Leeds United Opinion: Why Matej Vydra will be a brilliant fit at Elland Road?
Back in July 2018, a report from the Sun claimed Leeds United were interested in signing Matej Vydra, who was then a part of Derby County. But a deal never materialised and instead, the Czech Republic forward joined Burnley in the summer transfer window.
Matej Vydra, 26, was the top scorer in the Championship last season, scoring 21 goals in 40 league appearances as Derby finished sixth in the table. But he endured a torrid time at Burnley so far, managing just one goal in 11 league appearances so far this season. In fact, the 26-year-old has started just five games, with just two starts coming in the Premier League.
Even if Vydra has failed to live up to the expectations at the Turf Moor, Leeds United should reignite their interest and sign him this summer.
Leeds United would need another forward within their attacking ranks, especially if they achieve promotion to the Premier League. They have automatic promotion in their sights, with Marcelo Bielsa’s men just a point above third-placed Sheffield United.
Kemar Roofe and Patrick Bamford are two strikers Bielsa has at his disposal. Roofe has done very well but injuries have limited him to just 28 games, in which he has hit 14 goals. Bamford has been the Whites’ main man in the attack of late and while he scored a hat-trick at Preston, the 25-year-old has been guilty of squandering a lot of chances in open goal as well.
If Leeds are to do well in the Premier League next season, they’ll need new additions to their squad. And Vydra will fit the bill perfectly at Elland Road, providing a big boost to the team’s attacking department. The Czech Republic international was in stunning form last season and gave a testament of his qualities, displaying what he can do if given regular opportunities.
Not only can Vydra play as a centre-forward, but also his ability to play off the no.9 and on the left will give Bielsa a lot of versatility up front. The former Watford man possesses good pace, dribbling skills and movement and will bring a certain level of directness to the Whites’ play.
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Furthermore, he has a peach of a left-foot that is capable of delivering absolute bangers from long distance.
Leeds do need another striker and signing someone like Vydra would be a step in the right direction. Given the Czech forward’s situation at Burnley, it won’t be much difficult for Bielsa to lure him away to Elland Road, provided the Peacocks achieve promotion.
Wolves’ defence would be ready for European challenges if they sign this old-school 26-year-old Englishman
Wolves Opinion: Why the Wanderers should go all out for James Tarkowski
According to a report from The Times, Wolves have enquired about the Burnley centre-back, James Tarkowski, who is also on the radar of Leicester City.
The England international, 26, helped Burnley avoid relegation from the Premier League. He was a rock at the back for the Clarets and made 35 appearances in the 2018/19 campaign, scoring three goals.
James Tarkowski is under contract at Burnley until 2022 and manager Sean Dyche is reluctant to sell one of his prized assets this summer. Nevertheless, Wolves must do everything possible to beat their Midlands rivals Leicester City to the signing of the 26-year-old defender.
Wolves enjoyed a fantastic return to the Premier League, with Nuno Espirito Santo’s side finishing seventh in the table. It means the Wanderers will have European football at the Molineux next season and that’s an incredible achievement.
Not only that, Nuno’s side have played exciting counter-attacking football and earned some excellent results against the ‘Big Six’. The investment last summer paid rich dividends and if the Midlands club are to do well in every competition next season, they need to have depth in the squad.
Wolves’ successful return to the Premier League was largely possible due to a strong back three which comprised of Conor Coady, Willy Boly and Ryan Bennett. They had established such a strong relationship between them that it made difficult for the opposition to score easily, especially at the Molineux.
However, an injury or suspension to either one of them could disrupt the system and force Nuno to use Romain Saiss or Leander Dendoncker in central defence. To avoid such circumstances next season, Nuno must prioritise adding depth to the squad and a player like James Tarkowski should be ideal.
Tarkowski has seen his stock consistently rise since moving from Brentford to Burnley in 2016, with him performing at a very high and consistent level. He is a proper old-fashioned centre-back who loves a battle or two with the centre-forwards. He is a physically strong player, which helps him win aerial duels on a regular basis. His reading of the game defensively has improved over time, which is a positive sign for any defender.
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The 26-year-old’s performances at Turf Moor over the last couple of seasons have been so impressive that he has already been called into Gareth Southgate’s England squad ahead of Wolves skipper, Conor Coady. Tarkowski’s addition will undoubtedly bolster Wolves’ ranks, whilst adding depth to the squad. He’ll also be a clear upgrade on Ryan Bennett, who looks to be the weakest of Nuno’s preferred back three.
Wolves need new additions to help them break into the top six next season and Tarkowski can just be the man to do that.
Leeds United shelling out £10m to sign this 27-year-old striker from the Premier League would be a massive coup
Leeds United Opinion: Why the Whites should sign Matej Vydra from Burnley?
According to a report from the Sun, Leeds United are planning a swoop for Burnley misfit, Matej Vydra. (h/t Lancs Live)
The Czech Republic forward, 27, joined Burnley from Derby County last summer but failed to make an impact in the Premier League. And after just one season, the Clarets are ready to let the 27-year-old leave the club and are hoping to recoup around £10 million for the player, the report adds.
Interestingly, Leeds United were very much interested in signing Matej Vydra from Derby, only for the move to fall through over personal terms. Despite scoring only once in 13 Premier League games this past season, the Whites must splash big to sign the forward this summer.
