Watford striker Troy Deeney has explained how close he came to returning to the Premier League this summer as he was linked with a potential move to West Brom.
Deeney was also linked with a transfer to Tottenham but a move failed to materialise as he remains a Watford player.
Speaking to TalkSPORT, the 32-year-old said he didn’t want to sign for a Premier League club if he was going to be a ‘bit-part player’.
🗣 “There were a lot of talks, some things materialised & some didn’t.”
🤔 “You think ‘Are you ready to go back to the PL to be a bit-part player?’”
👀 “I saw José at the Spurs preseason game, that’s all I’ll say.”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) October 21, 2020
Deeney said: “So there were a lot of talks, some things materialised, some things didn’t and the ones that were getting closer, you start thinking ‘are you ready to go back to the Premier League to be a bit-part player?”
Deeney seemingly didn’t want to leave Watford if he wasn’t guaranteed first-team minutes. But that seems to be his situation at his current club, as he has only made one appearance this season, playing just one minute in Watford’s 1-0 win over Luton.
Instead of Deeney, the Baggies signed Karlan Grant from Huddersfield Town. While the Watford man does have more top-flight experience than Grant, the new Albion signing is only 23 and has a long future ahead of him, representing a better outlay of funds for the club.
Grant made his Baggies debut in his new side’s 0-0 draw with Burnley last Monday. He looked bright and even had the ball in the net at one stage, but he had just strayed offside as he headed Grady Dianagana’s cross past Nick Pope in the Clarets’ net.
Grant will be looking to break his Albion duck when the Baggies take on Brighton on Monday night as his new side are still searching for their first Premier League win of the season.
In other West Brom news, a report has detailed how much Albion’s squad is worth compared to their Premier League rivals.