Derby County have excluded Matej Vydra from the last three preseason games. It’s believed that the striker will be slowly pushed into the first team as he is still recovering from a groin injury. The Rams have played two friendlies so far and last season’s Championship top scorer has missed both of those games.
The future of Vydra at Pride Park is up in smoke as the Rams owner had indicated that they will need to cut down on their losses and Vydra happens to be the most valuable asset they have currently in their squad. The Czech Republican has been linked with quite a few Championship sides including Leeds United who are in desperate need of a goalscorer.
The Whites are short on goal scoring options and with less than a month to go before the end of this transfer window, they are still in search of a striker. There have been speculations that Frank Lampard wants to keep hold of the player but one cannot say anything for sure as long as the transfer window is open.
We have often seen clubs masquerade behind the injuries when a certain player’s future is uncertain. One cannot forget how Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool missed a few initial games of the last season due to a back problem when there were numerous speculations about his move to Barcelona. However, straight away at the international break, he was fit enough to represent Brazil.
Though Vydra’s situation looks genuine as Lampard recently said,” They(Vydra and Chris Martin) will not be ready for pre-season games. They will probably be ready for the start of the season, as such, a week later. They will not be far away, but we all want pre-season games. They are going to be very close to fitness but probably not for next Saturday (against Wolves).”
The 26-year-old striker managed 21 goals in the Championship which made him last season’s top scorer. The Rams came close to qualifying to the Premier League, however, they lost the playoff semifinal. On the other hand, Leeds United were far from challenging for the top six spot as they finished in the 13th spot. Even if Vydra decides to leave, it will be a bad decision on his part as the Rams are more likely to qualify for the Premier League.
The Peacocks seems to be waging a losing battle here as the likes of West Bromwich Albion will be ahead in the race to sign him. Until and unless the owners decide to splash the cash in upward of £1om mark for the striker, the Whites should probably look at other viable options instead of wasting their time behind the last season’s top scorer.
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