Troy Deeney turned his Caribbean all-inclusive summer holiday into a fat-busting regime – and he is now light years away from his heavyweight image.

The Watford captain will be at his trimmest weight in nine years with the Hornets for Saturday’s reunion with former manager Marco Silva at Everton .

Deeney was furious when his comic one-liner at a fans’ forum six months ago was turned into a declaration of war before the clubs’ last meeting.

He had asked fans not to boo Silva on his return to Vicarage Road and joked: “Let us kick the s*** out of them.”

But the chances of him ramping up the aggro before this weekend’s game at Goodison Park are slim and none – especially after his off-season boot camp.

Watford’s Troy Deeney is at his lightest weight in nine years

Watford’s season stalled on the starting gate with a surprise 3-0 home defeat by Brighton , but Deeney said: “It’s the best I’ve felt in my career. I’m at my lightest, my lowest body fat and it hasn’t been easy ignoring the best of the all-inclusive in the Caribbean.

“But I know it’s going to be worth it in the short term and longer down the track.

“This time last year, there were the noises knocking around about me being finished and all that sort of stuff.

“Sometimes I’ve let wider comments and people’s opinions affect me, but now I know my job is to deliver and make sure we win games.

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“I signed for this club on the day of an away game at Norwich in early August 2010. This will be my 10th season and I cost £500,000.

“At the time, the narrative was about the club using all its available money on one player – and what (would happen) if it didn’t work out?

“Times have changed a little bit – within a decade of that, Watford have just paid out well over 50 times that figure for our new young lad Ismaila Sarr.”

Deeney’s slimming revelation, in the club’s matchday programme, comes 12 months after he admitted his Uncle Dave had collared him at a family wedding and told him bluntly: “You look fat.”

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Meanwhile, head coach Javi Gracia will assess £31 million winger Sarr’s fitness over the next 48 hours before deciding whether to throw the Hornets’ record signing into the fray on Merseyside.

If the Senegal international plays, he will be pitched into a needle match after Watford extracted £4.5 million compensation from Everton for allegedly tapping up Silva – even though the Toffees only appointed him four months after he was sacked at Vicarage Road.

The ill-feeling was augmented by a violent incident after Watford’s 1-0 win in February left a 62-year-old supporter in hospital with a fractured skull.



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