Czech Republic forward Matej Vydra has been given his chance to impress in the Premier League after his brilliant loan spell to Watford last season almost ended in promotion.

Vydra scored 22 goals in a season that earned him the Player of the Season Award in the Championship aged 21 years old.

Vydra is set to go and meet up with his Czech Republic teammates in Hungary after passing a medical with the Baggies.

"I'm delighted to welcome Matej to the club,” West Brom boss Steve Clarke told the club’s official website.

"He had a really good year with Watford and we believe he's got the qualities to score goals at a higher level. Hopefully, he'll show that this year with us.

"We had Matej watched throughout last season. As well as some excellent scouting reports, we had some really good feedback from within Watford about Matej as both a player and person.

"I've said previously we're a bit light in the forward areas and Matej will increase competition for places. He's another good quality striker to add to the other three senior forwards we have here.”

Vydra will be desperate to make as much of an impact as he made in the Championship, only this time, he will be at the top level of football, so the question is... can he do it?

When Vydra was named Championship's player of the season, a large amount of football fans were confused at this, despite his brilliant performances some thought there were better contenders, saying he had only come to life in the last half of the season.

Vydra is the sort of player that can put it in at any level, he has bags of pace, and unlike players such as Theo Walcott and Gabriel Agbonlahor, he has real tactical awareness.

His decision making is a lot more mature than a lot of the youngsters coming through at the moment, he knows what he wants to do on the ball and has the ability to bring his team-mates into play whilst also knowing when to beat a man.

Vydra can be a defence's worst nightmare; he bends his runs so intelligently and has such tight control when dribbling at players.

He can also play on the right hand side of a 4-3-3 or a 4-2-3-1, which is the normal choice of formation for Steve Clarke.West Brom have done good business here because they haven't gambled and splashed the cash, they have got Vydra on loan so if it doesn't work out they haven't got that long-term commitment, but, on the reverse side, if it is a successful loan spell, West Brom can decide whether they want to try and make the move permanent.


I look forward to seeing what Vydra has to offer this very modest West Brom side.

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