Burnley have been touted to sign Watford striker Troy Deeney in the summer transfer window.
According to Burnley Express, the Clarets have been installed as the favourites with some bookmakers to lure the 32-year-old away from Vicarage Road following the Hornets’ relegation from the Premier League. Tottenham, Aston Villa, Newcastle, Everton and West Ham also feature at short odds to sign the striker.
As per BBC, Deeney hinted after the final whistle of Watford’s fateful defeat to Arsenal last Sunday that he could have played his last game for the Hertfordshire club.
Deeney was unable to keep Watford in the top flight despite hitting 10 league goals this season for one of the least prolific teams in the division – only two clubs scored fewer than their 36 goals, with the veteran striker accounting for 27.78% of those.
The 2019/20 campaign was no fluke for the 32-year-old, either, as he has a proven track record of scoring at Premier League level. He has scored 47 times in the division over the past five seasons for the Hornets, peaking with 13 goals in 2015/16 and never scoring fewer than five in a single campaign at this level (as per TransferMarkt).
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Deeney’s total for the season just completed was four fewer than Burnley’s top scorer Chris Wood but higher than anyone else at Turf Moor, with Jay Rodriguez and Ashley Barnes the only other players to score more than two league goals for the Clarets in 2019/20 (as per premierleague.com).
The Watford marksman also has previous with Sean Dyche, who was his manager at the Hornets back in 2011/12, when the striker scored 12 times in 46 games under the current Burnley boss (0.26 goals per game). That rate is only slightly lower than Deeney’s career average of 0.3 per game, with 160 goals in his 528 career appearances.
Wood and Rodriguez scored 25 goals between them in all competitions this season, so Burnley already have potent options in attack. Aside from that duo, however, goals are at a premium from the rest of the Clarets’ squad.
Deeney may be 32 but he is a consistently proven scorer who has enjoyed yet another prolific campaign at Premier League level. His previous working relationship with Dyche could also help to swing a deal Burnley’s way and, given his goal record, he would likely be a tremendous addition at Turf Moor.
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