All posts tagged with: Troy Deeney

Premier League Season Preview 2018-19

Manchester City dominated the Premier League last season; their route to a third title in seven years being a mere procession. Elsewhere, Liverpool thrilled the neutrals, Arsene Wenger bowed out at Arsenal, Huddersfield and Brighton survived their first campaigns at this level in the modern era while Burnley attained European football. What’s in store for… Read more →

Watford Season Preview: ambition at Vicarage Road

Watford finished 17th last season with 40 points, five fewer than the previous year. There appears to be a mainstream viewpoint from non-Hornets that the club’s fans and owners should by definition be happy with mere survival. Supporter Bradley Hayden, from superb Golden Boys site The Watford Blog, challenges that assumption and discusses why change was… Read more →

A tale of two strikers at Vicarage Road

We saw two powerful centre-forwards on show in Watford’s 3-2 win over Everton at Vicarage Road. One was Romelu Lukaku, who netted both the away side’s goals. However, this blog would argue that the more impressive performer up top, despite finishing the match without a goal, was Troy Deeney for the home side. Lukaku was ruthless… Read more →

The West Ham View: woeful recruitment

Little has gone to plan for West Ham United. Last season, we saw Dimitri Payet light up the Boleyn Ground and the Hammers looked just two or three players away from becoming a Premier League force. Poor recruitment during a change of stadium has instead seen the team become weaker as some fans grow disillusioned with their club. What next?… Read more →

Unsung Hero of the Month: Jose Holebas

The wing-back role can be the most physically demanding in football, but at 32, Watford’s Jose Holebas has performed it admirably. As an attacking left-back, he didn’t quite see eye-to-eye with former manager Quique Sanchez Flores. The Spaniard employed a rigid 4-4-2, which limited the freedom of non-forwards and suited the cautious nature of then-loanee Nathan Ake,… Read more →

Boro v Watford: Amrabat to shine?

Middlesbrough have looked to be narrow and compact this season, but in the last month, this approach has left them vulnerable in wide areas. In the 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace, all 10 outfield players were generally grouped in the middle third of the pitch, close to the centre-circle (WhoScored). Zaha and Townsend took advantage of that… Read more →

Battling Burnley beat lifeless Watford

Burnley were without Andre Gray. They had just lost 3-0 at Leicester. They were playing a Watford side that had gained back-to-back wins. How would they cope? Superbly. In an industrious performance, two headers from Jeff Hendryck and Michael Keane saw the Clarets to a 2-0 win over a lacklustre Watford side. In the first half, the… Read more →