Watford’s main man might consider that his time is spent better elsewhere these days than at Vicarage Road.
Watford's Troy Deeney celebrates scoring
Tory Deeney has been nothing but loyal to Watford, and one of the central pillars of the club while all else changes around him. Life under the Pozzo family has seen managerial changes and Italian transfers rushing in like a child let lose with £50 in a sweet shop - but is the striker's time at the club coming to an end?
The numbers Watford are reportedly asking for Tory Deeney will cost a lot more than a few penny chews though, with a £35 million price-tag put on his head to ward off interest from Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion, according to the Sun.
Troy Deeney is adored by Watford fans
But would it be wise for Troy to move on this summer? That may be the case if he really wants to give his England ambitions a better opportunity. He has done all he can for Watford and has the ability to play for a club that is not taking a back seat once it gets to 40 points in a season.
The partnership he had with Odion Ighalo was fresh and inspiring in 2015/16, but the same magic was not there last season and Ighalo was sold to Chinese Super League club Changchun Yatai FC in January. It is unlikely Deeney would follow his former partner to China, but his options in England may be reduced to clubs like Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion, rather than Arsenal or Everton who will be vying for European places.
Is Deeney wise to sit it out at Watford?
A pillar for Watford
Last season did not see Troy push on as much as he might have liked. His Opta stats show he scored 10 goals and created four assists in 37 appearances, and only Heurelho Gomes and Etienne Capoue played more than the 2941 minutes that Deeney clocked up. But yet again he will face the prospect of a new manager at the Hornets trying to make progress up the table next season, along with another batch of rookie Premier League team-mates.
Will Troy Deeney wave goodbye?
A Hornet that could be transformed into a Fox
Would Deeney be more effective in a side like Leicester City? He would be a team player and a good replacement if Leonardo Ulloa leaves. He would hold the ball up well and provide some variation on the now obvious long ball up to Jamie Vardy to run on to.
At 28, it could be the forward's last chance to move to another Premier League club, while still capable of offering some of his best years. The question is, should he push for it?