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Matej Vydra: The Only Way Is Up

An article on Udinese's wanted striker Matej Vydra

By on Jun 07, 2013   4184 views   1 comments
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Matej Vydra may only be 21 years old, but he seems to have his footballing career set out already. Matej currently plays for Italian side Udinese, but since joining in 2010. Vydra attempted to kick start his career with a loan move to Club Brugge, and things looked up for the Czech international. However, after just one game with the club, Vydra returned to Udinese as a result of an injury picked up that would put him out for the rest of the season. Then came Matej’s big chance. Watford FC were due to fight for promotion, wanting to play in the Barclays Premier League again, after being stuck in the nPower Championship since their relegation in 2007. The Hornets are also owned by the same family who own both Udinese Calcao and Grenada CF in Spain, meaning a loan deal could be beneficial for both sides.

The striker happily left Italy for the year to join Watford, to help them try and push for promotion. Vyrda managed to score his first goal for the club in August, securing the winner against Crystal Palace, with the game finishing at 3-2. From here on in, Watford fans realised they could have uncovered someone special, and Vydra realised he could be having the start of a brilliant season. Vydra kept scoring for the club, and in December 2012 scored consecutive braces, showing he was a danger to all teams. In January, his form kept improving, netting 6 goals in 3 games. Vydra had become the key player for Watford, the danger-man upfront guiding the team up the table into the promotion hot-spots. Matej hit 20 goals in his campaign in February, finishing off a solid season.

His fine form didn’t just help Watford though, as he was named the 2012/2013 Championship Player of the Season, in just in his season in competitive English football. With his success, people around England began to realise what Vydra was like, and they saw the potential he had. Other teams also noticed this. With Watford not managing to reach the Premier League after losing the play-off final to Crystal Palace, keeping hold of Matej would be hard. With talent that could easily be featured week-in, week-out in Premier League football, Watford knew they wouldn’t be able to retain the services of the forward, who had now been seen by nearly every club in the Premier League.

Matej has stated his happiness and England, but wants to go better. For Vydra, the only way is up. Up through the ranks, joining better teams who can really use his potential and bring it all out of him. Premier League football could be a wonderful opportunity for Matej, and one he can certainly take. Having already featured for his national side seven times, top-flight giants Arsenal and Tottenham Hostpur have both become interested in getting his signature on a loan-term contract, having watched his campaign in the nPower Championship. With Vydra expressing his interest in leaving the Championship to play a higher standard of football, a move to another side of London is looking likely.

Fulham have also stepped up their chase for the young striker, after seeing his performances towards the end of the season, admiring both his pace and finishing throughout the game. It is understandable as to why Matej would like the move up, as he has since become the number one Czech Republic striker, compared to having the possible success to that of Milan Baros, while wanting to play at a standard of fellow Czech international and Chelsea regular Petr Cech.

Watford FC confirmed that proposals had been made for other clubs to buy Vydra, which were all rejected, and that the club have since received new offers for the highly wanted star. However, his performances of scoring almost on a weekly basis will almost certainly increase his value, meaning a move may be on the cards to a team higher up in the table, with more money. Nevertheless, could this lead to Vydra warming the bench more than warming the hearts of the fans?

Whatever happens next season though for Matej Vydra, the only way is up.

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    Class player, young and a great hope for our national team for the future.
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