English Premiership

Gracia: Deeney personifies Watford's spirit

Troy Deeney (Getty Images)
Troy Deeney (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Watford manager Javi Gracia has praised the efforts of club captain Troy Deeney after the Hornets emphatic start in the Premier League.

Deeney scored his second goal of the campaign as Watford claimed their fourth consecutive win (2-1 against Tottenham Hotspur), to maintain their perfect start to the season alongside Liverpool and Chelsea.

Gracia has been impressed by Deeney's work rate and praised the 30-year-old's ability to lead by example.

"He is the captain, he is the spirit and you can see he always tries to set an example and help everyone," Gracia told the media.

"Today he has been very important and not only in scoring a goal. I said many times it is not only when the strikers score goals that they are important for us.

“They work during all the minutes and help us score goals."

He added: “I arrived in January and from the first day he has hasn't changed. He always wants to win, works a lot and tries to be a good example for the rest of the players as captain.”

The Hornets will next welcome Manchester United to Vicarage Road after the international break on Saturday, September 15.

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