First Team 29/03/2020

Blissett On Deeney: “I Really Hope He Beats My Record”

By Kevin Affleck

Luther Blissett unselfishly hopes Troy Deeney goes onto break his club league goals record once the football season resumes, believing it means his beloved Hornets are winning football matches if the captain is banging in the goals.

Speaking on official club podcast 'The View From The Vic', after firstly outlining the importance of trying to contain the spread of the coronavirus, Blissett was then asked whether his tally of 148 league goals for the Hornets is under threat from Deeney, who is on 121 and was on a run of six goals in 12 games before the season was suspended.

“I really hope he does because, if he does, it means Watford are doing well and staying in the Premier League,” said Blissett. “I have no control over that so I can't worry about it. It was something I did in my playing days and it's there for people to try and beat. It's something I did and I'm very proud of, but I can't do anything about it these days.”

Blissett's league record may be overtaken by Deeney but he's still 57 ahead of the 31-year-old in the all-time goalscoring list and it's hard to see how his record 503 appearances for the club will ever be surpassed.

“The most important thing is you produce your best performance every time you cross that white line,” said Blissett. “Now the stats are about how many goals you have scored, how many games you played, that type of thing. People get a bit carried away with that. If you focus on the stats, and not what you are actually doing, you can get sidetracked and it can hold you back from achieving what you set out to. That was something very important to Graham and he got that across to all of us. Yes, stats will be there at the end and you can look back and see what you have done, but on that journey you need to be mindful of getting the job done and what will happen will happen.”

Watford FC Records

Appearances:

  • 503 - L Blissett 
  • 491 - N Gibbs 
  • 472 - G Porter
  • 457 - D Welbourne
  • 443 - L Doyley

Goals (all competitions):

  • 186 - L Blissett 
  • 163 - T Barnett 
  • 142 - R Jenkins 
  • 129 - T Deeney 
  • 105 - C Holton 

League goals:

  • 148 - L Blissett 
  • 144 - T Barnett
  • 121 - T Deeney
  • 118 - R Jenkins 
  • 96 - C Holton
First Team 29/03/2020

Big Interview: Christian Kabasele

Defender Christian Kabasele talks about his African roots, loving family life and his spare-time activities in a self-penned interview...


AFRICAN ROOTS

I was very young when me and my family left the Democratic Republic of Congo but as I was growing up my parents told me almost everything about the difficulties of living there. We moved because of the uncertain situation in that moment – there were riots and people stealing things – and my parents always wanted to give me and my brother a better chance in life.

BEGINNINGS IN BELGIUM

It was impossible for us, so we moved to Belgium. It was not an easy decision for them to take because they left a lot of family behind, but they thought first of all about us and I thank them every day for that. My grandmother and aunts and most of my family are still there [Democratic Republic of Congo]. I still follow the political situation there because even if I’m not living there, it is still my home country. It’s in my plan to go back there some day but I haven’t found the right moment to do so yet.

FACING COMPATRIOTS

I enjoy playing against Michy Batshuayi in the Premier League, who I know from the Belgium national team. He’s a very good player, for me one of the best strikers, and I think he doesn’t receive the credit he deserves. When you see his numbers, especially in the national team, I think he’s scoring every 70 or 80 minutes. He’s a great goalscorer.

FAMILY MAN

When I’m not playing football I spend most of my time playing with my kids in the garden or the park. Since we had kids I don’t even watch the TV anymore. I have a boy and a girl who are both under four, so the time is going fast and I want to enjoy every single moment.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK

I also enjoy following the NBA and the NFL. When they came to London I went to see both of the sports, and I took my son for the first time to an NFL game recently because he loves it as well. I’m in love with the New York Giants because I went to New York with my wife in 2012 and we watched a game there. The stadium was amazing and I loved it. In the NBA it’s the New York Knicks, for the same reason. We went to see a game and I’ve loved the team ever since.