Troy Deeney believes his impressive performances this season are down to a renewed focus on his health and well-being off the pitch.
Deeney, the forward, has been a vital performer in Watford’s perfect start to the campaign, scoring once as the Hornets sit joint-top of the Premier League.
He is showing the kind of sharpness and speed that he has lacked for a couple of years, with last season an especially poor one for the 30-year-old. With a pre-season disrupted by injury, Deeney never really got going, and he failed to hit double figures for league goals for the first time in seven years.
However, he has returned fit and firing this time around as one of the spearheads of Javi Gracia’s 4-4-2 formation.
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Alongside Andre Gray, Deeney has formed a formidable partnership which has helped guide Watford to a 100 per cent record after three matches, and Deeney credits his excellent form to a renewed focus on his health off the pitch.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Deeney said: “I’ve obviously come out and said I’ve got my own nutritionist and I’ve employed different people to help me look after myself, but that is just because of my age.
“I’m 30 now, so I’m not naïve and thinking I can do what I want; party like a rock star and still perform at the weekend.
“So I’ve started looking after myself. I’ve lost about a stone, but more in muscle mass than actual fat.
“And I’m just enjoying football again. I think that’s the part people don’t understand; I got into a little rut where it became a job for me, and once something becomes a job I don’t really enjoy it.
“But I’m enjoying it again now and it’s all showing.”
This is the first time in Watford’s entire history they have won their opening three matches of a top flight league campaign, and Deeney was asked what he believes is behind such a blistering start.
“Pre-season,” he answered. “Having a little bit of consistency.
“Obviously with the manager as it’s well documented that we like to change. But I think it’s great having the same manager.
“A lot of players were injured last year, including myself, during pre-season, so just having everybody back has been perfect.”