Watford striker Troy Deeney looks increasingly likely to leave Vicarage Road ahead of Tuesday’s deadline and it could be a huge mistake to let him go.
The Athletic have suggested that the Hornets are willing to terminate Deeney’s contract in order to let him join Birmingham City this month, with both sides keen to reach an agreement.
Deeney might well be regarded as a Watford legend but he looks unlikely to play regularly in the Premier League for Xisco Munoz’s side this season and therefore a move to St Andrew’s, to play for the team he supports, would make a lot of sense for the 33-year-old striker.
Although you could argue that the likes of Emmanuel Dennis, Josh King, Joao Pedro, Cucho Hernandez and Ashley Fletcher are all ahead of Deeney in the pecking order at Vicarage Road, you can’t underestimate the influence that he has at the club.
During his time with the Hornets, the striker, who reportedly earns £65k per week, has contributed 140 goals and 62 assists in 419 appearances, playing a huge part in Watford reaching, and staying in, the Premier League in the past 11 seasons.
Even last season, when he was a fringe player in Xisco’s squad, he managed seven goals and three assists in 19 appearances and you feel that he would be a good player to keep around this season as they look to avoid relegation from the top-flight, as he certainly still has the ability to pop up with important goals.
At 33, Deeney will undoubtedly be a huge part of the dressing room at Watford and you feel that, if the Hornets were dragged into a relegation battle this season, the striker could have played a huge part both on and off the pitch, so it feels like a mistake to let him leave for nothing.
However, Lee Bowyer clearly wants him at Birmingham, calling him a “winner” when questioned about him last week and you feel that it could prove to be a big mistake to let someone like that leave when this could be a tough season for the Hornets.
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