In preparation for Watford’s weekend clash with leaders Cardiff, one man is hoping to maintain the form that has seen him lead his side to third in the Championship, just one point behind Hull and eight points behind the Welsh side.
Voted the Championship’s Player of the Year at the age of 20, Matej Vydra has been on fire for the Hornets, weighing in with 20 goals following his loan move from Udinese, who snapped him up from Banik Ostrava.
Vydra has been the gem in a Watford side that has been bounding up the table and hoping finish in second place at least, while a win at the weekend would put intense pressure on Cardiff to hold on.
The young Czech Republic international has fashioned a smart partnership with fellow striker Troy Deeney and has scored braces against Nottingham Forest twice, Huddersfield, Brighton & Hove Albion and Middlesbrough, scoring 19 goals in 30 starts.
Blessed with incredible technique, sharp pace and a sublime eye for goal, Vydra has been instrumental in Watford’s rise, producing form that has seen him linked with Chelsea and Tottenham and has also earned numerous call-ups to the Czech national side, scoring a brace - including a towering header - in a recent World Cup qualification match against Armenia.
He has since won seven caps for his national side, including a start in front of Thomas Pekhart against Denmark. At the age of 20, the future offers everything for Vydra, and a headache for Watford.
The youngster is likely to be wanted back by parent club Udinese as soon as his contract expires. One thing is for sure, though: regardless of the stage Vydra assumes next season he is definitely one to watch.
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