Troy Deeney recently disclosed that Will Hughes, Crystal Palace’s No.19, holds the title for the angriest footballer he has ever encountered.
During a conversation on BBC’s The Players Channel, the 35-year-old made this intriguing revelation. So, what exactly did Deeney have to say about Hughes? Let’s delve into it.
Hughes, at 28, has gained a notable fan following at Selhurst Park due to his spirited tackling and dedicated performances. Apparently, his fierceness and aggression on the field stem from a natural source within.
When discussing the angriest footballers he has encountered, Deeney shared with Jermain Defoe, “You would never think this. Will Hughes. The angriest man you’ve ever met in your life. I dunno if it’s because he looks like Caspar the ghost or whatever. He’s so angry. Lovely fella. I think he’s just mad that he’s not fast.”
Deeney and Hughes, former teammates at Watford, shared the pitch in 73 appearances together, making the Forest Green Rovers No.14 well-acquainted with the man from Weybridge.
Will Hughes Earns Recognition at Crystal Palace
In our assessment, Hughes stands as something of an unsung hero at Crystal Palace.
The £6m midfielder has already made five Premier League starts this season, nearing his total of seven from the previous term. This increased playing time came in the wake of injuries to key players like Jefferson Lerma and Cheick Doucoure.
While Hughes might not match the all-around quality of the aforementioned duo, he has nonetheless provided a sturdy midfield foundation for Roy Hodgson. His game combines precise passing with robust tackling and vigilant interception.
If Hughes were a bit more powerful and speedy, as Deeney hinted, his talents would likely receive more widespread acknowledgment. For now, he can take pride in being an unsung hero in SE25.