Nationality: Czech Republic
Matej Vydra will be following on from the best season of his career as the 2018/19 campaign gets underway.
His 21 league goals secured the Championship Golden Boot and it was the best league goalscoring season of his career so far, as he surpassed the 20 goals that he scored for Watford back in 2012/13.
Vydra stepped up massively as Derby reached the play-offs with a series of magnificent performances in his preferred No.10 role, after a difficult debut campaign as Pride Park Stadium in which he spent time out wide and in a lone-striker role.
He began his playing career in his homeland with first Vysočina Jihlava and then Baník Ostrava before linking up with Italian side Udinese in 2010.
The majority of his time at Udinese was spent out on loan, first at Belgian side Club Brugge in 2011/12 before he moved to England in the summer of 2012.
He scored 22 times in all competitions during a season-long loan at Watford, then in the Championship, in 2012/13 as they reached the Play-Off Final, losing to Crystal Palace, but his performances saw him named as the Championship’s Player of the Season.
Vydra was on the move again in 2013/14, spending the entire campaign on loan at West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League but he returned to Watford in another season-long loan deal during the summer of 2014 and hit the back of the net 16 times as the Hornets secured automatic promotion to the Premier League.
Vydra completed a permanent move to Watford in the summer of 2015 after scoring 38 goals in 85 Championship appearances for the Hornets, but he made just one League Cup appearance before spending the entire campaign back in English football’s second tier at Reading.
He scored nine times in 36 outings before returning to Vicarage Road and then sealing a move to Derby.