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Will Troy Deeney be playing for Leeds United next season?

Watford captain rumored to be on the move

Watford v Manchester City - Premier League Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Troy Deeney is reportedly available from Watford FC after falling out with former manager Walter Mazzarrii. Deeney, despite being the captain of the team, was on the bench for the final game of the season where Watford was pummeled 5-nil by Manchester City.

With his future up in the air at Watford, it is rumored that Deeney could be on his way out of the club, with both Birmingham City FC and Leeds United both linked with the player. SkyBet has even suspended betting on the striker going to Leeds and Birmingham, with West Bromwich Albion, Newcastle, and Leicester City also favorites among the punters.

While it would be slightly unthinkable for Deeney to move on from Watford, he could have decided that his time was up for the Hornets. Deeney has been a club icon at his time at Watford after his move from Walsall in 2010. He has scored over 100 league goals at his time at Vicarage Road, and was named captain of the squad before the 2014-15 campaign.

Deeney has not been as prolific in the Premier League has he was in the Championship. He scored over 20 goals for Watford during the club’s time in the second division of English football three times, despite only scoring 10 goals for Watford this past season. With Watford finishing the season poorly and in 17th place, only a few points away from the drop, a new manager will want to bring in fresh players. Perhaps Deeney could do with a change of pace.

The only stumbling blocks, of course, would be the transfer fee and potential wage that Deeney would be on. While a price tag of £20 million, the rumored price West Brom were willing to pay in April, isn’t a ton for a Premier League club, it is an extremely steep price for a Championship club to spend on player. His wages would also be a stumbling block, as the wage structure for a club outside of the Premier League is massively different. However, where there is a will, there is usually a way. I’m sure a creative contract with promotion bonuses could be worked out between the player and the club.