This Is Why Rafa Benitez Wants To Sign Troy Deeney In January

There’s an exclusive report in ESPN that Newcastle are after Watford striker Troy Deeney.

Newcastle have presumably made an inquiry for the player and if this is true Rafa probably wants him at Newcastle for his savvy and experience, and he’s also a good leader.

The Watford striker has been at Watford since way back in 2010, and he has helped them get into the Premier League, and they have held their own over the last two seasons.

Troy Deeney – experienced and savvy – a good leader

It’s also intriguing that Troy that on October 18th he tweeted about how he loves playing at Newcastle  –  in his tweet too should be toon.

On 25th November we lost 3-0 at home to Watford.

Deeney has had a tough season at Watford because of injuries and new manager Marco Silva,  and he probably would jump at the chance of joining Newcastle.

He has also just completed a four-match ban for his second red card of the season.

But the report doesn’t say whether Rafa wants to sign him permanently or on loan – we would expect its an initial loan spell.

Benitez is reported to rate Deeney, and the experienced striker could get goals at Newcastle under the coaching of the Newcastle manager.

Deeney has failed to be a starter in Marco Silva’s team this season, and it could be that he has no future at Watford under the new manager.

The 29-year-old Watford captain has scored 7 Premier League goals which isn’t many, but more than twice what our top scorers have scored.

Joselu and Gayle are top with 3 goals each.

We’d be surprised if Rafa wants to sing Deeney permanently this month but a loan spell with an option to buy in the summer if he does well would give us some real experience up front in attack over the rest of the season.

That’s why we think Rafa wants him at Newcastle – to help keep us in the Premier League this season.

What do you think?

17 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 4, 2018 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #1

    wow, Deeney serving his second ban this season, and plays most his football from the bench.


  • DubaiMicky

    Jan 4, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #2

    Bloody buses…

    I wonder how much cash we have in the bank? 2 league payments have been made if I recall, 1 Sept and 1 Jan, so surely we should have £30m or so sat there – which I guess makes a difference to the price agreed.


    Jonjo Shelvey To Sign For Before 3rd February 2018

    2/1 West Ham
    6/1 Tottenham
    6/1 Everton
    10/1 Southampton
    12/1 Crystal Palace
    14/1 Stoke
    14/1 West Brom
    14/1 Watford
    14/1 Brighton
    14/1 Leicester City

    Here’s hoping we can screw another £30m+ from Spurs…..

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 4, 2018 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #3

    There are not many strikers currently in the PL that are available, affordable and are able to step straight in. Deeney makes sense once you get over your initial reaction.

  • geordiemark

    Jan 4, 2018 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #4


    as shelvey is a british player they have to pay top prices so I think between 30 and 40 million should do but replaced with another player not to go into ashleys back pocket like the carroll fee went

  • DubaiMicky

    Jan 4, 2018 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #5

    Well Ashley did say that Rafa can every penny the club makes on anything and he wasn’t going to take a penny.

    Or is he just another Bliar?

  • Jib

    Jan 4, 2018 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #6

    Just so you have an idea of who gets the best
    news on transfers.

    Take Joselu’s deal – he signed on 16th August.

    The first inkling he was being approached by Rafa
    was the morning of 4th August in the Stoke Sentinel
    by tea-time The Sun online were running it
    Our lot , the Shields Gazette and Chronic/Journal
    didn’t pick up on it until 6th August.
    It would appear that for all the mockery it gets
    the Sun is the goto connection for reliable
    transfer news

  • geordiemark

    Jan 4, 2018 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #7


    both very similar both lying two faced oops I best not say 🙂

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 4, 2018 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #8

    If Shelvey is to be sold the Greek midfielder from Porto would need to be secured first. It would also be shocking that another PL would want him and willing to pay us a major profit. But I suppose that’s Swansea all over!

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 4, 2018 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #9

    ” He has also just completed a four-match ban for his second red card of the season.”

    makes you wonder if it’s something far deeper with mitro than just collecting cards regularly.

  • rozehnal

    Jan 4, 2018 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #10

    Everton agree tosun fee!!

    This takeover taking the piss now

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 4, 2018 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #11

    Extract from the Chronicle dated 4th August 2017 at 14.22hrs

    “The Magpies have enquired about the possibility of signing Joselu, but despite reports of a solid bid there has been no agreement just yet with Stoke City over a price.”

  • lochinvar

    Jan 4, 2018 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #12

    If West Ham want their cockney lad Shelvey back home and he wants to go then so be it. But remember that West Ham are awash with cash and save expenditure by having a cheap ground on HP from the taxpayer.
    We could use some cash to fund the loans or purchase of more athletic goal scoring strikers.
    So what’s the going price for Shelvey ?

  • geordiemark

    Jan 4, 2018 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #13


    well considering they are well off 60 million should cover the cost of shelvey 🙂

  • Slank

    Jan 4, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #14

    Frank pingles come sock,

    Re your query on time scales when Amanda Staveley started the new company on the Man City.

    There should be no equivalent comparison because since the Man City takeover the Premier League have introduced much stricter rules and a more thorough investigative process for anyone wanting to buy a Premier League club.

    According to the league the investigative process takes at least ten days (depending upon who they are dealing with I suppose and how transparent their business and financial affairs are). The process also includes a face to face interview with the league officials. If the league discover any misdemeanors that the prospective owner has been convicted of or accused of in the UK or overseas they can reject the bid depending upon I guess the severity of the actual and/or alleged offences.

    Once this process starts I would think leaks will start to appear.

  • Blofal

    Jan 4, 2018 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #15

    In my opinion Rafa’s number one criteria in a player is that they be available for selection the majority of the season. Any player with a bad disciplinary record or who is injury prone are very unlikely to come.

    For that reason I think Deeney is a last resort in case we don’t get our main targets.

  • croftus5678

    Jan 4, 2018 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #16

    deeney has scored 2 goals in 7 starts 6 sub’s he has not scored 7 goals!!!!!

  • nufcalex

    Jan 4, 2018 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #17

    We need to stop signing players we will replace soon as they’ll sit on their cushty wages and they’ll be hard to ship.


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