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Birmingham City: Justin Peach discusses Troy Deeney’s move to Birmingham City

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Championship Justin Peach has given his view on Birmingham City signing Troy Deeney and the impact he could have at the club.

One of the bigger stories in the Championship in the final few days of the transfer window was the arrival of Deeney, a boyhood Blues fan, at St Andrew’s following his 11-year spell at Watford.

The 33-year-old has certainly been prolific during his time in the Championship in the past, bagging 84 goals in 224 appearances, including seven goals for the Hornets last season from just 19 appearances.

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Blues boss Lee Bowyer will surely be hoping for a boost their goal return from Deeney, given that no Birmingham City player was able to get into double digits last season, and speaking on the latest edition of the Second Tier podcast, Peach felt like the partnership between Deeney and Lukas Jutkiewicz could be a potent one in the Championship:

“It’s a very good transfer for Birmingham City and Troy Deeney. I think he’s going to score a fair few goals. Him and Jutkiewicz up front potentially is… I mean, I’m seeing things in my head now, it’s absolutely terrifying.

“The carnage they’re going to cause in the area is going to be frightening for a lot of defences, I imagine.”

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Deeney’s record from last season shows that he has still got what it takes to score in this division, and with him and Jutkiewicz up top playing off one another, there certainly is the opportunity for them to create a terrific pair up top.

With Jutkiewicz winning the balls in the air currently ranked seventh in the division with an average of 7.6 aerial duels won per game (via WhoScored) and knocking them down for Deeney to finish, it could certainly be a throwback to those ‘little and large’ partnerships that used to be quite prevalent.

After years of struggles at St Andrew’s, things are really starting to look up again with the introduction of Deeney, not only emotionally because of the connection between him and the fans, but also because of what he’ll be able to do on the pitch that will hopefully see Birmingham move up the table.

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