Watford duo sign five-year deals.
Watford have boosted their squad ahead of the upcoming 2015/16 season, with Matej Vydra and Gabriele Angella both putting pen-to-paper on five-year-contracts at the club.
Czech striker Vydra, signs permanently from Udinese, also owned by the Pozzo Family, having spent two spells on loan with the Hornet’s, scoring 38 goals in 92 appearances.
He initially joined the Hornet’s in July 2012 on a season-long-loan ahead of the 2012/13 season, scoring 22 goals over the course of the season, which earned him the Championship Player Of The Season Award. His partnership with Troy Deeney caused a number of problems for defenders, and the Hornet’s failure to earn promotion to the Premier League earned him a number of suitors.
Despite the offer to return to the Golden Boy’s, Vydra decided to join West Bromwich Albion on loan until the end of the season, but was largely restricted to appearances from the substitute’s bench. In total, he netted three goals in 25 appearances in what was a frustrating spell at The Hawthorns.
Subsequently, Vydra re-joined the Golden Boy’s again on loan ahead of the 2014/15 season, netting 16 times over the course of the year in 45 appearances, some of these proving to be vital. The striker effectively sealed the Hornet’s promotion to the Premier League, as he scored the second goal in the 0-2 win over Brighton, which proved to be enough for Watford to secure promotion to the top-flight.
On his day, an excellent striker and clinical finisher, Vydra will be a key piece of the Hornet’s jigsaw as they aim to avoid relegation back to the Championship. Despite his failed loan spell with West Brom in the Premier League, Vydra has proved himself to be a key-player for the Golden Boy’s during his two loan spells at the club and the Czech now needs to continue his good form for the Hornet’s in the Premier League.
More good news was announced later this afternoon, with it being announced that Italian defender Gabriele Angella, had signed a new five-year deal at the club.
Angella joined the Hornets in July 2013 from Udinese on a five-year contract, and has impressed during his first two seasons with the Hornet’s. He has proved himself to be a menace in the opposition’s box from set-pieces, scoring 9 times for the Hornets in 81 appearances.
He has proved himself to be a key member of the club’s defence during his two seasons at the club, and his new contract means he will remain with the Hornet’s till 2020.
The Pozzo’s certainly aren’t hanging around currently, and it is excellent news that two key figures at the club have been tied down to long-term deals at the Hornet’s.