Matej Vydra, who should start tonight against Gillingham, hopes he will be at Watford at the end of the month and survives the inevitable cull amid the flurry of new signings.
Vydra is one of the foreign players under threat following the arrival of six non home-grown players and, with at least another two on the way, he will be sweating over his spot in the 25-man squad.
“I like to be here in Watford,” Vydra said in an interview for the club website. “I had two great seasons here and I’m always happy to be back. I hope I will be here.”
Troy Deeney said earlier this month that Vydra has matured following his loan spell at Reading and that the Czech international remains “the best finisher at the club by a mile”. Vydra has knuckled down during pre-season, is desperate to resurrect his Watford career and is clearly a darling among the fans who chanted his name when he warmed up on Saturday.
“Last season [Reading fans] sung my name but it’s not the same,” he said. “They [Watford fans] know what I did for this club and it’s nice to hear this. For me, it was amazing to be back, the fans were really good,” he said. “When I started the warm-up in the first-half, they started singing my name and it’s nice to hear this.”
We have been told Vydra, who has four years left on his contract, does not want a third loan move in four seasons if he is deemed surplus to requirements by Walter Mazzarri who only gave him 115 out of 540 minutes in pre-season. Tonight’s game, against Gillingham, therefore represents a big chance for the striker to show what he can do.
“They [Gillingham] are playing League One so they will fight for every ball but we have Premier League experience and we have to run like them and try to create our football,” said. “This competition is hard, especially against these teams. I hope we will go through. We have to be focused from the first second until maybe 120 minutes. We don’t know what the result will be, but we have to fight for every ball and I hope we do well this evening and we will win.”