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Troy Deeney Has Been Full Of Praise For A Young Irish Prospect At Watford

Troy Deeney Has Been Full Of Praise For A Young Irish Prospect At Watford

Watford's return to the Premier League may not necessarily excite that many people in this part of the world, but things could get a lot more interesting if a young Irish prospect can make a breakthrough at the club.

Bosun Lawal joined Watford from St Kevin's in 2019, and while he has only been at Vicarage Road for a couple of years, he has already made a big impact at the club.

The midfielder has starred in their underage setup in recent times, also making the step up to U23 level in recent weeks despite being only 17-years old.

The club's U23 coach Omer Riza was certainly impressed with his impact at that level, saying:

He's taken to 23s football like a duck to water. He was good in and out of possession, strong and powerful and he's going to be a good player for us.

It's a good debate about whether he is a centre-half or a central midfield player. I'm not going to pigeonhole him. I just think it's great he can play at the back and step into midfield and also defend so well aerially.

I'm looking forward to seeing him develop.

The player has now been rewarded for his progress by being named Watford's Academy Player of the Season.

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It is clear they are a big fan of the midfielder at Watford and that includes club captain Troy Deeney.

He was asked about his thoughts on Lawal, saying he is one of the few youngsters in the game you can look at and be certain that they will have a successful career ahead of them.

I saw him against Newcastle, I thought he did well that day. Three or four days later they played Sheffield United and I was there we stood there and watched him.

You know what, he's got a little bit of [Abdoulaye] Doucoure about him. He can got passed people effortlessly and keep striding, he has that big long stride. I thought he did really well.

Three or four days after playing in the U23s, he played another 90 minutes and it was effortless to him.

I think there's not many young players that catch your eye and you think 'he's going to have a career', but he certainly does that.

Lawal has represented Ireland from U15 level, being included in the U17 squad during their most recent international window in November of 2019.

Set to turn 18-years old later this month, he will be hoping to kick on and move a step closer to first team football over the rest of 2021.

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Gary Connaughton

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