Why Troy Deeney is the man to lead Watford into the Premier League

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Watford have promotion to the Premier League in their own hands and the prolific Troy Deeney has inevitably been a key figure in their season.

Troy Deeney has been a revelation since moving to Watford from Walsall for a fee rising to £500,000 back in 2010.

But when he was purchased by Malky Mackay he originally struggled, scoring just twice in 36 Championship appearances in his first season.

However, since then he has become one of the most prolific strikers the division has ever seen.

In the last three seasons, Deeney has scored 62 league goals in 118 appearances for the Hornets and has become the leader in their push for Premier League football during that period.

Indeed, Deeney is Watford’s club captain and chief protagonist in a strike-force which sends shivers down the spine of Championship defences.

Alongside Odion Ighalo, Matej Vydra and Fernando Forestieri, Deeney has reaped havoc this season.

Only table-topping Bournemouth (82) have scored more than Watford’s 78 goals in the Championship.

But despite playing alongside some excellent strikers, Deeney has still managed to shine through. His recent form has seen him become the top scorer at the club with 19 and second only to Daryl Murphy (23) in the division.

But Deeney’s all-round game deserves some acclaim too. He has created 56 chances on goal, including eight assists, showing that he is most definitely a team player who has thrived alongside Ighalo and Vydra in particular.

He leads from the front and his consistency in the last three seasons means he not only merits a great deal of respect but proves that he is ready to lead Watford into the Premier League, should they hold onto their top two spot come May.

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