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Troy Deeney ridicules West Ham's Sebastien Haller and Newcastle flop Joelinton over price tags

Watford captain Troy Deeney has ridiculed the club record signings of West Ham United and Newcastle United.

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Last summer West Ham paid £45million to sign Sebastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt.

A week later Newcastle paid Hoffenheim £40million to buy Brazilian forward Joelinton.

Both endured difficult debut seasons for West Ham and Newcastle respectively.


Haller got off to a flying start with four goals in his first four games last season.

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Nine goals for £85 million

But he added just three more as West Ham became embroiled in an ugly relegation battle.

Newcastle had a slightly more comfortable season. But it was no thanks to the goals of Joelinton.

Like Haller, Joelinton struggled under the weight of his massive price tag and scored only two goals all season long.

Some West Ham fans argue Haller has not been used correctly or provided with the kind of service that made him such a hit in Germany and before that France.

It remains to be seen whether West Ham and Newcastle will benefit from improved second seasons for the strikers.

But Troy Deeney pulled no punches at the weekend when he savaged the pair and their price tags.

The 32-year-old scored 10 goals in 27 league games last term, but that wasn’t enough to keep Watford up.

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Deeney savages West Ham and Newcastle record signings

Now in a desperate bid to attract the attention of a Premier League club, Deeney has highlighted his goal return compared to West Ham and Newcastle’s record signings (The Sun).

“I definitely still see myself as a Premier League striker. I scored double figures last season on one leg. Now I’m over my knee troubles. I’m back on two legs,” Deeney told The Sun.

“I got 10 in the league from 27 games, which was not a bad return. I know it includes penalties but Bruno Fernandes scores penalties as well at Man United. I’m not comparing myself to Fernandes but I’ve scored the opportunities presented to me.

“How many did Sebastien Haller get last year for West Ham? Six or seven. Or Joelinton for Newcastle? Two. Put it into context: these are £40million players and I only cost £300,000. My time’s not up.”

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Flops to clash on opening weekend

Had Haller been on penalty duty for West Ham last season – and scored all four of them – he would still have only notched 11 goals.

Newcastle got just one penalty so Joelinton’s tally would have hardly improved.

Deeney is known for being outspoken.

But he makes a salient and sobering point.

If both strikers continue to struggle this season questions have to be asked over recruitment.

Newcastle at least look like they are doing something about their situation with Callum Wilson expected to sign for the Magpies.

West Ham meanwhile are going into the new season with just Haller and Michail Antonio as striker options.

Ironically West Ham and Newcastle meet on the opening day at the London Stadium this Saturday.

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