‘Vydra needs to be more consistent’

Walter Mazzarri says he will have very little say in determining the Watford future of Matej Vydra

Mazzarri gave Vydra 115 out 540 minutes in pre-season, the last two minutes against Chelsea and just over an hour against Gillingham on Tuesday night, suggesting he sees him playing a peripheral role this season. However, he said owner Gino Pozzo and chief executive Scott Duxbury will make the final call.

Scott Duxbury (top left) and Gino Pozzo (bottom(

“I have a little input in this but, really, it’s the club who decides,” he said. “Vydra is a good player and I respect him. I gave him an opportunity on Tuesday and he played very well. He could have been more consistent.”

Vydra is a consistent performer in the Championship, someone whose goals helped fire Watford to the playoff final in 2013 and then to the Premier League in 2015.

Picture by Franziska Empl
Picture by Franziska Empl

Derby have been the first club to formalise their interest and the club are expecting plenty more calls regarding his availability between now and Wednesday. They will listen to offers but there is, we are told, no real desire to sell, just a need to cut the number of foreign players by four at this stage. Vydra has been called up to the Czech Republic squad so will need to be summoned back from international duty if Watford decide to accept a bid that is too good to turn down.