MOT View: Permanent move for £7.5m-rated striker seems unlikely, but could he do a job on loan?
And we’re off! The January window might be a way off opening but Leeds United are already being linked with a previous striker target.
Matej Vydra was strongly linked with Leeds in the summer of 2018, with Sky Sports reporting that an £11m move fell through over personal terms, with the striker wanting to play in the Premier League.
Vydra got his dream move to Burnely but it’s turned into a nightmare for him.
He made 13 Premier League appearances last season and scored one goal but only started three games.
He hasn’t started this season and has only played a total of 58 minutes, with first-choice strikers Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes in good form. Vydra is also behind Jay Rodriguez in the pecking order.
Now, the Mirror (November 22, p74) is reporting that Leeds are tracking Vydra again, with Burnley rating him at £7.5m. That would see them taking a loss of £3.5m on the player.
This doesn’t make a lot of sense for Leeds.
Patrick Bamford leads the line for Leeds and Marcelo Bielsa has Eddie Nketiah to call on, with the Arsenal loanee nearing a return to fitness.
However, if Nketiah is recalled by Arsenal because he hasn’t played enough, Leeds might look to strengthen on loan. And they would have the money to do it.
Vydra has had three stand-out seasons in the Championship, scoring 20 goals (Watford – 12/13), 16 goals (Watford – 14/15) and 21 goals (Derby – 17/18) in the division. He’s got form at this level.
He also offers something different to Bamford – he’s got speed and can play as a secondary striker or on the right-wing, where he’s featured recently for the Czech Republic. We’d be happy to see Leeds take him on a loan until the end of the season.
However, in LancsLive, it was said this week that Vydra would prefer a permanent move to a loan deal.
We can’t see any way Leeds would want Vydra on a permanent deal when he’s struggled in the Premier League. And that’s without taking into account the financials, which would likely make the move extremely difficult.
A loan might be a possibility if that was on offer but would Leeds want a player who turned them down before? Sky reported that Vydra was concerned about signing for a Championship club that had finished below Derby (in the 17/18 season).
This one seems unlikely.
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