Rumoured Spurs target describes himself as a Premier League player

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Dom Le Roy

Rumoured Tottenham Hotspur target Troy Deeney has described himself as still having what it takes to be a Premier League striker.

The Watford captain suffered an injury hit 2019/20 campaign which saw his appearances in the Premier League limited to 27 outings, where he found the back of the net on ten occasions (transfermarkt).

Deeney was linked with a move to Tottenham earlier this week with the 32-year-old said to be on the North London outfit’s radar (Daily Mail).

Tottenham struggled to cope without Harry Kane after the England captain tore his hamstring on New Year’s Day and their problems only got worse a matter of weeks later when Heung-min Son fractured his arm.

Mourinho admitted in January that he was keen to add another option to his front line but ended up empty handed (Evening Standard).

Despite Watford’s relegation to the Championship, Deeney still believes that he has the fitness and ability to mix it up in the top flight.

Deeney told The Sun: “I definitely still see myself as a Premier League striker.

“I scored double figures last season on one leg. Now I’m over my knee troubles. I’m back on two legs.

“I got ten in the league from 27 games, which was not a bad return. I know it includes penalties but Bruno Fernandes scores penalties as well at Man United.

“I’m not comparing myself to Fernandes but I’ve scored the opportunities presented to me.

“How many did Sebastien Haller get last year for West Ham? Six or seven. Or Joelinton for Newcastle? Two.

“Put it into context: these are £40million players and I only cost £300,000. My time’s not up.

“Physically or mentally, I wasn’t as fit as I needed to be last season but I learnt that I shouldn’t have pushed to play so many games and should have missed one to come back fitter for the next one.

“My character is ‘Get up and keep fighting’, unless I’ve been nailed to the ground.

“I missed over three months at the start of the season with the knee injury and I had a different knee problem at the end of the season.

“But it’s all cleared up now and I’m good to go. If we were playing tomorrow I’d be ready.”

The forward admits that his future with the Hornets is at a crossroads, he added: “Me and Watford have had a ten-year relationship which has been successful not just for me but for the club as a whole.

“I’m a big boy and if they decide they want to move in a younger direction, that’s part of life.

“We’re at a T-junction for both of us. Do they want to get rid of me? I think they would look at me and realise I can get them back up again — and I would back myself to do that — but there are finances and all sorts to work into that.

“They haven’t given me a definitive ‘You can go’ but I’ve seen plenty in the papers saying they wouldn’t mind me going. Even if it’s for a year on loan.

“I’m a Watford player until I’m told otherwise. I’m not one who’s going to be putting in transfer requests, or bashing the door down.”

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