Matej Vydra urges Premier League target to stay at Watford

Troy Deeney has been the subject of intense transfer speculation this summer, but his strike partner wants him to stay.

The 26-year old Englishman was recently appointed Hornets captain for the ongoing season, and, despite interest from Premier League sides Leicester City, Swansea and Aston Villa, the forward has shown no desire to leave Vicarage Road.

Having netted 20 and 25 goals in all competitions for the past two seasons, the former Aston Villa youth prospect has cemented himself as a key player in any hope that the Hornets have for promotion to the top flight, and he started this season in much the same manner.

A 17th minute chip over Andy Lonergan kicked off the 3-0 victory to open Watford's Championship campaign, and it was strike partner Vydra who netted the second of the game.

In the 2012/13 season, the duo totalled a combined 42 goals, with Vydra winning Championship Player of the Year as the Hornets lost in the Play-Off Final. Despite spending last season as a bench warmer for West Bromwich Albion, the Czech international is now back at Vicarage Road, and he doesn't want Deeney to leave.

Quoted in the Daily Star, the 22-year old believes that both strikers will improve in each others company, whilst the loss of Deeney would cost the team too many goals to achieve promotion.

The Udinese loanee said: "I think Troy can stay here and get promoted with Watford.

"And if we had a whole season together in the Championship I think we could do very well for Watford in a strong team.

"We have a good chance. If he left, we lose 25 goals - and that would be too much."

Whilst Vydra wasted last season, struggling for playing time in the Premier League, he is aware that Deeney improved in the long Championship campaign that he had to endure.

"I think he has got better and improved in the time I have been away, that is clear.

"He is a very good player and striker but also a captain. The players follow him.

"It would be much better if he stayed."

The feelings that Vydra expressed are shared my all of the Watford faithful, who see Deeney as more than a goalscorer in their team. Being the key man must increase the pressure on the Englishman, but it appears as if he is willing to shoulder the weight of expectation and lead the Hornets to promotion.

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