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Troy Deeney on Javi Gracia, his legacy and the Heavy Weight Champion of the World

 Published on: 28th March 2018   |   By: Noah Abrahams   |   Category: Watford FC

After an international break and with Bournemouth coming up on Saturday, Troy Deeney seemed composed and relaxed as he spoke to press this afternoon.

He said that “it’s been nice to mentally switch off. Obviously, we had the highs of Everton and West Brom (games in which Deeney scored the only goal) which were massively important games in our season.

They meant that we can stop looking over our shoulder to an extent. The international break has come at a good time for once, we can refresh, forget about football and get the hard work in.”

On the Liverpool defeat, the Hornets most recent Premier League game, the Watford captain admitted that the team “always knew that Arsenal and Liverpool were going to be free hits. It was a tough one to take because we just got battered. The better team on the day beat us and sometimes you just have to hold your hands up, admit it and move on”.

Having played in every league game since the arrival of Javi Gracia as Hornets boss, the striker could only speak highly of his new manager, saying that “having someone that has come in and has said “you’re going to lead the line for me” has been nice, but then it’s also been a case of actually getting my fitness back.”

In response to a question relating to his game time under Gracia compared to under previous manager Marco Silver, Deeney replied “believe it or not, I enjoyed working under Marco.

We had a mutual respect, obviously I didn’t play as much as I would have liked to have played, but it was never a case of me not liking him.

I have always said that he was very good at his job, he created something here and if he stayed longer, he could have been very beneficial moving forward. It wasn’t to be. Managers come and go.”

Having only a few weeks ago made his 300th league appearance for the club, talk moved on to life after football. Troy Deeney has a status attached to him like no other Hornet at the club and on reflection said that “my legacy will be interesting.

Since I joined, we have gone from finishing 15th in the Championship to 11th in the Premier League. I have been a huge part of that. I am still playing and I have no intention of leaving any time soon. Let’s see how big we can grow this club”.

Away from football, it is well-known that Deeney is good friends with Heavy Weight Champion of the World Anthony Joshua and ahead of the unification fight against Joseph Parker on Saturday he said that “AJ is a genuinely good guy, a nice man.

He’s got the world at his feet and a lot of pressure on his shoulders. I expect him to win. There are two people in the world that could cause him real problems and eventually stop him. Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.”

After an international break and with Bournemouth coming up on Saturday, Troy Deeney seemed composed and relaxed as he spoke to press this afternoon.

He said that “it’s been nice to mentally switch off. Obviously, we had the highs of Everton and West Brom (games in which Deeney scored the only goal) which were massively important games in our season.

They meant that we can stop looking over our shoulder to an extent. The international break has come at a good time for once, we can refresh, forget about football and get the hard work in.”

On the Liverpool defeat, the Hornets most recent Premier League game, the Watford captain admitted that the team “always knew that Arsenal and Liverpool were going to be free hits. It was a tough one to take because we just got battered. The better team on the day beat us and sometimes you just have to hold your hands up, admit it and move on”.

Having played in every league game since the arrival of Javi Gracia as Hornets boss, the striker could only speak highly of his new manager, saying that “having someone that has come in and has said “you’re going to lead the line for me” has been nice, but then it’s also been a case of actually getting my fitness back.”

In response to a question relating to his game time under Gracia compared to under previous manager Marco Silver, Deeney replied “believe it or not, I enjoyed working under Marco.

We had a mutual respect, obviously I didn’t play as much as I would have liked to have played, but it was never a case of me not liking him.

I have always said that he was very good at his job, he created something here and if he stayed longer, he could have been very beneficial moving forward. It wasn’t to be. Managers come and go.”

Having only a few weeks ago made his 300th league appearance for the club, talk moved on to life after football. Troy Deeney has a status attached to him like no other Hornet at the club and on reflection said that “my legacy will be interesting.

Since I joined, we have gone from finishing 15th in the Championship to 11th in the Premier League. I have been a huge part of that. I am still playing and I have no intention of leaving any time soon. Let’s see how big we can grow this club”.

Away from football, it is well-known that Deeney is good friends with Heavy Weight Champion of the World Anthony Joshua and ahead of the unification fight against Joseph Parker on Saturday he said that “AJ is a genuinely good guy, a nice man.

He’s got the world at his feet and a lot of pressure on his shoulders. I expect him to win. There are two people in the world that could cause him real problems and eventually stop him. Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.”

Picture Courtesy of Alan Cozzi 

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