Leeds United appear to be on the brink of making an excellent acquisition. The Whites are being linked with a move for Matej Vydra and, as reported by The Telegraph it is a deal which has legs.
They report this evening that Derby County have left the Czech Republic international at home as they prepare to sell him for £11 million to their Championship rivals.
The move will no doubt leave one former Leeds manager extremely happy. Steve Evans was a divisive figure during his time at Elland Road. One area he always wanted to improve was in the number 10 role.
In fact, he specifically mentioned Vydra by name. Speaking in January 2016 he stated:
“I think we are missing a genuine ten player. That one who can link that midfield (and attack).
“You know, not Vydra, but almost like a Matej Vydra type who can pull into those holes, pull into wide areas and suddenly create room and opportunities and who is very talented on the ball. Someone who unlocks defences.”
It is a position that Leeds did eventually fill. Pablo Hernandez’s arrival was perfect as a foil behind the striker Chris Wood. Vydra’s game has now moved on. He is still excellent in the pocket behind but he has developed an ability to play higher up the field as a number nine.
The signing of Vydra would be massive from Leeds, two years after he was used as the pillar for what they should have been targetting.
Whether he comes in as a number 10 or a number nine, it should turn out to be £11 million well spent.