Walter Mazzarri says he is yet to make his mind up on Matej Vydra and that his inclusion in the Premier League squad could depend on who comes in through the door before the end of the month.
Vydra has scored 38 goals in 65 Watford starts and is chomping at the bit to establish himself as a top-flight player with Watford. However, he is yet to start a game under Mazzarri and is clearly fourth choice behind Troy Deeney, Odion Ighalo and Isaac Success. Vydra will be the cover striker on the bench tomorrow, as Success is out injured, and he got a ringing endorsement from the captain yesterday, but his long-term prospects will hinge on whether the club can make better use of his spot as one of the foreign players in the squad.
“We will see,” said Mazzarri this morning. “When a new manager arrives, like I did, the club told me to evaluate all of the players. This is what I did and what I am still doing. It will depend on the ideas of the team and the ideas of the club, but also the ideas of the player and if he wants to stay. There is not only the Premier League but also cup games. We need to see what other players arrive. Hopefully other big players will arrive.”
Mazzarri was asked how deals are progressing to strengthen the spine of the team with a defender, a midfielder and an attacking midfielder. Matías Fernández, a 30-year-old attacking midfielder at Fiorentina, is the latest name to be linked with the spot just behind the strikers.
“I prefer the club speaks instead of me but yes, there will be two or three that will be arriving soon,” he said. “I don’t want to give names. If you want to give me Watford names, then I will speak.”