Deeney To Start

9 Sep 2021 | 6 comments

Birmingham City


Derby County

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Friday night’s fixture against Derby County has now become an eagerly awaited, mouth-watering prospect. Question is whether Troy Deeney will start? My emotive side says ‘yes, yes’, but perhaps I am not being realistic. A front pairing of Deeney and Jutkiewicz appears very tasty, and I would fancy them to cause Derby a lot of problems. However, as we all know, football is a funny game and so unpredictable. Lee Bowyer may well decide to keep to his successful line-up of late, with Troy literally waiting in the wings for the nod.

Derby County have started better than expected given their off-field circumstances, but should not be feared.  So, I feel Bowyer might be tempted to please my wishes and let Deeney loose from the off.

Such a great advantage playing the day before the rest of the Championship, with the prospect of three massive points that could elevate us to being real contenders. When have we been able to say that for a very, very long time? Obviously the Deeney bounce has got us all at it and why not? Too many recent seasons have been arduous for both players and supporters alike. Getting the team out on that St Andrew’s pitch cannot now come soon enough.

Enough of questioning whether the team are up for it, enough of the doubts concerning tactics and enough of whether the quality is there.  My opinion is that we now have strong leadership across the pitch, with at least any one of three quite capable “captains” pushing the Blues home to victory. Dean, Jutkiewicz and Deeney are my leaders.

Although too many seasons have been greeted with hope in a fanciful way, only to be quickly deflated, this time around feels different with success beginning to stir around this current squad. A squad that appears very strong and determined.

Derby County should present the perfect opportunity for the arrival of Deeney to put on a crowd-pleasing display, not in a silky skills way, but the simple ask of putting the ball in the net. For too long have we struggled to put visiting teams to the sword after creating good chances that go begging.

Therefore, should Troy Deeney start from the off or wait for the nod to come off the bench? My view considering this Friday’s opposition is that he should start, mainly because I want him lining up from the beginning at level scores and not being introduced at, heavens forbid, a goal down. Troy Deeney scores goals and the earlier he gets on the pitch the better.

Mitchell Bray


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  1. Smithy

    My message is get him out there. Should he be fit of course.

  2. Paul Bradley

    Would there be enough pace in a Deeney and Juke partnership?

  3. Walker

    This may upset a few but id rather see deeney and chucks. realy pace and power. juke for all his endevour and the odd goal he limits us on the break and always has to fend off 2 players before we get the ball out to pace. raw pace will always cause more fear. if we are banging in cross after crossfair enough but we arent playing wingers. Lets hope the much improved squad pushes the likes of hogan to finally bang more goals in. one on ones should rarely be missed at this level

  4. WayCoolBlue

    Deeney Should start alongside Juke and Chong in a 3-4-3 people seem to forgotten we are playing 3 up Front not 2. Deeney through the middle Juke on the left and Chong on the right.

  5. Mitchell Bray

    Good news about tomorrow and of the Tilton. Progress certainly and hopefully getting back on track off the field.

  6. Mitchell Bray

    Great result tonight! Dare we dream?

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