Deeney backs Dennis to become Watford legend

Deeney backs Dennis to become Watford legend
Watford's Emmanuel Dennis

by Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Dec 07, 2021. 12:00

Watford legend Troy Deeney says Nigerian striker Emmanuel Dennis could become a similarly iconic player at the Premier League club.

Deeney is beloved at Vicarage Road after scoring 140 goals in 419 appearances for the Hornets and has spoken of his admiration for what Dennis has achieved since arriving at the club.

Since signing from Club Brugge in June, the 24-year-old Super Eagles attacker has racked up six goals and five assists from 14 Premier League appearances.

He has even been nominated for the league’s November Player of the Month award, alongside the likes of Joao Cancelo, Bernardo Silva (both Manchester City), John McGinn (Aston Villa), Trent Alexander-Arnold and Diogo Jota (both Liverpool).

“Legends before me: Luther [Blissett], John Barnes, Tommy Mooney, Tommy Smith – everyone has a legacy and they do so much up to that point,” Deeney told Watford’s official website.

“I’ve done my point and it’s up to the guys in the squad now to take it further than I ever could.

“The legends of this club all move forward and I’m just a name. There is an opportunity for someone else.

“I think [Emmanuel] Dennis is playing great and if he sticks around for five years, he could go and do that as well.”

Dennis will hope to continue his great form for Watford when they face fellow promoted side Brentford away from home on the evening of Friday 10 December.

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