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Profit Players: Matej Vydra

Profit Players: Matej Vydra

Watford supporters have been in fine voice in recent times after seeing their side record a second successive Premier League victory at the weekend.

Javi Gracia’s men went into their meeting with lowly Huddersfield Town off the back of impressively beating Wolves 2-0 in their preceding league encounter, and thus full of confidence ahead of the visit of David Wagner’s Terriers. And the Hornets secured all three points at Vicarage Road as goals from Roberto Pereyra, Gerard Deulofeu, and Isaac Success sealed a routine 3-0 win for the Hertfordshire-based outfit, a result which kept them seventh in the Premier League table.

Thus, there have been many thrilled Watford fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom will be hoping for their side to improve even more as the season wears on given they were reasonably active during the transfer window.

And in luring the likes of Deulofeu and Ben Foster to Vicarage Road, the club’s hierarchy were praised by many for the business they conducted, yet the same cannot be said of the deal former boss Quique Flores clinched back in 2015 in luring Matej Vydra to the club permanently.

And while the Hornets did remarkably well to earn a £900,000 profit from the striker, having signed him for £7.56 million (as per Transfermarkt) in 2015 and selling him for £8.46 million (as per Transfermarkt) 12 months later, it was a deal that turned out to be a huge mistake by the ex-Hornets chief.

Ultimately, the Czech Republic international made his name in English football at Watford on loan back in the 2012/13 campaign and then again in the 2014/15 season, netting 20 times first time round to help the club finish third in the Championship, before bagging 16 a few seasons later to inspire the Hornets to automatic promotion to the Premier League.

Sandwiched in between those stellar seasons was a testing spell at West Brom in the top-flight, which was perhaps suggestive of Vydra’s struggles to replicate his Championship goal-scoring form in the Premier League, yet that didn’t stop Flores splashing the cash to lure the 26-year-old to the club permanently in the summer of 2015.

And that proved to be a huge mistake as Vydra was indeed unable to produce the goods in the top-flight, to the point that he spent the best part of the next few years out on loan to Championship sides, with Reading the beneficiaries in the 2015/16 season, and then Derby County the season later.

In fact, the Czech star managed just three appearances for the Hornets during his third spell at the club to underline just how big an error it was to lure him to Vicarage Road permanently – he is clearly an excellent Championship goal-scorer, but can’t cut it in the Premier League.

That has again been evidenced by his fine spell at Derby, in which he netted 21 times under Gary Rowett last season to help the Rams finish in the top six, only to earn a move to Burnley during the summer, which has since seen him start just twice in the league under Sean Dyche.

Thus, while Vydra played a vital part in helping Watford win promotion to the Premier League back in 2015, making his move permanent, despite his prior struggles in the top-flight, was something of a mistake – they were undoubtedly fortunate to make a profit on his services 12 months later.

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