There are many unique stories regarding footballer’s life have been written or told for us. One of the stories is about Troy Deeney. Foremost, have you seen Deeney plays on the pitch or even just heard about his name? Surely, not so many football fans around the world know how exactly Deeney is. But, assuming if the English Premier League represent your weekly agenda, so at least you once heard his name in the football news or highlight.
Troy Deeney isn’t a prolific goal-scorer or modern type of nowadays striker. Has not enough pace or wonder dribbling skills either. Like common old style English striker, Deeney is a player who has powerful advantages aerial duels and physical contact.
Troy Deeney was born on 29th June 1988 in Birmingham, West Midlands and he raised up in Chelmsley Wood. Then his football life began with Chelmsley Town, an amateur club in 2004 until 2006 as a youth player.
When Deeney played for local team Chelmsley Town, he was scouted by the league two clubs, Walsall and joined them in late 2006. Deeney then was 16 years old and finding himself in tough circumstances in an earlier professional career. However, he ended up with good performances and several goals in Walsall and earned a move to Championship club, Watford in 2010.
Troy Deeney has had a good early career at Watford. But, he usually deployed as a winger at the time, so he only scored few goals. However, since Sean Dyche took the manager role in the 2011/2012 season, Deeney had been positioned as forward and scored more goals than before.
Troy Deeney has relatively massive contributions since he joined the Hornets. After the retirement of Manuel Almunia since 2014/15, Troy Deeney was selected by manager Giuseppe Sannino to be the Hornets captain. Also in the first season under Deeney captaincy, Watford success to earned promotion into Premier League.
Deeney was the first Watford player who had scored more than 20 goals in three consecutive seasons (2012/13, 2013/14, and 2014/15). Moreover, he became the fifth player to reach 100 goals in Watford. The milestone happened in Boxing Day 2016 after the match against Crystal Palace.
Almost in every season, there was managerially changed in Watford, but Deeney remains as the first option in forwarding area and captains as well. Besides that, technically, he always matched with every forward partner in Watford. From Matej Vydra, Odion Ighalo, Richarlison, and currently Andy Gray.
A Swag Boy
Troy Deeney included in category what so-called “swag” by his attitudes. He grows up in the broken home family since he was 11. Might that childhood experience was affected Deeney’s attitude onward.
Deeney kicked out from school when he was 14, back it again at 15 and out again at 16. He was not so serious in education at all. He had stopped educational life until he reached 22 years old.
Troy Deeney nearly to joined Aston Villa youth rank when he 15, if he wasn’t deliberately missed out at the first three days of trial. The reason was just that he upbringing in Birmingham and hasn’t really interested to sign for the rival. He said better chasing a girl in park area rather than joined The Villans. Another his unreal story as a young man, once Deeney drunk while playing in a match, when accidentally Walsall scout was watching the game as well.
His swag attitude came out again when he rampaged against Walsall board in summer 2010. He wanted to move to the bigger club at the time, then he eventually joined Watford. However, the swagest thing did by Deeney was happened in June 2012, when he kicked a man in a brawl and later sentenced to three months in jail.
After that brawl, literally, Deeney almost never showed his swag attitude again unless two accidents. First was about “lack of cojones“ commented against Arsenal, and that famous double middle finger gesture after scoring a goal versus Chelsea in 2017/18 season.
The captain on and off the pitch
Troy Deeney grow up in the relatively poor family, his parents divorced and their environment near with criminal and gangster life. He might be dragged into that bad life series, but fortunately, his family and also football always there to help him out. Besides that, Deeney maturity also grows up gradually after he suffered the series of bad experiences in his life.
Deeney suffered the very hard times such as father died from cancer, his former Walsall teammate died in the ground, his grandparent died when he was at the jail. Not to mention for having a second child at the proceedings time. All those incidents had changed his life’s perspective. Now, he is a man of better personality.
That’s why Deeney took GCSE certification (at 22 years old, normally at 15 or 16 years old) just after being released from jail because he wants to be a good example for his kids educationally. Besides that, Deeney helped out his brother, Ellis to pay the bills for qualifying to be a personal trainer.
The Jamaican descent men also established a foundation which is used to help kids development in sports area such as give them football boots. It because Deeney once suffered a tough moment for having a boot when he was a kid. Accordingly, his tough life experiences had taught Deeney to be a better person.
There was rumour about Troy Deeney departure from Watford, almost in every transfer windows. But, fortunately, Pozzo family as the club owner always kept him. Although Deeney has swag and even temper attitude, it’s good to keep a player like him. The captain who plays with his dedication and spirit to the club.
From teenage with his swag attitude and once suffered jail sentences. Now, Troy Deeney is a captain and undoubtedly legend for English Premier League club, Watford. Deeney already enjoys challenges to compete with a bunch of the best player in the world and creates histories at the Hornets. He is the real captain either on and off the pitch.
Last but not least if you remember this:
“Almunia save again!!……
“Now here come Watford…….
(Written by Haris Chaebar)
*Additional source: Watford Observer, watfordfc.com, standard.co.uk and support football (youtube).
*Photo source: caughtoffside.com, dailymail/ianhodgson and reddit.