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A FRESH start at the beginning of the 2012/13 season saw front-man Troy Deeney go from strength to strength, consolidating his starting place and contributing the highest goal tally of his career.
The powerhouse centre forward continued in the same vein at the beginning of 2013/14, netting five times in his first three games, including a hat-trick against AFC Bournemouth – the first treble for the Hornets in a decade.
A productive first half of the 2012/13 season saw the forward net 10 league goals before Christmas, including a run of six consecutive games on the score sheet over November and December, a match short of equalling Watford’s league record.
Deeney ended the campaign with 20 goals, a superb number only beaten by the Hornets' top marksman and Championship Player of the Year Matej Vydra, who found the net twice more.
Deeney finished the 2011/12 campaign with 12 goals from 31 starts, with most of his success coming after the £3m departure of Marvin Sordell to Bolton Wanderers at the end of the January transfer window.
Often deployed as a sub – and asked to perform a bustling wide midfield role – before Christmas that season, Deeney took up the mantle of Watford’s main target man to great effect, showing supporters why the club had paid an initial fee of £250,000 to Walsall for his services as season 2010/11 was about to begin.
He went on to make 40 appearances during his first Hornets season, although three goals from his 20 starts didn’t tell the full tale of a hard-working year of fast-tracked Championship learning and experience for Deeney.
The forward was plucked out of West Midlands non-league football by Walsall and went on to score 27 goals from just over 100 starts in three-and-a-half years with the Saddlers.
Joined from: Walsall (August 2010)
Debut: August 6, 2010 v Norwich City (a)