After coming so close and missing out on promotion last season, Leeds boss manager Marcelo Bielsa has to plot his summer moves very carefully. The Whites will be looking to go one step further in their quest for Premier League football next season and for that they’ll need reinforcements over the summer.
Bielsa will have learned a lot about his side last season, and he will know that his side often lacked firepower in the final third of the pitch. Kemar Roofe shouldered the responsibility of scoring goals and without his presence up front, Leeds lacked an out-and-out goalscorer. Patrick Bamford struggled to make an impact in his debut season at Elland Road, while the creative Pablo Hernandez blew hot and cold.
The Argentinean tactician needs to find a player that can share the goalscoring burden with the likes of Roofe and Bamford next season. That being said, Matej Vydra could be a brilliant fit for the Yorkshire giants.
Vydra is a proven Championship goalscorer, finishing as top scorer in 2017/18 campaign with 21 goals for Derby. That earned him a move to Burnley and while things haven’t panned out the way he would have liked it, the Czech remains a potent forward who’ll certainly help Leeds in their cause next season.
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The 27-year-old’s versatility to play up front or behind a striker should be appealing to Bielsa. He has a natural knack for goal and his record in the Championship is phenomenal, to say the least. Vydra knows where the net is and at 27, he has perhaps entered the prime years of his career.
It would be a major statement of intent by the Whites if they manage to sign Vydra from Burnley this summer, and one that should definitely put Bielsa’s side in good stead to win promotion next term.
Burnley signing this 24-year-old from fellow PL rivals would boost Dyche’s quest to add competition in the midfield – Agreed?
Burnley Opinion: Clarets should sign Harrison Reed to increase competition for places in the midfield
According to the Daily Mail, Burnley are interested in signing Southampton midfielder Harrison Reed this summer, with reports claiming that the 24-year-old’s good run of form on loan at Blackburn Rovers in the Championship has piqued the interest of Clarets boss Sean Dyche.
Reed impressed on his loan spell at Blackburn in the second-tier this past season and was one of the most influential performers for Tony Mowbray’s side, as the Ewood Park-outfit finished 15th in the Championship.
The 24-year-old contributed with a total of 3 goals and 5 assists in 33 Championship outings this past season, earning rave reviews for his versatility and consistently impressive performances in the process.
Prior to his loan spell at Blackburn, Reed spent the 2017-18 season on loan at Norwich City in the second-tier, where he featured both in his preferred central midfield role and also as a right wing-back. And it is understood that the Canaries are weighing up a move to bring the out-of-favour star to Carrow Road once again this summer.
A youth product of Southampton, Reed was tipped for great things as a youngster but he hasn’t quite gone on to fulfil his promise at St.Mary’s, managing only 30 appearances for the Saints in all competitions since making his debut back in the 2013-14 season.
Reed continues to be a flamboyant and versatile midfielder but he is no longer a promising youngster and Southampton need to make a call on his future sooner rather than later.
Reed, 24, is at a stage in his career where he should be entering his prime years and given the level of competition for places in the middle of the park at Southampton, it is highly unlikely that he would feature in manager Ralph Hasenhuttl’s plans for the upcoming season.
He as already been deemed surplus to demands at St.Mary’s and a permanent move away from his boyhood club should help him attain a degree of stability in his career. He has had consecutive loan stints at Norwich and Blackburn in the Championship and at 24, it is high time for him to settle down at a particular club if he really wants to make a name for himself in the Premier League.
Essentially a central midfielder by trade, Reed is also capable of playing in a box-to-box role on the right and left in the midfield. He has also been used to good effect as a defensive midfielder and as a wing-back down the right-hand side of the pitch, meaning that he is a highly versatile and dynamic footballer who can add a lot of value to any Premier League side.
Noted for his fluent passing, technical abilities on the ball and uncompromised work-rate, Reed is not only a tireless worker in central midfield but he is also adept at dealing with the transitions in play.
The 24-year-old excels with his ability to cut out attacks with crucial tackles and interceptions, whilst also possessing the creativity and vision to break the opposition’s lines. All in all, he is very much capable of shouldering both attacking and defensive responsibilities and a player of his calibre certainly provides cover in multiple areas of the pitch.
To put things into perspective, it should be an absolute no-brainer for Burnley to go all out in their pursuit of the former England youth international this summer, given that the Clarets need more quality in their midfield ranks to achieve better things in the Premier League.
Sean Dyche’s side managed to beat the drop quite comfortably this past season after some nervy moments but they need to look for upgrades in all areas of the pitch.
Burnley are currently not crying out for reinforcements in central midfield, with the likes of Jack Cork, Jeff Hendricks, Ashley Westwood and Steven Defour in their ranks.
Cork and Westwood did a pretty decent job in the No.6 role last term, while Hendricks chipped in with 3 goals in the Premier League from a more advanced No.8 role. Defour, on the other hand, struggled for form and fitness and question marks continue to linger over the Belgian’s future at Turf Moor.
The Clarets have the versatility of Robbie Brady in their ranks but they can certainly do with another quality midfielder like Harrison Reed. Having already proven his credentials in the Championship, Reed deserves a chance to play regularly in the Premier League and Burnley could have a gem on their hands if he goes on to fulfil his promise at Turf Moor.
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His aggression and high-intensity style of play would add another dimension to Burnley’s midfield and there is no reason why the Clarets shouldn’t swoop for him.
Having said that, the Clarets should look to try and beat off competition from Norwich City in their pursuit of the highly-rated Southampton academy graduate.
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