty box and overall leadership ability all across the park for Watford in 2015/16, this is one player who has been criminally overlooked so far this campaign.

Although Deeney’s current strike-partner, Odion Ighalo, has seemingly taken most of the plaudits, the in-form Nigeria international arguably wouldn’t have looked half the player he has without the reassuring presence of Deeney.

Put in no uncertain terms whatsoever, the 27-year-old Watford striker has simply stood up to be counted when it has really mattered, and whilst the ambitious front-man may not go down as one of the most technically gifted centre-forwards the Premier League, everything Deeney lacks in skill and technique, he more than makes up for with pure heart and determination.

If Arsenal had the pleasure of including several players with Deeney’s unmistakable sense of passion among their starting XI this term, perhaps Arsene Wenger’s side would have been able to count upon enough mental strength to genuinely consider themselves worthy title challengers.

So then, although very few non-Hornets supporting fans will likely hold Watford high up on the agenda come the culmination of the 2015/16 campaign, Quique Sanchez Flores’ side clearly deserve a great deal of praise for their exploits, with Troy Deeney himself at the forefront of the recent successes in Hertfordshire.