Deeney: “On Monday He’s The Enemy”
Watford captain Troy Deeney has been speaking about the prospect of facing an Everton side that contains former teammate Richarlison at Goodison Park on Monday night.
And, while the striker says it’s good to see the Brazilian winger doing so well, on Monday night he will be the “enemy”.
“I wasn’t disappointed [when he left] because you can understand it,” said Deeney. “Business-wise it was a no-brainer for the money.
“You can see his potential daily, his enthusiasm for football is up there and he’s now getting the national team looking at him.
“But, I don’t want to talk him up too much because I’m going to have to smash him on Monday!
“On Monday he’s the enemy.”
Watford’s first campaign in the top-flight under the current ownership began with a sunshine-filled trip to face the Toffees - it won't be quite like that on Monday night.
But, the Hornets claimed their first point of the season there. Deeney says it’s somewhere he always likes to play because of the memories it brings back of that day - and hopefully the Golden Boys can leave Liverpool with a point or more from the game.
“I made my Premier League debut there in a 2-2 draw,” said the forward. “I have fond memories and it’s a nice moment to reflect on.
“I like Everton, they have an old stadium and the fans are right on top of you. I enjoy it and it’s a good time to be up there.
“I thrive off of that energy and I enjoy it.
“We know when we get there it will be hostile, they’ll give us grief and we expect that, we know what’s coming.
“It’s a great place to play football under the lights on a Monday night.”