The 25-year old has gone from strength to strength since the former Chelsea star took the reins at Vicarage Road and took the next step by scoring a hat-trick in the weekend's 6-1 win over AFC Bournemouth, which delighted both the player and his boss.
"The boss (Zola) gave me loads of stick when he first came here, saying only real strikers score hat-tricks, so now I'm a fully-fledged real striker and I'm happy now. There's a big smile on my face," Deeney told Watford's official website.
"I didn't think I was going to get three chances, it was quite a tight, cagey affair after the first half. I think I had four or five shots in the game and scored three goals, so I'm very happy with that."