What a season it has been for club captain Troy Deeney and his Watford side, who find themselves seventh in the Premier league as we approach the Christmas period. The Hornets spectacularly defeated Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool 3-0 in their last game.
Any thoughts of possible relegation for the Hornets have quickly subsided as their fans are now optimistically aspiring for Europe after their recent impressive performances. Deeney himself has been a hugely influential figure for his side so far in 2015/16, scoring five goals.
Watford’s renaissance in the Premier League so far this season mirrors a personal career revival from their 27-year-old captain; the striker was in jail three years ago and now finds himself playing in England’s top flight.
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Life took a dark turn for Deeney
On 25 June, 2012, the Englishman was sentenced to ten months imprisonment for kicking a man in the head during a brawl. He was released after serving almost three months of the sentence, after showing remorse and due to the fact he was a first-time offender.
Watford showed complete loyalty towards Deeney during this difficult period and he re-joined the team for their home game against Bristol City on 22 September 2012.
The following week, he scored a match-winning penalty against Huddersfield Town and continued his goal scoring form throughout the year, ending with 19 goals for the 2012-13 season as Watford finished the season in third.
The comeback kid
A memorable moment in the Englishman’s career came in the Championship play-off semi-final against Leicester City in 2013, where he scored a spectacular volley in the 97th minute to send the Hornets into the final.
However, Deeney and his club suffered a heart-breaking 1-0 loss to Crystal Palace in the final, condemning themselves to another season of Championship football.
Narrowly missing out on Premier league football in 2013 seemed to further motivate Watford to push for promotion the following season.
Deeney played an instrumental role in the 2014-15 campaign for the Hornets as they finished second in the Championship, securing automatic promotion.
Following on from where he had left off the previous season, the striker played a crucial role in Watford’s path to the Premier league, scoring 21 league goals.
Premier League star
Now in the Premier League, the 27-year-old has formed an effective partnership with fellow striker Odion Ighalo. Together, they have scored a staggering 17 out of Watford’s 19 goals in the league this season.
Nigerian striker Ighalo has been all over the news recently for his clinical finishing, but it has been Deeney’s superb link up play that has presented him with so many chances.
Deeney and Ighalo terrorised the Liverpool defence in their last Premier league game and it is performances like this which show just how far the striker has come since those dark days of 2012.
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