Derby would be unrealistic to demand more than £12m for Matej Vydra

Matej Vydra of Derby celebrates during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Nottingham Forest at iPro Stadium on October 15, 2017 in Derby, England.

Derby County’s Matej Vydra has been linked with several clubs.

Matej Vydra of Derby County bursts through the Barnsley defence during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Barnsley at iPro Stadium on May 6, 2018 in Derby, England.

Derby County forward Matej Vydra has been linked with several clubs this summer after topping the Championship scoring charts last term, but the Rams must be realistic over his valuation.

A recent report in the Yorkshire Evening Post claimed fellow Championship side Leeds United are contemplating a move for him, though Derby will demand a fee in excess of £10 million.

The Rams bought Vydra for around £8 million from Watford following a poor campaign on loan at Reading, overpaying for the player, though the Czech international has displayed his talent since by topping the charts with 21 goals.

When you see how much Aston Villa spent on Scott Hogan and with the likes of James Maddison and Jack Grealish lined up for big-money moves this summer, Derby fans expect a big fee for Vydra.

Matej Vydra of Derby County in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Barnsley at iPro Stadium on May 6, 2018 in Derby, England.

But the Czech international is somewhat of an anomaly, whereby he is only worth around £12 million or possibly more when played as a number 10 in a counterattacking system designed to get the best out of him.

When deployed as a lone forward, a wide forward or as a focal striker then he isn’t anywhere near as effective, as proven by his stints at West Bromwich Albion, Reading and under former Derby boss Steve McClaren.

Vydra is an exciting player who possesses an abundance of ability at Championship level, but only when played a certain way. His lack of versatility is an issue, especially when considering paying such a hefty fee.

Players such as Chris Wood, who left Leeds United for Burnley for around £15 million, is worth such a figure as he can play as a lone centre-forward utilised as a pivot, a link-up striker or in a front two.

Ruben Neves of Wolverhampton Wanderers moves away from Matej Vydra during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Derby County at Molineux on April 11, 2018 in...

Vydra, on the other hand, hasn’t reached anywhere near his potential being deployed in other systems or positions therefore unless he is deployed as a number 10, he really isn’t worth an eight-figure fee.

The Derby Telegraph reported that Vydra could even be sold for £7 million, though such a figure is nonsensical given how the Rams paid more for him 24 months ago coming off the back of a poor campaign.

Nevertheless, Derby boss Frank Lampard should consider selling the Czech ace, with any funds being raised put back into the team in the form of young, hungry players with lots of potential.

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