Sky Sports News is reporting that Newcastle are interested in Watford striker Troy Deeney.
Troy Deeney – 25 year-old Watford striker
This is not the first time Newcastle have been linked with this striker and twelve months ago we were also reported to be interested in Deeney.
In the last two seasons he has scored 45 goals in 91 appearances for Watford, and last season he knocked in 25 goals in 48 games.
Deeney become the first Watford player to score 20 league goals in consecutive seasons since Cliff Holton managed to do that way back in 1961.
The striker was the Watford Player of the Season last season, so he seems to be a decent enough player, but it’s a very big jump in class between the Championship and the Premier League – one of the top football leagues in the world.
The twenty five year old 6′ tall Birmingham-born player started out at the famous Aston Villa Youth Academy, but was released when he was 15, and he ended up at Walsall in 2006.
Deeney was at Walsall for four seasons and played there 136 times with 27 goals before he signed for Watford for around £500K on an initial two year contract.
In his four seasons at Watford he has scored a total of 61 goals in 177 appearances.
However Deeney has also been in trouble with the law – and in June of 2012, he was sentenced to ten months’ imprisonment for kicking a man in the head in a brawl, and he served three months of the sentence, before he was released.
It’s difficult to know if a player of this caliber – who seems a good goalscorer in the Championship – would make it in the Premier League.
What do you think?