West Bromwich Albion seem to have snapped up one the most exciting strikers by signing Matej Vydra from Udinese on a season-long loan.
The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at Championship side Watford, and scored 20 goals in 41 appearances – with his strike against Leicester City in the play-offs being one of the most memorable during his time at the Hornets.
He is also a player blessed with a very good technique that is pleasing on the eye and makes intelligent runs into dangerous areas that you’d associate with a prolific goalscorer.
Though he is has been loaned out for the third consecutive season by his parent club, Vydra seems to be a real talent with potential to be a top class player, and he demonstrated his finishing ability in the Championship last season.
However, some will argue that the Premiership is a massive step up for the youngster and that it’s a different kettle of fish compared to the Championship.
A valid point, but one has to point to how Rickie Lambert adapted to Premiership life and has now been called up to the England squad with their friendly against Scotland.
Though their builds are slightly different – with Lambert a bigger physical presence and Vydra with a more slighter build – Vydra can excel during his time at The Hawthorns, with the style of play from Steve Clark not to dissimilar to that of Gianfranco Zola.
Will he score enough goals to make a significant difference on West Brom’s season? If he hits the ground running and is full of confidence then he will be a nuisance for any opposition, and with Nicolas Anelka also at the club, he has a very good role model with plenty of experience of scoring important goals – and someone to ask for advice.
A good move for all parties, and it makes West Brom that little bit more dangerous.
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