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Watford boss Gianfranco Zola believes young striker will improve with time
Goal hero Matej Vydra will get better and better as he starts to adapt to English football, according to Watford boss Gianfranco Zola.
Vydra, whose injury-time winner saw the Hornets beat Crystal Palace 3-2, has signed for the club on a season-long loan deal from Udinese.
And Zola believes there is more to come from the talented 20-year-old.
“He is going to get better and better because he is still learning and he needs time to learn about English football,” he said.
“We are going to give him time to improve because Matej has got the qualities to make a good impression on this team.”
Zola chose not to start Vydra after he had played 120 minutes against Wycombe the week before.
He said: “Matej was a little bit tired but I knew that when he comes on he can change games so I waited for the right moment and he scored.”
Watford’s head coach also praised another youngster, Connor Smith, who was making his debut for the club.
Zola said: “Connor is a player who has a lot of potential and we have a lot of faith in him for the future.”
Smith was handed a professional contract in April. The versatile player, who can play in midfield or in attack, joined the Academy after finishing runner-up in Sky’s Football’s Next Star.