21 year-old Matej Vydra was born in Czechoslovakia, and he is currently at Italian club Udinese, and last season he was on loan at Watford in the Championship and scored 22 goals in 44 total appearances for the Hornets.
Matej Vydra – 21 year-old Udinese striker
He looks a bit like Alan Smith
This is another article in our series of looking at some good young players who Newcastle may be wanting to sign now. or some time in the future, but we have no evidence that Newcastle are currently interested in any of these players.
Matej joined Udinese in June of 2010, after playing at Czech clubs Vysocina Jihlava and Banik Ostrava earlier in his career.
He joined Udinese after he was voted by sport journalists as the Czech Revelation of the Year for season 2009-2010 when he played at Banik Ostrava and scored 7 goals in 29 appearances, when he was just 18 years old.
Last August he was loaned out to Watford for the season, and he excelled in England and Watford even made the play-offs final, but just missed out on promotion to the Premier League, when they were beaten 1-0 by Crystal Palace at Wembley.
But the young striker who turned 21 on May 1st, did himself no harm at all.
Vydra was born in Chotebor, in the old Czechoslovakia, and he stands 5’11″ tall and is right footed.
In March Vydra won the 2012/2013 Championship Player of the Season award in his first season in English football – that’s what Kevin Nolan won back in 2010, when Newcastle gained promotion in our first season down under.
So this lad’s already a good player, and he’s played for all the Czech youth sides and 7 times for the full Czech Republic side with two goals.
If Newcastle want to bring in a good striker this lad would fit the bill, and he’s proved he can play well in the English league, and he would cost around €3M (£2.6M), according to transfermarkt.com – but he’s probably worth more than that.
But in mid-June there were reports that Udinese had already turned down an £8M offer for him from a Premier League club (Newcastle?).
It’s this kind of player we should be looking to sign, before he becomes far too expensive for Newcastle – but at over £8M, that may already be the case..
Here’s some video of this youngster.
What do you think?
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