Super Matt Is Back!
After much speculation and many ifs and buts, it was announced this morning by Watford that Czech Forward Matej Vydra had returned to the Hornets on an initial loan deal which will most likely become permanent if the Golden Boys achieve promotion. Many fans have been cursing Vydra's agent Ondrej Chovanec for seemingly stopping a permanent deal with the Hornets last summer and Vydra subsequently joined West Bromwich Albion on loan. It looked like Chovanec was at it again a few months ago when he said that Vydra wanted to play in the Premier League again. Speculation about a Vydra return has been around since the end of the 2013/14 season but the Hornets have got their men and the Czech striker has returned to Watford on an 'Initial' season long loan after a disappointing season in the Premiership with West Bromwich Albion.
Vydra proved to be one of the best strikers in the division with Watford whilst on loan during the 2012/13 season winning the Championship player of the season. He forged a formidable partnership with Troy Deeney with both players scoring over 20 goals during the 2012/13 season. Vydra scored 22 goals for the Hornets during his initial loan spell with Watford including a spectacular Robin Van Persie Esque volley against Leicester during the Play Off Semi final leg 2 and a brilliant break away goal in the 1-3 win over Brighton in December which was televised on Sky Sports. He earned a trademark for being ice cool in front of goal with the Czech striker burying many of the opportunities that he received when through one on one. His pace and partnership with Deeney caused defenders all kinds of problems with many not being able to handle the 22 year old.
Vydra was signed by Udinese after impressing at Czech clubs Vysocina Jihlava and Banik Ostrava. Before joining Watford on loan he was sent on loan to Club Brugge but suffered an injury which ruled him out for much of the season. Watford fans had hoped that Vydra's deal would become permanent but after the Hornets missed out on promotion to the Premier League, Vydra's agent thwarted a deal meaning that he was loaned to West Bromwich Albion. He scored 3 goals in 18 appearances for the Baggies as the Czech international was mainly deployed from the bench.
The signing of Vydra is excellent for everyone involved with Watford and is a deal that no one would thought would happen due to Vydra’s agent. But hopefully Vydra can find his goal scoring touch that he had whilst with the Hornets and can re-discover his brilliant partnership with Troy Deeney. Who knows where Vydra will end up at the end of next season but hopefully Super Mat can fire the Hornets in to the Premier League and become a permanent Watford player. Super Matty Vydra!.