Deeney to withdraw from Prem return

With the Premier League’s greatly anticipated project ‘restart’ soon upon us, Watford captain Troy Deeney won’t be taking any chances.

With a ‘flexible’ date of June 12th, the Premier League will soon return to our screens. Though, it may be some time yet before we can return to our beloved stadia and cheer on our sides in person.

While we watch from the comfort of our homes, Premier League stars face something of a dilemma. Should players refuse to conform with the new footballing norms, or turn down the opportunity to return to training and games, they are facing the possibility of going without pay.

And while some players are enthusiastically looking ahead to the league resumption:

Others are not:

Watford’s captain and joint top-scorer this league campaign, Troy Deeney, has found himself at the forefront of the restart’s opposition.

The ever outspoken striker is renowned for his opinionated comments, having previously claimed he “made Arsenal’s season” after slating the side following their 2-1 defeat to Watford last season.

This time however, the target man has turned his attention to the PFA’s ongoing deliberation regarding just how players will be protected when English football returns.

According to tweets by Sunday Times journalist Duncan Castles, Deeney is quoted as saying: ‘I can’t get a haircut until mid-July but I can go and get in a box with 19 people and jump for a header.’ And no-one could answer the questions… So I said, ‘If you don’t know the information, why would I put myself at risk?’

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Deeney’s statement has been met by a mixed response.

Some are sympathetic to the player’s plight:

Whereas others claim his opinions are fuelled by Watford’s languishing league position where they sit just above the relegation zone on goal-difference alone:

Whether Deeney’s quotes will have a greater effect amongst the league’s playerbase is yet to be seen.

After all, others may soon follow suit until their safety is more comprehensively assured.

Jordan Yeardsley-Jones
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