Watford striker Andre Gray believes goals will be 'guaranteed' should he and Troy Deeney get more game time together.

Gray believes Deeney and himself are “proven” in the Championship and hopes they can be paired together more often in the starting XI.

The Birmingham-born pair have only started 13 games together since Gray joined three-and-a-bit seasons ago and the team boast nearly a 50 per cent win ratio when they are paired together from the off – those games came in the top tier.

Speaking to the club website, Gray said: “Me and Troy have spoken about it [how we should play together more] a million times. We know exactly what we are going to give if we play together. It's out of our hands, though.

“I felt the season before last [the start of the 2018/19 season under Javi Gracia] proved what we could do [with four straight Premier League wins], how effective we were, how well we worked together.

“We know what we are about, what we are capable of and I believe if me and Troy started the rest of the season together, we'd guarantee a lot of goals. We are both proven in this league. It's down to the manager, though, and what is best for the team.”

Gray made his first league start in nearly a year in Saturday’s match against Coventry City and was replaced by Deeney in the 74th minute of the game.

Speaking about the team, Gray said: “We've got experience, we've got youth, we've got legs. We've got everything in abundance, especially in this league.

“It's quite overwhelming. The competition has to be there and we've all got different roles to play. It's a 46-game season and not everyone is going to be fit in every game.

“There are going to be knocks and niggles and it's going to be a team game. We all need to be ready as it's the manager's decision.”