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View From The Town End: Matej Vydra

So Reading have completed a deal to sign Watford's Matej Vydra on loan but what can we expect from the Czech forward? Watford podcaster Mike Parkin gives us his view.

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Suffice to say 99% of all Watford supporters will be disappointed to see him go, albeit on loan.

The timing just isn't great as Watford haven't exactly been banging them in left, right and centre, whilst Vydra hasn't been given a chance...

He's extraordinarily quick as you'll no doubt know and when he's on song, there isn't a better finisher around. He has, in my opinion, the chance to become a top, top striker.

The thing holding him back is probably his attitude and demeanour. He can look disinterested and forlorn on the pitch when things aren't going his way and his form obviously suffers when he isn't happy. He has been the subject of transfer issues before when at Watford and his form dropped off a cliff as a direct result. Manuel Almunia, club captain at the time, was very critical of him at the end of that season, so it was obviously not just a supporters perception.

I guess you could call him mercurial. Unstoppable on his day but pretty hopeless and really rather depressing when his heart isn't in it. He's not very good at hiding his emotions is our Matej... To be perfectly honest, the Pozzo family and QSF are pretty experienced and seem to know what they are doing, so if Vydra had conquered his demons and was ready to take the Premier League by storm, he probably wouldn't be heading to Reading. That said, if you can get him on the goal trail and keep him smiling you'll have one of the most fearsome strikers in the division on your hands.

On the surface of things it's a move that may come as a shock to many, but it's one that could work well for both parties. Reading get a potentially lethal striker for a season and although the cost appears to be considerable for a loan deal (somewhere between £2m and £3.5m) if he plays to his potential he'll be worth every penny. On the flipside, he remains Watford's player and he'll be continuing to get game time as his career hopefully progresses. It's easy to forget he had played next to no first team football before joining Watford three seasons ago, so his career is still very much in its infancy.

Expect fellow Championship supporters to be envious and an increased interest in Reading fixtures from Hornets fans. It'll be fascinating to see how he gets on.

Thanks again to Mike and you can listen to him on the From The Rookery End Podcast.