West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis has opened up on his admiration for Watford forward Troy Deeney. The veteran gaffer had tried to bring the forward at Hawthorns in the summer but the player was deemed to be too expensive at the time as Watford had slapped a £30m price tag on the forward.
Despite the failed effort at the time, Pulis is not giving up and wants to lure the player once the transfer window opens. Deeney has been mostly playing the second fiddle to Andre Gray who hogged all the limelight since his record move from Burnley in the summer.
Deeney started against West Brom in the last match but failed to find the back of the net. The Hornets have found a much-needed foothold in the Premier League this term as they surprised everyone with their disciplined and attracting football.
Marco Silva’s appointment at the Vicarage Road seems to be reaping dividends for the team which endured a tough 2016-17.
In this season, the story has changed completely as they are currently sitting in the sixth position giving other clubs a nightmare. Deeney has almost been a father figure to this club at which he has been since 2010. The Birmingham born forward has played more than 300 games for the club and has been a part of the ups and downs at the Vicarage Road.
But since the latter part of the last season Deeney has somehow lost his spot at the club, he was involved in a spat with former gaffer Mazzarri and as a result, he had to play the last couple of matches from the bench.
Pulis has been searching a goal poacher following the dismal performances of Salomon Rondon and Hal Robson-Kanu and he brought in Jay Rodriguez who has scored a single goal till now.
Deeney is going through a goal drought currently and ironically his last goal came against the Baggies in April this year. Pulis showered his admiration for the 29-year-old.
“We’ve liked Deeney. The first couple of years in the Premier League he did exceptionally well for Watford.
“But yeah, I’ve been an admirer from a distance.”
If the situation goes like this Denney would like to disassociate himself from the long-standing association with the club. Watford was very busy in the summer transfer market and have strengthened their attacking department. So this time if the Baggies come with a lucrative offer they might decide to cash in on the player.