Steve Bruce had been looking to add to his attacking options during the summer transfer window. That came after last season’s club-record signing Joelinton struggled in front of goal registering just two league goals last term. Newcastle eventually opted to bring in Callum Wilson from Bournemouth in a £20 million deal.
Magpies opted against move for experienced marksman
Deeney has been the subject of firm interest throughout the summer following Watford’s relegation from the Premier League. Both West Brom and Tottenham Hotspur had been amongst the clubs interested in the forward. While Newcastle also discussed the prospect of bringing him to St James’ Park, as per The Athletic.
The 32-year-old registered ten goals for a struggling Watford striker in the Premier League last term, despite suffering an injury layoff. Deeney also averaged 1.2 shots per game and created eight big chances, as per Sofascore. That shows he could still have had plenty to offer in the top-flight.
However, despite the interest in Deeney it now looks like he will stay with Watford and attempt to help them get back into the Premier League, as per The Athletic. Newcastle’s interest in the forward was never made concrete with Bruce managing to get his preferred target of Wilson through the door instead.
Deeney could have added different qualities to front line
The forward is very much a different kind of striker to Wilson. Deeney has the ability to link the play more than the 28-year-old, evidenced by him creating eight big chances last term. The forward’s form a few years ago had Alan Shearer labelling him as ‘outstanding’ and deserving of an England call-up, and he could have quite simply been a better version of Andy Carroll.
However, Wilson is much more of a natural finisher having already scored four goals in four league matches this term, as per Sofascore. Given the choice between the two Bruce made the right decision in going for a younger and more fox in the box type forward.
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