By David Woods

21st Mar, 2020 | 9:39am

'Sharp finisher' – Phil Hay claims £65k/wk ace is 'dream but realistic' PL signing for Leeds

Athletic journalist Phil Hay has said that Watford striker Troy Deeney would be a “dream but realistic” signing for Leeds United in the Premier League. 

The 31-year-old has been at Watford for close to 10 years and has scored 129 goals in 389 games for the London club.

He’s reportedly on £65k-a-week in the Premier League and is still scoring – he’s got six in 18 Premier League appearances this season.

Talking in a Q&A on the Athletic, Hay said of Deeney: “Vastly experienced, a sharp finisher, strong, very good at handling pressure and out of contract in 2021.

“His father was a Leeds fan too so he knows the score round here.”

If Leeds get promoted – and it’s still looking likely despite the world getting turned upside down – then talk will soon turn towards strengthening the squad.

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Jean-Kevin Augustin is the hope of all Leeds fans as far as the number one striker for next season goes.

But Leeds will need more than just Augustin and a player like Deeney would offer a lot of experience and he’s the sort of player that would fit into the Bielsa system.

He’s strong, works hard and, unlike Patrick Bamford, is a solid finisher. He’d score goals wherever he goes and would be a great back-up to the main striker for Leeds.

He scored over 20 goals in his last two seasons in the Championship and has been averaging around 10-a-season in the Premier League since.

Aleksandar Mitrovic would probably be ahead of him on the wishlist of most Leeds fans.

He might fancy another shot at the Premier League if Fulham don’t manage to win promotion, although as Leeds fans know they’re still in with a shot at the top-two.

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