Walter Mazzarri twice declined the chance last night to confirm Matej Vydra will be at Watford beyond the end of the month.
Vydra, who only played 115 minutes out of 540 in pre-season, was withdrawn after 65 minutes last night with Watford 1-0 up and in the driving seat.
“We did want to not risk the situation so we put someone [Etienne Capoue] on from the first team,” said Walter Mazzari in a statement many Vydra fans will be hoping was lost in translation.
Vydra wasted no time in linking up with Troy Deeney after they were paired together for the first time since the final home game of the promotion-winning season. Their link-up play was a highlight of the first hour and the way he spun off the shoulder of the last defender was reminiscent of his form in 2012-13 and the promotion-winning season.
“He played, not a problem,” said Mazzarri. “He had the chance to play and he played well.”
Mazzarri was asked directly by us if Vydra is part of his plans and replied: “I’m not making anyone leave. If some like to leave, because they don’t get enough minutes, then no problem.”
The way Vydra acknowledged the crowd when he was substituted and the way he joined Troy Deeney on a lap of the pitch at the end of the game smacked of someone waving goodbye.
“We’re hoping that’s not the last we see of Matej Vydra,” said Jon Marks on the live match commentary.
Here is Watford’s foreign player situation on the basis Daryl Janmaat and Sofian Boufal sign:
Foreign players: Heurelho Gomes, Allan Nyom, Miguel Britos, Valon Behrami, Matej Vydra, Odion Ighalo, Sebastian Prodl, Jose Holebas, Etienne Capoue, Giedrius Arlauskis, Juan Carlos Paredes, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Costel Pantilimon, Nordin Amrabat, Adlene Guedioura, Juan Camilo Zuniga, Christian Kabasele, Brice Dja Djedje, Younes Kaboul, Roberto Pereyra, Daryl Janmaat, Sofian Boufal.
Out the door: Arlauskis, Paredes
Under threat: Guedioura, Vydra, Nyom, Dja Djedje,