Troy Deeney opens up on failed Tottenham Hotspur transfer
The Hornets star eventually stayed put and was not short of suitors from the Premier League. He is however not ready to play a backup role and believes he can still do a job as a starter.
“When you get into that mould of being a super sub you can’t go back.”
He was one of the key players for the Hornets in what was eventually an unsuccessful bid to stay in the Premier League.
It appeared that the 32-year-old would stay in the Premier League, with Spurs a possibility. Deeney has confirmed that interest from Spurs was genuine.
He was however keen to play regularly and decided to stay on at Vicarage Road. Given that Harry Kane is the undisputed striker at Spurs, Deeney’s sentiments are understandable.
“I’m 32. A lot of clubs were looking for a different style of striker as a back up.”
He would have had to play second fiddle to the English skipper and would have found opportunities hard to come by.
While Deeney is a decent striker, he is not a player who would have got fans buzzing. Spurs did not dwell on the Watford star and instead moved on to secure Carlos Vinicius from Benfica.
“There were a lot of talks. Some things materialised, some things didn’t. The ones that were getting closer you start thinking are you ready to go back to the Premier League to be a bit-part player.”
The Brazilian ace was the top scorer in last season’s Portuguese top-flight. Also given his age, he has the potential to be a long-term option for the club.
In many ways, while we understand Deeney’s line of thought, his decision to stay put has worked out well for all parties. He gets to play regularly for Watford while Spurs finally have a backup striker with a proven pedigree.
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Bringing in Vinicius helps settle what has been a problematic area for Spurs. With a heavy schedule on our hands, the prospect of playing Kane every week would have been akin to playing with fire.
With the issue now behind us, we can afford to rest Kane when needed without having to worry about a significant drop in quality.