The Watford striker has finally spoken out after a season marred by controversy, but he claims he is just misunderstood…
Be it an altercation with Joe Allen, being sent off against Huddersfield for a reckless challenge, or his controversial celebration against Chelsea, Troy Deeney has had an eventful campaign.
But despite still facing criticism for his actions, the 29-year-old is not dwelling on it. Indeed, he claims constantly being in the spotlight is key to getting the best out of his own game.
Quoted in the Watford Observer, he said: “It’s just me. I don’t mean that in a flippant way. I’m not perfect, I’ll always make mistakes.
“Everyone who is close enough sees I am regretful, I’m not stupid and naïve. Also, I won’t come out and apologise for being myself.
“That’s just the way I am and if I play with a little bit of niceness, it takes about 20 per cent away from my game.”
Perhaps the most bizarre Deeney moment was his inexplicable middle-fingered salute to Chelsea fans having netted in the Hornets’ 4-1 defeat at Vicarage Road in February.
He avoided a FA charge which could have seen him banned for four games, having already missed seven matches this season for other indiscretions.
But Deeney has revealed that there was a lot more to his offensive celebration; he just will not tell anyone what that is.
He added: “The Chelsea thing, well actually there is a lot more into that which I can’t say. If you press buttons and say certain things, nine times out of ten I’ll let it go. The one time I don’t, you’re going to get a reaction.”
Deeney has had a new lease of life at Watford since the arrival of new manager Javi Gracia. Previously under Marco Silva, a run of games was hard to come by.
But since former Malaga boss Gracia’s arrival in mid-January, the one-time Walsall man has had an upturn in form, adding three goals to his tally already as he once again became the main man.