Watford striker Troy Deeney has gone back to 'the big physical me now'

Watford Observer: Watford striker Troy Deeney with Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson, who had just been sent off. Picture: Dave Peters. Watford striker Troy Deeney with Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson, who had just been sent off. Picture: Dave Peters.

Troy Deeney is always honest and outspoken; even when it comes to his own form. Watford’s top scorer accepts he was “trying to be a player” during a bad run of form earlier this season but believes he is now back to the old “big physical me now”.

Deeney has scored 14 goals already this season but at times has found it difficult to make an impact in a Watford team who have struggled to create chances.

Last season the 25-year-old was part of a potent Hornets strike force who scored 50 goals between the three of them, with Matej Vydra netting 22 and Fernando Forestieri another eight.

However, goals have been harder to come by for the Hornets this campaign and they have only scored 44 compared to 60 at this stage of last season.

Deeney was asked if he was pleased with his own form after Saturday’s 1-0 win over Middlesbrough.

“Yes and no,” he replied. “I started off well but then went through a bad patch. It’s starting to level out again now but I’m more interested in the performances.

“The goals are nice but I am starting to get back to the big physical me now and not trying to be ‘a player’, shall we say.”

This season Deeney has come under more scrutiny from sections of the fans and media.

But he accepts: “That is part and parcel of being the main man that people look to for goals. If the team isn’t scoring then that’s my fault and if the team isn’t winning that’s my fault because I’m not scoring.

“If the team is winning, it’s also my fault. You’ve got to take the bad with the smooth but I’m not really bothered what people say. As long as my performances are getting the respect of the players and manager then everyone else doesn’t really matter to be honest.

“They [the squad and Sannino] are the people I work with every day and see every day and I have their respect. So if they rate me then I am doing my job.” Deeney was once again captain at the weekend in the absence of Manuel Almunia. It is a role he relishes and one he appreciates.

He said: “It is a massive responsibility not just for the day. You have thousands of people who attend and you are representing the club and leading from the front.

“The boss has seen something in training or how I carry myself that he likes so it is a nice honour. I don’t like losing so being captain means I made sure we didn’t lose [against Middlesbrough].”

Like his own form, Deeney also accepts Watford have not been firing on all cylinders this season despite a five-game unbeaten run.

“Let’s not go and say it was the complete performance, we haven’t had one of those yet,” Deeney admitted.

“I don’t think we have had a complete performance across 90 minutes. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very difficult to press and do what he wants us to do for 90 minutes.

“We have been doing it for 60 or 70 minutes and then have fallen away and made silly errors.

“We want to get that complete performance. If you can do it for 80 or 85 minutes and end up two or three goals ahead then you more or less see the job through.”

Deeney rejected the suggestion that Watford’s more defensive approach in recent months is because they have an Italian head coach.

The striker was also keen to stress that the team remain in a “transitional period”.

He said: “Gianfranco Zola was Italian so it is just his [Sannino’s] personal preference not to concede many goals and then hit the opposition on the counter attack.

“We need that mix a little bit as we are dropping a bit too much and taking his words too literally.

“I know he wants us to drop deep but that doesn’t mean we don’t come forward at all. We are in a transitional period at the moment, we held out today [against Middlesbrough] but against Leicester we didn’t.”

He continued: “We had a whole 18 months and pre-season designed on being attacking. The manager has been here two months and you can’t change 18 month’s work that quickly, it’s impossible.

“He is trying to though and the lads are really responding. We are showing good signs but there is still a long way to go.”

The head coach is an animated character on the sidelines and his passion is clear to see.

Deeney confirmed Sannino has been known to lose his temper at times but he is far from erratic.

Deeney said: “He is very respectful but at the same time you don’t want to cross him. You can have a laugh and a joke but when it is work time, it is work time.

“For me that is perfect because you can be complacent and start games sloppily. If you do that then you can be 2-0 down before you know it and then have to go all-out attack. But he has come in and gives you a kick up the backside before you go out.”

