Keeping Matej Vydra is Watford’s biggest challenge

Watford Vicarage Road

Watford’s biggest challenge this summer will clearly be trying to retain Udinese striker Matej Vydra.

The Czech Republic forward has been the stand out performer for the Championship side this season, playing a huge part in giving them the shot at promotion to the Premier League via the play-off final at Wembley.

Vydra is currently on loan from Serie A giants Udinese where he has a contract until next summer but Watford need to go all out to try and keep him because of the effect he’s had for them.

His record this season speaks for itself; 20 goals in 41 Championship appearances with nine assists to throw into the equation. Those are numbers that plenty of other forwards would kill for.

The problem Watford now have is in the respect of their own success. If they go up to the Premier League, Udinese will surely be very impressed by the part Vydra has played in that, increasing the likelihood that they will want to keep him.

Often when clubs send players out on loan, they don’t seem very quick in selling those players if they’ve had the sort of impact the 21-year-old has.

So how exactly can Watford go about keeping him? Well it’s all going to come down to the manager Gianfranco Zola and the owners of the club.

Zola will have to fight and plead very hard for the club to try and get the owners to sanction and force through the move, which is possible due to their Udinese roots and the contacts they have at the Italian club.

Zola has created a system which compliments the way Vydra plays, which makes it even more significant to keep the manager happy.

The timing is right as well with Vydra’s contract at Udinese running down. Watford can make a good and fair offer for him, which shouldn’t be a problem, especially if they go up.

If Udinese like the look of this fair offer then they may have no choice but to sell because there is no guarantee that they will get him to sign a new long term deal if they refuse to sanction any desirable permanent move to Watford.

The risk of that is that he could obviously leave the club next summer on a free transfer, which would leave them at a huge disadvantage.

The contract situation makes another loan deal for next season seem unlikely, although Udinese may be willing to put some pressure on themselves in terms of sorting out his permanent future for at least another season.

Watford are going to get first refusal but they have to act sensibly and quickly because Vydra’s performances are going to have grabbed the attention of plenty of other teams around Europe.

Do Watford have any chance of keeping him?

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