When the Pozzo family completed their takeover of Championship side Watford last summer, there was swift action that left Hornet fans completely bemused.

After replacing Sean Dyche with Italian Gianfranco Zola as manager, the owners then signed 14 players on loan with a mixture of young and experienced talent.

A majority of these players come from other Pozzo-owned clubs, including 10 from Udinese and two from Granada.

This would have been a worry for any football fan to see a team made up almost entirely of players who have never played in England before.

It certainly showed at the beginning of this season as Zola's side only won five of their first 12 games leaving them 15th.

However, since the beginning of November, the team have gone on an amazing run, which has seen them lose only twice in 14 games. With the new-found team-ethic, the Hornets have stormed up the table into 4th, just one point from the automatic promotion places.

This has also been down to the revelation of star striker Matej Vydra.

The Czech Republic international has scored 18 goals in 24 league matches, holding an impressive record of scoring twice against every opponent in January so far.

This rich vein of form has prompted Zola to sign the forward on a permanent basis, with Sky Sports reporting that the Vicarage Road club are in advanced talks with the 20-year-old hit-man, having offered him a five-year deal. 

The news will come as a relief to Watford supporters as they aim to hold onto their star players, with fellow striker Fernando Forestieri completing his move from Udinese on a five-and-a-half year deal earlier this month. The fans will also be hoping a few more loan deals can be made permanent as they continue their push for the Premier League.


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