In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, former Premier League striker Dean Windass has backed West Brom boss Sam Allardyce to bring Troy Deeney back to the big time this month.
The 66-year-old has endured a torrid time since replacing Slaven Bilic at the Hawthorns, picking up just one point from four matches whilst the Baggies have also leaked a whopping 13 goals.
They are also among the top-flight’s lowest scorers and with Karlan Grant now ruled out for the next six weeks with a broken foot, you’d imagine that a new striker has quickly risen up Big Sam’s priorities.
In the summer, the Watford man was linked with a move to West Brom, as per the Daily Mail, before Bilic settled on Grant.
And Windass has claimed that Deeney would be a decent option as the Albion boss likes a target man…
He told FFC:
“I can see that. Troy has always come out and said ‘I’m a Premier League player.’
“[He is] a target man, in a sense. Is [Sam] going to go two up top? He could go three-at-the-back with two up top — Deeney with a quick lad.
“So yeah, I can see that. [He’s a] legend at Watford, but if you feel as though you can still play in the Premier League, then brilliant.”
The 32-year-old powerhouse is back playing regularly for Watford following the sacking of Vladimir Ivic, and he does have bags of experience in the Premier League.
He’s racked up 47 goals and 21 assists in 167 top-flight appearances, via Transfermarkt.
In the Championship, he’s bagged four times in the Hornets’ last nine outings, though it remains to be seen whether or not he would be free to leave for a final swansong at the top.
Having been born in Birmingham, the veteran could well welcome a return to his hometown.
Big Sam also lacks leadership so Deeney, the current long-serving captain of Watford, could fulfil more than just a goalscoring void – he’s been dubbed a “great leader” by teammates in the past whilst former boss Malky Mackay described him as a “real handful.”
Sporting and technical director Luke Dowling knows the 6-foot titan from his time in north London too.
Albion could do a lot worse this window.