Report: Striker linked with move was backed by Pochettino to become a Spurs cult hero in 2016

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Mauricio Pochettino
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The Daily Mail reported last week that Tottenham were eyeing a move for Watford skipper Troy Deeney following the Hornets relegation to the Championship.

Deeney’s performances as well as his leadership qualities, have been a huge factor in Watford managing to establish themselves in the Premier League over the past few years.

However, with the club failing to preserve their top-flight status, they are reportedly planning on cashing in on the 32-year-old, who just has a year left to run on his contract at Vicarage Road.

It turns out it is not just Jose Mourinho who is a fan of Deeney but also his predecessor, Mauricio Pochettino, with the Argentine said to have attempted to bring the striker to Spurs back in 2016.

TBR Football have dug up a report from The Sun that was published four years ago in which it is claimed that the former Tottenham boss had identified the Watford star as the ideal strike partner for Harry Kane.

The report reveals that Pochettino liked the experienced striker’s work rate and believed that he could be a cult hero at Spurs.

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While Deeney is not a signing that is likely to get Tottenham fans excited, I believe he can potentially be a decent addition to the squad. He is more than good enough to perform a similar role to the one Llorente did for us.

The striker will serve as an excellent plan B to have on the bench and is the type of direct option Jose always has in his squads. I can also see a move to Spurs appealing to Deeney at this stage of his career as he does not seem to have the legs to play 90 mins every week.

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