Troy Deeney hopes Sir Elton John might be able to follow up his congratulatory message on social media by making an appearance at Wembley for the FA Cup semi-final.
The rockstar, the club’s honorary life president, felt compelled to offer his best wishes on Instagram after Watford beat Arsenal in the FA Cup quarter-final on Sunday.
Deeney hopes the club’s former chairman can find time in his hectic schedule to cheer on his beloved team against Crystal Palace at the home of football later next month.
“It would be nice for him to turn up, to be fair to him,” said Deeney on talkSPORT. “He’s been around for the dark days and deserves to be enjoying it now.”
Elton was at the play-off final with Palace in 2013 and was most recently at Vicarage Road in December 2014 when he helped officially open the stand at Vicarage Road named after him. He called Deeney after his first Premier League goal, against Stoke, and must marvel how the team have kicked on this season under Quique Sanchez Flores.
“We’re in the semi-final of the FA Cup and have 37 points with nine games left,” said Deeney. “It’s a great first season back in the big time. Everyone from kit man to the top deserves a lot of credit.”
In a touching moment, the whole of the backroom staff celebrated on the pitch at the Emirates on Sunday after Watford knocked out the cup-winners of the past two seasons on their own turf. A last-four date with Palace now awaits, with Everton, West Ham United or Manchester United awaiting the winner.
“The clubs left in it now are desperate to win it,” said Deeney. “The fans will be up for it and it should be a fantastic atmosphere for the two games. We will be well up for the games. Everyone [in the semi-final] deserves to be there. The fans will be buzzing.”
Adlene Guedioura certainly is, after landing the draw he wanted against his former club.