He added: “Despite the language barrier, you know when someone is shouting in a nice way or if someone is shouting in a bad way. When the boss goes off on one you know you’re in trouble.

“But he doesn’t go off on one for any reason, you will know what you’ve done. He could’ve gone off after the first half [against Boro] but was really reserved and said what needed to change.”

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10:24am Fri 21 Feb 14

VOReason says...

That alone was central to our season coming off the rails ...

Cost us promotion last season v Leeds,

His attitude and workrate when Zola/ team struggled this year this year cost us any hope of pulling clear before it was too late

Admire his workrate when he us switched on but I do not like his attitude!
That alone was central to our season coming off the rails ... Cost us promotion last season v Leeds, His attitude and workrate when Zola/ team struggled this year this year cost us any hope of pulling clear before it was too late Admire his workrate when he us switched on but I do not like his attitude! VOReason
  • Score: -42

11:56am Fri 21 Feb 14

Bush Hornet says...

Deeney is honest and he knows what he's had to do to make himself a better player. He has responded to Sannino and it's nice to hear him talk about the team rather than his own personal goals tally. He is a leader and when he's got the right attitude he is a brilliant personality for the team. He's like everyone...still learning. Zola helped him technically but now Beppe's come in and kicked him up the arse. It's all good.
Deeney is honest and he knows what he's had to do to make himself a better player. He has responded to Sannino and it's nice to hear him talk about the team rather than his own personal goals tally. He is a leader and when he's got the right attitude he is a brilliant personality for the team. He's like everyone...still learning. Zola helped him technically but now Beppe's come in and kicked him up the arse. It's all good. Bush Hornet
  • Score: 15

11:59am Fri 21 Feb 14

miked2006 says...

Deeneys workrate is central to our teams success, and he has clearly upped it recently. Fair play to admitting to his form, and well done for addressing it with some big home performances over the last week.
Deeneys workrate is central to our teams success, and he has clearly upped it recently. Fair play to admitting to his form, and well done for addressing it with some big home performances over the last week. miked2006
  • Score: 14

12:04pm Fri 21 Feb 14

not a regular says...

VOReason wrote:
That alone was central to our season coming off the rails ... Cost us promotion last season v Leeds, His attitude and workrate when Zola/ team struggled this year this year cost us any hope of pulling clear before it was too late Admire his workrate when he us switched on but I do not like his attitude!
He'd made great strides last year with Abdi behind him and Vydra in front. All of a sudden he finds himself with no service and no partner. The amount of stick he got was completely unjustified.

If you'd watched his performances off the ball rather than just on it, you'd have seen he was making forward runs off the shoulder but that through ball never came and he spent his entire game getting back onside, and that was due to the likes of McGugan, Iriney etc slowing the game down and opting to pass backwards instead.
[quote][p][bold]VOReason[/bold] wrote: That alone was central to our season coming off the rails ... Cost us promotion last season v Leeds, His attitude and workrate when Zola/ team struggled this year this year cost us any hope of pulling clear before it was too late Admire his workrate when he us switched on but I do not like his attitude![/p][/quote]He'd made great strides last year with Abdi behind him and Vydra in front. All of a sudden he finds himself with no service and no partner. The amount of stick he got was completely unjustified. If you'd watched his performances off the ball rather than just on it, you'd have seen he was making forward runs off the shoulder but that through ball never came and he spent his entire game getting back onside, and that was due to the likes of McGugan, Iriney etc slowing the game down and opting to pass backwards instead. not a regular
  • Score: 20

12:07pm Fri 21 Feb 14

VOReason says...

He is admitting he stopped working because he felt he was main man and didn't have to ...

Suddenly we sign a bigger stronger more experienced target man and he starts running again.

