Troy Deeney has emerged as Leicester City’s main summer target, with the Foxes rumoured to be willing to pay a huge fee for the Watford striker.
The Telegraph is reporting that the Premier League champions could part with £30m to sign the Englishman and many may view this as an extortionate fee.
However, if you look at Deeney more closely, you can see that this would be a good deal for the Midlands club regardless of the price, especially if it aids them in retaining their crown, with this eventuality priced at 25/1.
The 27-year-old struck 13 times in the Premier League last term, but is crucially able to work well in a front two.
Odion Ighalo was the main man at Vicarage Road at the start of the campaign, with the forward scoring 13 of his 15 league strikes in 2015.
Deeney’s movement and work off the ball allowed his teammate to be so lethal, similar to the role fulfilled by Shinji Okazaki to bring the best out of Jamie Vardy.
Yet, the Hornets star is able to contribute in ways that Okazaki can’t, particularly in front of goal.
The Japan international registered just five times in the Premier League and his inability to strike was particularly concerning when Vardy went through a drought, as occurred in the winter.
A run of seven games across all competitions between December and January saw Leicester’s top scorer fail to make an impact and they fired blanks on four of these occasions.
Therefore, bringing in a forward who has already shown that he can assist another as part of a pair – he created seven goals in his debut top-flight season to Okazaki’s zero – as well as be the chief goal-getter when required, would improve the champions and this is worth the substantial investment.
Furthermore, Deeney’s leadership qualities emphasise why he would be so suited to a move to the King Power Stadium.
Claudio Ranieri has looked to build success on the back of a strong team spirit and the Watford man’s significance in the dressing room as well as on the pitch is why they are so against seeing him go.
He captained the side to promotion from the Championship, while he was able to come back from a spell in prison earlier in his career and still be a big part of the team, which has to be viewed as a strong demonstration of character.
Additionally, Deeney has never held the Hornets to ransom over a new contract and clearly has the mental attributes that Ranieri desires.