“I have to watch what I say, but it’s [having] a bit of cojones, is what I’ll say. Whenever I play against Arsenal, I’ll go up and think ‘let me whack the first one and see who wants it.’
I wonder if this is what Troy Deeney, then 23, kicked a student in the head on the 29 February 2012.
In June of that year, the then Championship football was jailed for 10 months.
The Watford striker was recorded by CCTV cameras kicking one of the victims in the head.
One man suffered a broken jaw and another required 20 stitches as a result of the brawl in Broad Street.
Deeney, admitted affray and was sentenced along with three other men at Birmingham Crown Court.
They included Deeney’s younger brother Ellis, 21, of Polar Avenue, Chelmsley Wood; Oliver Brennan, 20, from Hazel Croft, Chelmsley Wood; and 26-year-old Marc Williams, of Stonebridge Crescent in Kingshurst.
They had all pleaded guilty to affray.
Judge David Tomlinson said CCTV footage of the attack, which happened close to the Bliss nightclub on 29 February, showed the roles of Troy Deeney and Brennan were more serious than the other defendants.
In the 30-second video clip, the pair could be seen kicking out at the “defenceless” students, one of whom received repeated blows to the head as he lay injured on the ground.
The judge told the defendants: “Three men in particular were singled out for what can only be described as a gratuitous beating.
“All four of you to a greater or lesser degree joined in but the effect of it was that these three men, who were already heavily outnumbered, became even more so as a result of what you all did.
“At least one kicked a man while he was already on the ground and very probably had already suffered a really serious injury.”
Prosecutor David Lees said one student, who had suffered a broken jaw, might require plastic surgery because of the scars on his face and continued to suffer from flashbacks.
A month after the attack, Deeney was given a 12-month extension to his contract by Watford.
Here is the thing about Troy Deeney, he is a convicted violent thug. He will claim to be reformed, but his comments about “whack the first one and see who wants it.” show that he has probably not changed.
Whilst Watford did get one over Arsenal yesterday, Deeney’s comment about cojones is laughable.
The team without cojones have won 3 FA Cups in 4 years. Troy Deeney has won nothing. Nowt. Zilch. Give me someone like Per Mertesacker or Mesut Ozil, two serial winners who, 2 years after Troy Deeney was sentenced for his violent, sickening attack, were winning the World Cup.
Give me a team of winners like Arsenal, over Deeney’s team of thugs and losers any day.
Troy Deeney, nothing but an average footballer, a convicted thug. A man who kicked a student on the floor in Birmingham, probably to see who wanted.
Enjoy being a nobody living off your 15 minute performance against the mighty Arsenal, Troy. Hope you did not drop the soap too much in jail son.