Cape Town - Watford
striker Troy Deeney believes one of the club's hot prospects, Ryan
Cassidy, has the talent to make it in the Premier League if he keeps his
Cassidy signed his first professional contract last month and has bagged 15 goals for the Hornets' Under-18 side this season.
Deeney has backed the Irish striker to make the step up to the senior
team in the near future, as long as he avoids the distractions that go
with earning more money.
"I really like him, and like him as a player. If he can grow mentally
and physically, he can be the next person to come through the academy,”
Deeney said, according to the Watford Observer.
“He is a great kid. His attitude is good, but now he’s getting
attention, people are talking about him and his money has gone up. That
is when people start changing.
“I’ve done that first hand and I’ve been there, there are a lot of
distractions. Hopefully we’ll steer him away from that, but also let him
"It’s the same with players like Richarlison. People are saying he’s
gone, but he’s a young boy and there is only so much you can tell him.
"Let them go through bad periods, because eventually you grow and become a much better person for it."