Watford do not need to entertain bids for the sought-after Troy Deeney and would only consider selling their inspirational captain if he agitated for a move and they had a replacement lined up.
Tottenham Hotspur are the latest club to be linked with a move for Watford’s totemic striker this week, following on from rumoured interest from Arsenal and Leicester City. Deeney has four years left on his Watford contract and only relocated his young family to Hertfordshire last summer.
“We have no desire to sell Troy or Odion,” chief executive Scott Duxbury told us last month. “If a situation arises where the player wants to go, are we going to lose sleep? No, because we’ll always find an alternative who can move the team forward. But we have no desire to sell Troy or Odion. And I don’t think we will.”
Duxbury is smart enough to never say never, as he knows a top six Premier League club could table a bid too tempting to turn down for a player who turns 28 this month and that the scouting network have a shortlist of five names for each position.
“No player is indispensable,” said Duxbury. “The question isn’t: ‘Who is leaving?’ The question is: ‘Who is coming in as a replacement?’ That will always be our philosophy.”
Unless Deeney pushes hard to leave, it is difficult to imagine Watford selling their captain this summer, particularly with a need for a degree of continuity this summer amid a change in head coach and backroom staff.
Scott Duxbury talks about the plans to bring in players in this week’s issue of WD Sport, which is out now.