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Matej Vydra

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Biography

Date of birth

01/05/1992

Height

180 cm

Signed

07/08/2018

Country

Czech Republic

Matej Vydra became the Claret’s third signing of the 2018 summer transfer window, after joining from Derby County.

The Czech international signed a three-year-deal, with a further 12-month option.

Before signing for Watford on a permanent basis in July, 2015, Vydra had two previous loan stints with the club, firing the Hornets to the Championship play-off final in 2012/13 and to automatic promotion two years later.

Vydra scored 20 league goals and 22 in total in his first year-long spell at Vicarage Road to be named Championship Player of the Year.

And after a season-long loan with the Baggies, his return to Watford in 2014/15 brought Vydra 16 more goals as the side managed by Slavisa Jokanovic returned to the top flight.

The Hornets then completed Vydra’s permanent signing from Udinese but loaned him out to Reading – where he scored nine times in 36 appearances in 2015/16 – and then sanctioned a club record move to Derby County in August, 2016.

Last season he top-scored in the Championship with 21 goals to spearhead the Rams’ promotion bid as they again reached the play-offs – losing to eventual winners Fulham.

Vydra – who started his career with Czech clubs Vysocina Jihlava and Banik Ostrava and has been capped 20 times by his country – was named Derby’s Player of the Year and also took the award voted for his team-mates.

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