Don't alienate me on this, many posters called for him to be dropped or even sold!
He is admitting he stopped working because he felt he was main man and didn't have to ... Suddenly we sign a bigger stronger more experienced target man and he starts running again. Don't alienate me on this, many posters called for him to be dropped or even sold! VOReason
  • Score: -8

12:34pm Fri 21 Feb 14

VOReason says...

not a regular wrote:
VOReason wrote:
That alone was central to our season coming off the rails ... Cost us promotion last season v Leeds, His attitude and workrate when Zola/ team struggled this year this year cost us any hope of pulling clear before it was too late Admire his workrate when he us switched on but I do not like his attitude!
He'd made great strides last year with Abdi behind him and Vydra in front. All of a sudden he finds himself with no service and no partner. The amount of stick he got was completely unjustified.

If you'd watched his performances off the ball rather than just on it, you'd have seen he was making forward runs off the shoulder but that through ball never came and he spent his entire game getting back onside, and that was due to the likes of McGugan, Iriney etc slowing the game down and opting to pass backwards instead.
He stopped running, felt he did not have to ...

Gave interviews saying he was main man not vydra last season

Did you go to Blackburn away? Angella had more impact up front in injury time than Deeney in 90

You are disagreeing with deeneys own words, he is admitting he got lazy wasn't running
[quote][p][bold]not a regular[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VOReason[/bold] wrote: That alone was central to our season coming off the rails ... Cost us promotion last season v Leeds, His attitude and workrate when Zola/ team struggled this year this year cost us any hope of pulling clear before it was too late Admire his workrate when he us switched on but I do not like his attitude![/p][/quote]He'd made great strides last year with Abdi behind him and Vydra in front. All of a sudden he finds himself with no service and no partner. The amount of stick he got was completely unjustified. If you'd watched his performances off the ball rather than just on it, you'd have seen he was making forward runs off the shoulder but that through ball never came and he spent his entire game getting back onside, and that was due to the likes of McGugan, Iriney etc slowing the game down and opting to pass backwards instead.[/p][/quote]He stopped running, felt he did not have to ... Gave interviews saying he was main man not vydra last season Did you go to Blackburn away? Angella had more impact up front in injury time than Deeney in 90 You are disagreeing with deeneys own words, he is admitting he got lazy wasn't running VOReason
  • Score: -8

2:42pm Fri 21 Feb 14

LoveKeithDublin says...

VOReason wrote:
not a regular wrote:
VOReason wrote:
That alone was central to our season coming off the rails ... Cost us promotion last season v Leeds, His attitude and workrate when Zola/ team struggled this year this year cost us any hope of pulling clear before it was too late Admire his workrate when he us switched on but I do not like his attitude!
He'd made great strides last year with Abdi behind him and Vydra in front. All of a sudden he finds himself with no service and no partner. The amount of stick he got was completely unjustified.

If you'd watched his performances off the ball rather than just on it, you'd have seen he was making forward runs off the shoulder but that through ball never came and he spent his entire game getting back onside, and that was due to the likes of McGugan, Iriney etc slowing the game down and opting to pass backwards instead.
He stopped running, felt he did not have to ...

Gave interviews saying he was main man not vydra last season

Did you go to Blackburn away? Angella had more impact up front in injury time than Deeney in 90

You are disagreeing with deeneys own words, he is admitting he got lazy wasn't running
I'm definitely coming round to Deeney, but would question the 'big physical me' tag until he starts to win a few headers! He doesn't really seem to leave the ground, preferring to back into the defender who wins the header each time. He did have a blinder last week vs Boro though, so hopefully more of the same to come.
[quote][p][bold]VOReason[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]not a regular[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VOReason[/bold] wrote: That alone was central to our season coming off the rails ... Cost us promotion last season v Leeds, His attitude and workrate when Zola/ team struggled this year this year cost us any hope of pulling clear before it was too late Admire his workrate when he us switched on but I do not like his attitude![/p][/quote]He'd made great strides last year with Abdi behind him and Vydra in front. All of a sudden he finds himself with no service and no partner. The amount of stick he got was completely unjustified. If you'd watched his performances off the ball rather than just on it, you'd have seen he was making forward runs off the shoulder but that through ball never came and he spent his entire game getting back onside, and that was due to the likes of McGugan, Iriney etc slowing the game down and opting to pass backwards instead.[/p][/quote]He stopped running, felt he did not have to ... Gave interviews saying he was main man not vydra last season Did you go to Blackburn away? Angella had more impact up front in injury time than Deeney in 90 You are disagreeing with deeneys own words, he is admitting he got lazy wasn't running[/p][/quote]I'm definitely coming round to Deeney, but would question the 'big physical me' tag until he starts to win a few headers! He doesn't really seem to leave the ground, preferring to back into the defender who wins the header each time. He did have a blinder last week vs Boro though, so hopefully more of the same to come. LoveKeithDublin
  • Score: 5

