Premier League
September 4, 2016

Why Troy Deeney Shouldn’t Start Against West Ham

Mr Watford is the one that needs a spell on the bench


Watford captain Troy Deeney earlier in the window rejected a £30 million move to the Champions of England, Leicester City – and later pledged his commitment to The Hornets signing a five-year contract. However, I feel that the Watford skipper should not be in the starting eleven for Watford’s game against West Ham.

The 28-year-old had a successful campaign last season scoring 13 goals securing safety for Watford in their first year back in the Premier League since being relegated in the 2006-2007 season. Deeney also scored 20 or more goals in three consecutive seasons, the first Watford player to ever to do it, so why shouldn’t he start on Saturday?

Deeney has come back from pre-season overweight. It is hardly like he was skinny in the first place, but he was stronger, quicker – he doesn’t look like the same player and many Watford fans will agree. Troy was slow to get off the mark last season, but he put in good performances. I, unfortunately, cannot say the same for him this season. I reckon a 3-5-2 will still be implemented against West Ham, leaving Pereyra to play in that number ten role with Ighalo and (hopefully) Success up front. Watford lack variety, and I am sick to death of watching Britos playing long balls into Troy and Ighalo, Success brings you that variety, he is quick, strong and direct: he could cause either Reid, Collins or Ogbonna problems.

To drop Troy Deeney would benefit him; he has a great attitude and mentality. I am confident that Deeney would come back for the Manchester United even stronger. Deeney was surprisingly dropped for the Tottenham game and the next week he scored a brace against Watford’s bogey team, Crystal Palace. I am not implying that he will score a brace against Manchester United, but I am implying that he should put in a better performance and Success could make more of an effect against West Ham.

Deeney may, however, look sharper after the international break, but from what I and other Watford fans have seen of him, he should be dropped. The Birmingham man is playing because of his reputation at the moment.

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