Get involved: send your pictures, video, news and views by texting WO to 80360, or email us
Steve Clarke received 'really good feedback' from inside Watford on new West Brom signing Matej Vydra
9:45am Tuesday 13th August 2013 in Sport
West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke says he received "really good feedback" from within Watford regarding new signing Matej Vydra.
Clarke is a close friend of Hornets boss Gianfranco Zola having played together at Chelsea and the former defender was Zola's assistant manager during his spell in charge of West Ham United. Watford's ex-fitness coach Ade Mafe also knows Clarke well from their time at the Blues.
Vydra scored 22 goals playing for Zola's Golden Boys last season and the 21-year-old has today completed his loan move to West Brom from Udinese.
Albion head coach Clarke told West Brom's website: "I’m delighted to welcome Matej to the club. He had a really good year with Watford and we believe he’s got the qualities to score goals at a higher level. Hopefully, he’ll show that this year with us.
"We had Matej watched throughout last season. As well as some excellent scouting reports, we had some really good feedback from within Watford about Matej as both a player and person.
"I’ve said previously we’re a bit light in the forward areas and Matej will increase competition for places. He’s another good quality striker to add to the other three senior forwards we have here."
West Brom's sporting and technical director Richard Garlick added: "Matej is a player we watched consistently last season due to the level of his performances for Watford and the number of goals he scored.
"We faced a lot of competition for his signature and we’re delighted he has chosen us to make the step up to Barclays Premier League level.
"Matej feels he can be successful here and we believe he will bring a different dimension to our attacking options.
"He’s a clever player, is quick and can play anywhere across the front three positions, or in a slightly withdrawn role."
Vydra's loan signing was confirmed this morning. More here.
Comments are closed on this article.