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Dyche Welcomes 'Different' Vydra

Burnley boss backs new signing's strength of character

9 August 2018

Sean Dyche believes Matej Vydra will add a new dimension to the Clarets’ squad.

And the Burnley boss feels his new recruit is ready to make his mark on the Premier League.

Vydra became Burnley’s third high-quality signing of the summer transfer window when the striker joined from Derby County on an initial three-year deal.

The 26-year-old was top scorer in the Championship last season with 21 goals as he led the Rams to the play-offs.

And his arrival at Turf Moor – after a couple of brief tastes of top-flight football earlier in his career with Watford and West Bromwich Albion – will perfectly complement the Clarets’ existing strikeforce, according to Dyche.

“He’s different from the strikers we’ve got. Most people who know him and know the game will know that,” said the Clarets’ chief.

“He offers a different positional sense where he can play as a deeper striker – a number 10 – but equally he can work off the shoulder of defenders as well.

“The biggest thing for me was that he’s at an age now where he’s slightly more rounded and I think that will hold him in good stead.

“He’s well-travelled, he’s a very strong-minded person, I think, who moved away at a very early age to get on with his football career.

“I think there’s a strength of character there and I think he made it clear this summer by not going to a number of different places he could have gone to, because of his desire to play in the Premier League.

“I think that’s a good feeling to have and in a market that’s very tough, the deal was refreshingly conducted in a really straight-forward and simple manner by all parties – the player, the agent and Derby County.”

Matej is not yet registered to play in the Clarets’ Europa League campaign and has not travelled with the squad to Turkey for Thursday night’s third qualifying round first leg against Istanbul Basaksehir.

But the Czech international – who has also experienced club football in Italy and Belgium ­– will be working with fitness staff at the Barnfield Training Centre as he builds towards launching his Clarets’ career in shirt number 27.

“We look forward to seeing what he can add,” Dyche added.

“He’s a bit behind the curve fitness-wise, so he’s got to catch up with that, and games-wise as well.

“But we’ll look forward to him enjoying playing at Burnley Football Club.”

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