West Brom making a smart move targeting Troy Deeney

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis

The Watford striker is reportedly West Brom's top transfer target.

Watford's Troy Deeney celebrates scoring their first goal

Without the irrepressible force of Troy Deeney leading the line, Watford may not have earned a place in the Premier League in the first place, let alone established themselves as a solid mid-table outfit.

Whether he is worth a monstrous bid of £20 million, however, is another matter entirely. Yet, according to the Daily Mirror, West Brom could smash their transfer record to sign the uncapped Englishman in the summer with Tony Pulis making him his primary summer target.

On the face of it, Deeney and The Baggies appear a good fit. A hard-working forward excellent with his back to goal yet blessed with an emphatic finish, the 28-year-old is something of a throwback to the powerful centre-forwards of the early 2000s.

And, as he demonstrated in an orthodox and nostalgic front two alongside Odion Ighalo for Watford last season, Deeney can work effectively in a front two or leading the line on his own. Therefore, he would provide Pulis with options up top.

Yet, despite scoring 22 goals in his two Premier League seasons, you wonder whether West Brom missed a trick not signing Manolo Gabbiadini in January instead.

The Daily Mail reported that The Baggies were considering blowing their previous record fee for Nacer Chadli out of the water by offering £15 million for the Napoli misfit.

Southampton's Manolo Gabbiadini celebrates scoring their second goal

However, with the Italian netting six goals in five games for Southampton instead, including an instinctive brace in their EFL Cup final defeat to Manchester United, even the clubs towards the top of the Premier League table may be wondering why they didn’t take a chance on him.

Nonetheless, while Gabbiadini is a proven and natural-born finisher, Deeney still appears better suited to West Brom’s direct, physical style.

Watford's Troy Deeney celebrates scoring their first goal

Gabbiadini has thrived on the creativity and perfectly weighted delivers created by his technically gifted Southampton team-mates but West Brom are hardly blessed with the same level of subtlety in the final third.

Although Deeney may not be quite as glamourous as the as the Inzaghi-esque Italian, Pulis appears to be making the right call once again.

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