Troy Deeney was something of a scapegoat today. Deserved or not? His fault or somebody else’s?
SO TODAY wasn`t good was it? At all. It took far too long to get in the game, we scarcely looked like scoring and far too many players had off days. Furthermore the team selection was bizarre.
I can see the logic in giving Gilmartin a run out, even if it was his error that cost us the goal. It was good for Lee Hodson, however poor he was, to get a run out. However Stephen McGinn and Piero Mingoia in the centre of midfield was a disaster waiting to happen. No steel meant they were overrun and never got a foothold in the game. The most baffling selection though was the continued use of Troy Deeney as a midfielder.
Troy Deeney is a striker and a right-footed one at that. So why has he been restricted of late to midfield? And why down the left today? Rounds pegs in round holes and all that…
I thought to be honest that Deeney still played fairly well. He wasn`t at his best and we haven`t yet seen him at his best, but presented with a rare start he would have hoped to have shown his ability by being played in position at the very least. He was however subject to much discontent in the Lower Rous and mirth when replaced at half time.
For what it`s worth I felt he battled away, worked as hard as Danny Graham and won his share of flick-ons. He`s by no means a battering ram but he is one of the few physical presences in the side.
When he took the ball back into his own are and cleared against the forward for a corner under pressure he was roundly lambasted. But why? He had no outlet options, was running out of pitch to dribble the ball into and rightly had little faith in the poor Rene Gilmartin. Under the circumstances I felt a player who was not used to a midfield or defensive role of any kind did well.
Granted in attacking phases of play Deeney offered little but then he`s hardly wide midfield material.
For one, he`s too big to dribble the ball tens of yards. Unlike Piero Mingoia he isn`t blessed with a low centre of gravity, perfect for mazy dribbles. In the same way Mingoia isn`t blessed with the height and strength necessary for a target man role.
Though he doesn`t lack pack, Deeney is not the quickest either. Very little was in the former Walsall forward`s favour. The fact he was hauled off at half-time won`t have helped his confidence either. Just six starts in the league and even less of those up front have not helped his form during his debut season at Vicarage Road. If we are going to see the best of Troy Deeney then we`re going to have to give him time to blossom and hope he leads the line more often .