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Deeney is not the man to fire Burnley to the next level

Deeney is not the man to fire Burnley to the next level

According to ESPN, Burnley have tabled a £9 million bid for Watford’s Troy Deeney.

Burnley are yet to make a signing this summer, but that could soon change if this deal for the Watford striker gets over the line.

Deeney is something of a hero amongst Watford fans, having lead the line at Vicarage Road since 2010. The 30-year-old was a vital figure in the club’s promotion campaign of 2014/15 and is the current club captain. 

However, last season, Deeney struggled in front of goal, and his ability to play up front week in week out in the Premier League must now be questioned.

Watford would do well to move Deeney on this summer whilst he still retains some value and should take the opportunity to upgrade their strike force. 

Burnley should avoid signing Deeney at all costs.

The Breakdown

The Clarets would be smart to add to their forward contingent during this transfer window. However, they would be better served by pursuing a more prolific target than Deeney.

Last season, the Hornets’ forward netted only 5 times in the Premier League, 3 of which were penalties, across 29 appearances. 

Beyond that, Deeney is a striker in the physical target man mould. There are already plenty of those kinds of attackers in residence at Turf Moor. The addition of a pacy, tricky, more technical forward would add more variance to the ranks at Sean Dyche’s disposal.

Burnley should think twice about their pursuit of Deeney and turn their attentions instead to some of the more promising targets on the market. 

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