Troy Deeney isn’t technically ‘one of our own’, in the way Harry Kane is for Tottenham, but he might as well be.
He’s certainly the player the fans can most identify with, except when he says he spent £4,700 on a pair of trainers he has never worn, of course. He’s the heartbeat of this club and nothing quite stirs the fans than the prospect of their hero being lured away. Our exclusive story this morning, confirming Leicester City followed up their interest in the Watford captain with a firm offer over the weekend, sparked a wide range of tweets. Here are a selection:
Leicester’s recruitment team will be well aware of Deeney’s stats this season.
They should take the money and run if this stat is anything to go by…
This Croxley-based business will be gutted to see him go as Troy or his wife, Stacey, regularly swing by to pick up some cake.
This fan wouldn’t begrudge him a move to the Premier League champions
This fan mischievously wondered if Leicester can do what folklore says AC Milan did in 1983 and sign the wrong Watford forward.
The Pozzo model is to sell a player when they reach their optimum value but Deeney is a special case. He is so much more than the chief assist maker, captain and scorer of 81 goals in the past four seasons.
It remains to be seen if the weekend’s bid, which was in the region of £15m, represented the Foxes’ opening offer and whether they will be back for more. Deeney has four years left on his deal and his value will at least have doubled since the club turned down offers for him in the summers of 2013 and 2014.