Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew confirms he attempted to sign Troy Deeney in the past

Alan Pardew

Crystal Palace boss Pardew has confirmed he wanted the Watford striker, likely whilst in charge of Newcastle.

Speaking in a press conference, Alan Pardew has confirmed that he is a big fan of Watford striker Troy Deeney, and that he attempted to sign the striker earlier in his management career.

Deeney is well regarded for his ability, and last season he became the first player in Watford’s history to score more than 20 goals in three consecutive seasons.

He captained the Hornets to the top flight last season, and although he has yet to score his first Premier League goal, the Vicarage Road fan favourite has been a key player for the Golden Boys this term.

He has assisted three of Odion Ighalo’s four goals this term, and his leadership and determination are sure to mean his own goals are not far away.

However, there was a time when Deeney could have left Watford, with him linked to the Premier League when the Hornets were struggling to get out of the Championship.

Now that Pardew has spoken on Deeney, it appears as if he wanted to bring the forward to the top flight, and it was likely when he was in charge of Newcastle.

Considering how Deeney’s career has progressed, and how Newcastle are playing right now, one would suspect the Magpies had a striker of his calibre to call upon.

Even Pardew’s current club Crystal Palace could do with Deeney right now, with the manager struggling to find his best striker at Selhurst Park.

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