The Premier League has sent many admiring glances towards the Championship this season. Crystal Palace’s Wilfred Zaha has already agreed to join Manchester United in the summer, and it is likely that many teams will be sniffing around Blackpool’s Tom Ince in the summer.
Outside of the Championships ‘big two’ however much interest has also been directed at Watford’s on loan forward Matej Vydra. Watford have benefited hugely from having the Pozzo family involved with the club. The wealthy Italians are patrons of Udinese and Granada and have been using Zola’s team as a guinea pig factory for his large pool of young footballing talent.
Out of the mildly exaggerated 87 players that Watford have on loan this season it has been Matej Vydra that has impressed the most. The 20 year old Czech’s impact should not have come as a surprise. After confirming the signing of the promising youngster in August Watford boss Gianfranco Zola went on record as saying, "He gave me good sensations - he can become a very important player for us."
"He hasn't trained very much with us but he's catching up very quickly.”
The Chelsea legend’s premonition was not inaccurate. Vydra has been in sensational form this season, scoring 20 goals in 29 appearances for Watford. He has also contributed 8 assists, causing the exciting youngster to be linked with clubs such as Arsenal and Tottenham. Watford were also supposedly keen to turn the loan move into a permanent one but, recent comments from Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin suggest that Vydra’s future may lay back in Italy. "I expected him to do so well in England. I didn't want him to leave, as I like him and wanted him to come to Udine (following previous loan spell with Club Brugge)."
"The club decided to send him out on loan and that's fair enough, considering he is only 20 years old," Guidolin added.
With Vydra’s stock having risen so rapidly during his stint at Watford it is unlikely that Udinese will want to give up such a promising talent easily.
With the exception of a ridiculously large bid, from one of the Premiership’s big boys, perhaps the best chance of keeping Vydra in English football would be Watford gaining promotion this season.
Watford currently sit second in the Championship, with Vydra still only 20-years-old the Pozzo family may be willing to allow their prodigy one more season on loan, to see if he has the ability to cut it in England’s top tier.
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