Deeney scored a goal in a big home victory over Tottenham on Sunday but Gracia is adamant the striker means much more to the side than just goals.
"He is the captain, he is the spirit and you can see he always tries to set an example and help everyone," Gracia said Deeney's performance.
"Today he has been very important and not only in scoring a goal. I said many times it is not only when the strikers score goals that they are important for us. They work during all the minutes and help us score goals."