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.
Love the too. Think it’s probably the only ground in the country that’s still for the people do you agree? https://t.co/9PUFpxqWSt
— Troy Deeney (@T_Deeney) October 18, 2017
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?