Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka said he once tried to sign Troy Deeney, as he goes about the task of trying to stop the striker from improving on a run of three goals in his last four games.
“Troy Deeney is the kind of player that I like a lot,” the Boro boss said in his weekly news conference. “When I first came here we were trying to sign a striker and he was one of the first on the list. At that time it was impossible and the following season they got promoted, so… But he’s a player I really like. I would have liked to sign him but at the time we just didn’t have the money.”
Deeney scored home and away against Boro in the promotion-winning season, netting the equaliser at the Riverside and then the opener in the rousing win at Vicarage Road over Easter.
“I have suffered in the past and I know how good he is,” said Karanka. “If I remember the last game we played against them we were winning 1-0, we were much, much better than Watford and when Deeney went onto the pitch, everything changed. For that reason, the last memory was really good to analyse the game to know how good he is. But now he is in a better team with better organisation, better players, more quality, so for us he is even more dangerous.”