In Focus: Derby County summer signing looks set for second chance under Rowett

Derby County striker Matej Vydra looks as though he will get another chance to impress under new Rams boss Gary Rowett after starting and scoring in the 2-2 draw against arch-rivals Nottingham Forest at the weekend.

What’s the story, then?

Well, the 24-year-old became the Rams’ club-record signing when he moved to Pride Park from Watford for £8.5m last summer, but has scored just four goals in 28 league appearances.

However, according to the Derby Telegraph, Rowett says that he was a big fan of the Czech attacker during his prolific spell with Watford a few years ago, and is hoping to see him find that form again.

What did Rowett say, then?

The former Birmingham City boss said: “I think back to the season Vyds had at Watford a few years ago when you felt ‘wow, what a player.

“He went to Reading and didn’t quite have the same sort of impact.

“Again, I will judge all of the players on what they do and again we have to cast half an eye on what we think we might need moving forward.”

Why has Vydra struggled?

While he was a consistent performer with the Hornets, the forward struggled during a loan spell with Reading last term, and has again this term with the Rams.

It’s hard to say exactly why that is the case, but much of it could be down to a lack of confidence and no consistent run in the side.

Vydra was a regular in the side under the managed that signed him last August – Nigel Pearson – but he struggled to get into the starting XI under previous County boss Steve McClaren.

Can he become a Derby star?

Of course he can.

He went some way to doing that by scoring away at local rivals Forest at the weekend, and if he can recapture the form that saw him score 20 goals and 16 goals in the 2012/13 and 2014/15 campaigns respectively for Watford, he could just spearhead the Rams’ bid to get back to the Premier League next season.