The Sunday press report under pressure Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is keeping close eyes on former Saddlers forward Troy Deeney. Now with Watford, the Birmingham City supporter started his football journey on the books with Aston Villa’s youth teams.
Released at the age of 15, Deeney joined Chemsley Town whilst training to be a construction worker. In December 2006 Walsall signed the youngster and immediately sent him out on loan to Halesowen Town where he would go on to score 8 goals in 10 games.
His early Walsall career saw him be deployed in other positions to his striker role, but this aided his development and when Chris Hutchings replaced Jimmy Mullen as manager Deeney finally added goals to his hardworking displays. Nine goals in Hutchings first twelve games in charge helped the player towards earning his Player of the Year award for 2009/10 and a season goals tally of 14.
After handing in a transfer request in August 2010, Deeney completed his move to Watford on the same day, with The Hornets one of many Championship clubs showing interest. Like at Walsall initially he was played out of a central striking role and during his first season he was deployed on the wing.
Last season Deeney was played in a central striking role under new manager Sean Dyche who replaced Malky MacKay. After the club sold Marvin Sordell to Bolton, Deeney finished the season as top scorer and won the Goal of the Season award for his strike against Ipswich Town, who had former manager Chris Hutchings on their managerial team.
In the summer Deeney was found guilty of affray and was sentenced to 10 months in prison but was released after 3 months thanks to good behaviour and showing remorse for his actions. He returned to Watford with another manager being in place Gianfranco Zola. Following his release Deeney has again hit goal trail with 12 in 23 appearances, heading towards his most successful season.
It is this form that has caught the eye of Villa manager Paul Lambert, who is sure to be in the market for a new striker in the summer. Regardless of if Aston Villa stay in the Premier League there is a massive doubt hanging over Darren Bent’s future at the club and Christian Benteke is attracting interest from Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool. Troy Deeney would match the style of signings Lambert has made at Villa to date.
Although Deeney was in the Aston Villa Academy until the age of 15, he is a Birmingham City supporter and has a Birmingham City crest tattoo on his leg, which he will surely have to keep covered up at all times if he was to make the move to Villa Park.