West Ham United took a liking to Troy Deeney last summer and it seems he has taken a liking to them.
David Moyes was looking to sign a striker last summer and Deeney was heavily linked with a return to the Premier League with West Ham (Daily Star).
Deeney absolutely raves about West Ham
Well now Deeney is the one doing the admiring in his latest column in The Sun which is dedicated to West Ham.
The Watford striker has absolutely raved about West Ham in his brilliant piece.
He called on Prem clubs to give ‘last of his kind’ Mark Noble a guard of honour next season – read full story here.
And he hailed influential Hammers sextet Craig Dawson, Michail Antonio, Declan Rice, Jesse Lingard, Paul Nevin and of course the main man Moyes.
“Craig Dawson could be playing Champions League football next season — and there seems to be a lot of surprise about that fact. But not from those of us who played with Craig at Watford,” Deeney told The Sun.
“Craig is a solid bloke, a family man, a brilliant pro and a defender who simply loves defending — something of a rarity in the Premier League these days.
“He can play too, he has a lovely pass in him and has always had goals in his locker. A centre-half scoring four goals in a dozen games, as Craig has done, can do wonders for any team.”
“I am so happy for Jesse… He is a talented boy, a World Cup semi-finalist with England and an FA Cup-winning goalscorer with Manchester United.
“But to go on loan to West Ham, having not played Premier League football for a year, then to hit the ground running as he has done, tells you a lot about his character. He has given Moyes’ team a whole new dimension.”
“Rice is some player – he can tackle, he plays really good forwards passes, takes free-kicks, penalties, corners from either side.
“Declan is one of the nicest and funniest kids in football. On the pitch or off it, he always has a witty one-liner. He is a player, and a man, that West Ham can build a club around.”
“He may not be a 20-25 goals a season striker but is someone that no defender will enjoy playing against – another great team man, his strength, speed, stamina and intelligence are top-notch.”
“You’ll know Stuart Pearce and Kevin Nolan but you may not know Paul – he’s the mixed-race guy you will often see alongside Moyes.
“I’ve got to know him through some of the ‘diversity in football’ work I do and he’s such a good coach and a bright bloke. He isn’t showy or mouthy but when he speaks, people listen.”
“Moyes himself had seen his reputation take a battering ever since he left Everton for Manchester United. But he is a fine manager.
“You watch West Ham and you see a team unit, with a proper framework, everyone knowing their jobs and working hard for each other.”