Deeney confident Gracia will be Leeds success

Birmingham City forward Troy Deeney believes Javi Gracia will be successful at Leeds United.

Deeney has experience of working with Gracia from their time at Watford.

The duo reached the FA Cup final in 2019, with Deeney having fond memories of the Spanish coach.

“Javi Gracia will have instant success at Leeds. I really do believe that. I go back to my time at Watford when he was manager. He came in and replaced Marco Silva in January 2018 with a very quick turnaround,” Deeney wrote in his column for The Sun.

“Imagine what he can do now at a huge club with a very good team. And that’s what he has with the likes of Wilfried Gnonto, a contender for Young Player of the Year at the end of the season, the American boys Tyler Adams and Weston McKennie and winger Jack Harrison.

“The fact Javi has accepted this flexible contract, and taken on 100 per cent of the risk, it shows you the kind of man he is. And when good things happen to good people, you can’t help but like it.

“I have been texting him recently and he is really excited and so grateful for the opportunity. I follow quite a lot of Leeds pages on Twitter because my dad used to be a fan back in the day, so I have a vested interest. I said to Javi that if there was anything I could do to help, even if it is just getting him to understand just how big the club is.”

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