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Troy Deeney hopes likes of QPR will attract the attention so Watford can fly under the radar
The article below was published in Friday's Watford Observer and first promoted on the website last Thursday. Here is the interview in full.
Troy Deeney is one of those modern-day footballers who says what he thinks which usually results in a thoroughly entertaining interview. So when a national journalist foolishly asked the striker if he was “now ready” to lead the line following Matej Vydra’s departure, she was quickly put in her place.
“I felt I was the main man last year,” Deeney stated with confidence after Saturday’s 6-1 win over Bournemouth. “Matej scored a load of goals but he went through a three-month patch where he didn’t score and at times he wasn’t even playing whereas I consistently played and scored.
“That is not me being big headed, that is stating facts. I am the consistent one. Even though I might not score as many or look as good as other players when I score, I am consistently in the team.”
To the national journalists, last season was all about the unknown striker Vydra, Chelsea’s rising star Nathaniel Chalobah and all those loan players. It was as tedious for the local journalists as it must have been for Gianfranco Zola.
Vydra winning the Championship’s Player of the Year in March heightened it even further and the fact Deeney scored just two goals less than West Bromwich Albion’s new signing – and Almen Abdi was actually the Hornets’ Player of the Season – will have been lost on many outside of Hertfordshire.
It is a topic Deeney alluded to once more, this time with a little humour.
Deeney was speaking after he scored his first senior hat-trick and he joked: “You’re right, there were some nice finishes in there. If Matty had scored those then he would have flipping received Player of the Month and all that. So no pressure Sky.”
It was the first Hornets hat-trick since Michael Chopra netted three at Burnley in the 7-4 win in 2003 and the first at Vicarage Road since David Connolly against Ashford Town in the FA Cup second round in December 1996 – Kevin Phillips thought he had netted a trio later that season but one was changed to an own goal.
Deeney was eight at the time and said he was “probably climbing up trees and jumping on garages” the last time there was a Watford hat-trick.
The 25-year-old was addressing reporters while standing with the signed match ball under his arm.
He doesn’t usually keep his memorabilia, giving most away to friends, but these items have added significance and he plans to frame the ball, shirt and boots before they are placed in the spare room of the new family home he is building in Birmingham.
“They are a signal of all the work I put in during pre-season and it is a good reflection of how hard I worked,” he explained.
Deeney, who is also looking for a home close to the club’s training ground, was being watched by his four-year-old son Myles, who was not as optimistic as usual prior to kick-off.
“The little man told me I wouldn’t score today which was the first time ever as he usually wants me to score five or six, so I am going to give him some stick now,” Deeney said pitch side.
“He has about 15 footballs in the cupboard so he can leave this one alone. He will probably play with it on the way home but last time I got something signed he was signing on top of it so I will have to make sure there are no pens lying around. Otherwise we could have a few different signatures on there.”
The Birmingham-born striker worked hard during pre-season to lose weight and believes he is now reaping the benefits, with four goals in his first two games.
Centre back Gabriele Angella was also on two goals when Diego Fabbrini was bought down in the box during the final minute of Saturday’s match but Deeney was not in a giving mood.
“There was no chance anybody else would be taking that penalty,” he said.
“There were a few people trying to get the ball – even Diego asked for it which I don’t know what he was thinking – but as long as I am on the pitch I will be taking penalties.”
Deeney wants to beat last season’s tally but states he hasn’t set a target when it comes to goals.
As for the team, he confirmed the obvious; Watford want promotion this season, but he also stressed the importance of not getting carried away following the emphatic win over Bournemouth.
He said: “There is no point being in the game if you don’t want to win things and get promoted, so we are all definitely up for it.
“But we will take it easy and not give it the ‘we are going to win the league’ and all that nonsense. It is too early for that.”
On Watford having a more settled squad this year, due to the club concluding most of their transfer business early, Deeney added: “This time we can’t have any excuses now we are settled and ready to go. Hopefully we can get on with it and people will look at teams like QPR instead of us.
“Out of respect for what we did last year, people will put us up there. We have a good squad but we don’t have names like Charlie Austin coming in for millions of pounds because we are not that sort of team.
“But we are happy with our squad and we have great depth in the squad. Sean Murray scored two midweek and couldn’t get on the bench today so there is great depth and we really want to crack on and see what happens.
“Let everyone talk about QPR, Reading, Wigan. When we beat them it will soon change then. I’d take getting to April being second in the league and no one talking about us,” Deeney added.
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