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Troy Deeney closing in on Watford goals landmark

Troy Deeney is just one goal away from becoming only the fifth player in the club’s storied history to score a century of goals.

Deeney scored his 99th on Saturday, drilling home a cutback from Nordin Amrabat for his third of the season and his 16th in the Premier League, moving him level with Odion Ighalo as the club’s top-scorer in the Premier League. However, Deeney has a bigger landmark in his sights: that of joining Cliff Holton, Ross Jenkins, Tommy Barnett and Luther Blissett as Watford centurions.

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“I would have had 100 if [it wasn’t for] the ref,” Troy Deeney joked in an interview with the club website. “Well I think I was born 20 years too late. That [the header from Roberto Pereyra’s chip] would have been a nice goal in Andy Gray’s days.  It doesn’t really matter about my goals as long as the team are improving and that we’re playing well.  But 99, hopefully I can get 100 and then keep going. I don’t really set targets, I just want to improve and play each week and try to keep my place in the team.”

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Deeney’s 99 goals have come in 271 appearances, with 93 coming in the bread and butter of the league

Watford’s all-time top-scorers:

Luther Blissett 186
(1975-84, 84-88 & 91-93)

Tommy Barnett 163
(1928-39)

Ross Jenkins 142
(1972-83)

Cliff Holton 105
(1958-61 & 65-66)

Troy Deeney 99
(2010-present)