3:57pm Fri 21 Feb 14

andyhooked says...

As for work rate I have nothing but praise for Troy. Runs his heart out and whilst not the most clinical of finishers he hits a quota. He needs someone up there with him with FF playing behind a two and FF breaking into create chances fand mayhem from a wee bit deeper.
As for work rate I have nothing but praise for Troy. Runs his heart out and whilst not the most clinical of finishers he hits a quota. He needs someone up there with him with FF playing behind a two and FF breaking into create chances fand mayhem from a wee bit deeper. andyhooked
  • Score: 1

4:53pm Fri 21 Feb 14

VOReason says...

andyhooked wrote:
As for work rate I have nothing but praise for Troy. Runs his heart out and whilst not the most clinical of finishers he hits a quota. He needs someone up there with him with FF playing behind a two and FF breaking into create chances fand mayhem from a wee bit deeper.
Work rate under dyche, workrate last season and since Xmas has been second to none.

September - December it was awful, our season unravelled and everyone's 2nd favourite Watford manager lost his job

#justsaying
[quote][p][bold]andyhooked[/bold] wrote: As for work rate I have nothing but praise for Troy. Runs his heart out and whilst not the most clinical of finishers he hits a quota. He needs someone up there with him with FF playing behind a two and FF breaking into create chances fand mayhem from a wee bit deeper.[/p][/quote]Work rate under dyche, workrate last season and since Xmas has been second to none. September - December it was awful, our season unravelled and everyone's 2nd favourite Watford manager lost his job #justsaying VOReason
  • Score: 5

5:04pm Fri 21 Feb 14

andyhooked says...

andyhooked wrote:
As for work rate I have nothing but praise for Troy. Runs his heart out and whilst not the most clinical of finishers he hits a quota. He needs someone up there with him with FF playing behind a two and FF breaking into create chances fand mayhem from a wee bit deeper.
Work rate under dyche, workrate last season and since Xmas has been second to none.

September - December it was awful, our season unravelled and everyone's 2nd favourite Watford manager lost his job

Now you hit my sore point! We do not seem to have players as fit as they used to be but if you feel that Troy has dipped on occasions so has FF but FF is a guy that runs all over the place and I guees that it takes its toll. GT used do say that there was no excuse for soft tissue injuries. Just a question? Is everyone as fit as the should be and are the backroom guys over protactive? Abdi obviously had a serious injury and so did Hoban. I just have concerns about the general fitness levels. How is it that Manu as a goalie has calf strains?
andyhooked wrote: As for work rate I have nothing but praise for Troy. Runs his heart out and whilst not the most clinical of finishers he hits a quota. He needs someone up there with him with FF playing behind a two and FF breaking into create chances fand mayhem from a wee bit deeper. Work rate under dyche, workrate last season and since Xmas has been second to none. September - December it was awful, our season unravelled and everyone's 2nd favourite Watford manager lost his job Now you hit my sore point! We do not seem to have players as fit as they used to be but if you feel that Troy has dipped on occasions so has FF but FF is a guy that runs all over the place and I guees that it takes its toll. GT used do say that there was no excuse for soft tissue injuries. Just a question? Is everyone as fit as the should be and are the backroom guys over protactive? Abdi obviously had a serious injury and so did Hoban. I just have concerns about the general fitness levels. How is it that Manu as a goalie has calf strains? andyhooked
  • Score: 2

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