Looking ahead to next season, Watford star Troy Deeney says that he warned his team-mates that they couldn’t afford to have a Newcastle United style losing culture continuing to the end of this season, then potentially carrying through into next season.
The Watford Captain contrasts Leicester City and Newcastle United’s late season form last campaign.
Troy Deeney saying that Leicester’s end of season form in 2014/15 (seven wins and a draw in last nine games of that season), was a major factor in giving them a springboard for this season’s phenomenal success.
Whereas Newcastle United set themselves up for a fall this time around, ending last season with only three wins in the final 19 Premier League games.
That form and losing culture was evident from early on this season and with only eight wins in 37 league matches, Newcastle have been shocking once again.
No doubt it was a massive problem for Rafa Benitez when he arrived, a team that had lost all belief and clearly didn’t expect to win any particular match.
The full record of Newcastle United’s last one and a half seasons shows a record of:
Played 56 Won 11 Drawn 14 Lost 31
Troy Deeney says that the kind of losing culture Newcastle fell into, will never happen at Watford whilst he is there. Having drifted after reaching relative safety by January, the Watford Captain has helped motivate the players into a recent run of two wins and a draw from their last five PL games, ensuring they finish the season with some self-respect.
Hopefully Everton can avoid defeat at Sunderland on Wednesday and Watford do the business against both Norwich in midweek and Sunderland on Sunday.
Troy Deeney talking to the London Evening Standard:
“It is easy to switch off but I’ve been drilling it home to the lads in the dressing room that we just can’t.
“If you look at Leicester, they ended last season unbelievably well. I’m not saying we’re going to win the league by any means but they carried on their form into this year.
“On the flip side Newcastle did poorly last year and it’s carried on into this.
“You can get used to losing so that mentality will never happen as long as I’m here. We’ll never get used to losing.”