According to reports, West Bromwich Albion are set to break their transfer record to sign Watford captain and striker, Troy Deeney. The Baggies are ready to spend £20 million on the forward with the owners ready to accept Tony Pulis’ demands of his favoured signing in the summer.
Leicester failed with a bid of £15 million-plus offer last summer but after a brilliant season, West Bromwich Albion believes that they are well equipped to lure Deeney away from Vicarage Road.
West Brom are going into the summer with a stellar league campaign which is going to end with a record points tally for the Midlands side in the Premier League era. This will call for a huge investment from the Baggies’ ownership to maintain their place in the top ten of the league table. A move for Troy Deeney seems to be a step in the right direction as the striker is someone who could suit a Pulis managed side.
What will Deeney add to the team?
Deeney is a robust and traditional no.9, a particular specimen who are not found easily in the modern day football. The Watford captain has a strong physical presence and is brilliant in the air. He runs for lost causes and has a work rate to die for. If there’s one striker who could fit perfectly in West Brom’s physical style of play under Pulis, it is Deeney.
More than his style of play, it his leadership qualities that set him apart from the players of his ilk. For the people of Watford, Deeney was the kind of inspiration which saw them get promoted two seasons back and the player who shone for them in their first campaign in the top flight.
His team ethics and leadership skills are often praised with the Birmingham-born player forming a deep connection with the fans. West Brom need a player who can be easily associated with the fans and Deeney is the player who can do that. He has been a fan favourite wherever he has played.
Deeney also has the experience of playing as a sole striker and along with a partner to spearhead the attack. Pulis has tended to use a number of systems in his time with the Baggies and Deeney can be utilised as the sole striker and the focal point of a 4-2-3-1 formation or even in a 4-4-2, partnering Solomon Rondon as he did with Odion Ighalo at Watford.
All in all, West Bromwich Albion will sign an all-round striker in Deeney who can score goals throughout the season and perform at 110% in every game for the team and for the supporters. Each team needs a Troy Deeney to become successful in any division.