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Reading FC Player In Focus: Matej Vydra

In the start of a new feature at The Tilehurst End, Michael takes a detailed look at Matej Vydra's time at Reading and gives you the chance to vote on his performances in the blue and white hoops.

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Vydra is a player with two great seasons at Championship level under his belt, scoring 20 goals and 16 respectively with Watford, having previously been unable to get into double figures. However, at only just 23, the striker's showing a lot of promise and displays a class first touch, agility and off the ball movement that all quality strikers desire.

The issue is Vydra has only scored two goals this season, which has been down to a combination of poor formations by Clarke, match fitness and our midfield not putting in the defence splitting through balls he was often used to at Watford - a team that contained creativity and flair in abundance.

Notable games for the poacher were Ipswich at home, Bristol City away and Hull City away. In particular, he was the best player for majority of the first half at Hull nearly assisting Williams right in front of goal, displaying spectacular foot work throughout and having a hand in Blackman's spectacular opener.

How do you rate Vydra? Vote below.

I am convinced with the right formation, more time on the ball and a couple of goals, we will see the clinical striker from last season. Watford fans hold him in high regard, with a lot of disgruntled fans displaying their views when the loan was agreed.

The issue is Brian McDermott will likely play a 4-4-2 or 4-5-1, and with three strikers expecting first-team football, it will likely be a task to accommodate all three from time to time. Sa and Blackman are possibly the desired line-up, but in my opinion Sa and Vydra compliment each other perfectly. Blackman is capable of playing just behind the front two as he offers flair and creativity as well as being able to cut a defence to shreds.

Current Rating: 6/10

End of season goal prediction: 14