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Bristol City manager Lee Johnson has a three-way battle on his hands as he attempts to sign Burnley striker Matej Vydra, with Nottingham Forest and West Brom both keen on landing the 27-year-old, before the transfer window closes, according to a report on BristolLive.
Vydra has fallen down the pecking order at Turf Moor and does not seem to be in Sean Dyche’s plans moving forward, having only managed eight appearances in all competitions so far this season, scoring just a single goal.
So would Vydra prove a good addition at Ashton Gate, is he actually needed and would he make it into the Robins starting XI?
“Matej Vydra would be a top signing for any Championship side.
“The 27-year-old is one of the most prolific second-tier strikers that we’ve seen in recent years and so any move to bring him back would undoubtedly be a good move.
“Vydra is struggling for game-time with Burnley which means that they’re unlikely to stand in his way.
“The only obstacle would be the finances behind the move, but given his placing way down the pecking order at Turf Moor it’s likely that a deal could be struck.
“Bristol City are determined to bring in a frontman and appeared to have secured Eddie Nketiah, before expressing interest in Nahki Wells.
“They’ve been left disappointed so far but if a move for Vydra can be agreed then they’ll be laughing.”
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“He’s exactly what they need this season.
“I still think the Robins need a striker in this month’s transfer window, as I’m not convinced that Famara Diedhiou is the man to fire them into the play-off places this term.
“Vydra is a proven goalscorer at this level as well, having scored 22 goals for Derby earlier in his career in the 2017/18 season.
“I think he’d be somewhat of a coup for Lee Johnson’s side as well, and it would show a real statement of intent by the Robins as they look to consolidate their position inside the top-six in the Championship.
“If they don’t sign a striker in this month’s transfer window, then I have serious doubts as to whether they’ll finish inside the play-off places when the season concludes in May.
“They should be doing everything they can to land Vydra’s signature this month.”
“The streets won’t forget Matej Vydra. Once hailed as the Championship’s best, his career hasn’t lived up to it’s initial hype and now he finds himself at a cross-roads – he’s back-up at Burnley, so should he seek to prove himself on-loan somewhere?
“He’s shown in the past that he can cut it at this level – he scored 22 goals in the Championship for Watford in the 2012/13 season, and 21 for Derby County only three seasons ago. But Burnley have not utilised him properly. Sean Dyche, like he did with Nahki Wells, didn’t fulfill his promise of first-team football.
“It’s hard to see a player like Vydra go so far down the Burnley pecking order, and the neutral fan would love to see the Czech back in the Championship. He’s only 27-years-old, despite seeming like he’s been on the scene for years, and Bristol City could be a really good fit I think. They’ve two good strikers in Famara Diedhiou and Andreas Weimann, but Vydra offers something completely different to both of them.
“He’d have to work for his spot in the starting XI, and maybe Lee Johnson would have to tweak his tactics to accommodate him, but Vydra would be a fine signing in my opinion. He’s a player with promotion experience and he could well be the difference in Bristol City achieving promotion this season, or failing to reach the top-six again.”