Watford striker Troy Deeney says being in spotlight is key to good form

Troy Deeney of Watford reacts after scoring the first goal from the penalty spot during the Premier League match between Watford and Chelsea at Vicarage Road on February 5, 2018 in Watford,...

The Watford striker has finally spoken out after a season marred by controversy, but he claims he is just misunderstood...

Troy Deeney of Watford and Ainsley Maitland-Niles of Arsenal talk during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Watford at Emirates Stadium on March 11, 2018 in London, England.

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.

Troy Deeney of Watford reacts after the Premier League match between Watford and Chelsea at Vicarage Road on February 5, 2018 in Watford, England.

"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."

Joe Allen of Stoke City and Troy Deeney of Watford clash during the Premier League match between Watford and Stoke City at Vicarage Road on October 28, 2017 in Watford, England.

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."

Troy Deeney of Watford  is shown a red card by referee Michael Oliver during the Premier League match between Watford and Huddersfield Town at Vicarage Road on December 16, 2017 in Watford,...

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. 

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