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Watford Striker Matej Vydra Beats Wilfred Zaha To Win Championship Player of the Year Award

Czech Republic forward beats off strong opposition to win Football League award.

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The 20-year-old Czech striker won the Championship Player of the Year award last night, beating a host of highly rated talent to the prize.

Currently on loan at Watford from Serie A giants Udinese has bagged 20 goals in 41 games for the Hornets this season and in doing so has taken the league by storm.

That meant that he beat the Manchester United bound Wilfred Zaha in what has been an impressive season for the Palace man.

Blackpool’s Tom Ince won the gong for best young player and ensured that the Crystal Palace man left the event in London empty handed.

Vydra’s performances this season have won him a whole list of admirers as clubs like Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester City are all said to be lining up for a closer look as he is now a fully fledged Czech international.

However, his boss at Watford, Gianfranco Zola, has different ideas; “I think he is keen to stay,” said Zola, “He likes what he is doing over here and it is good for his development.”

Ince payed tribute to his club, Blackpool, at the award ceremony after enduring a difficult start to his career at Liverpool; “It was not easy being at Liverpool, I probably had a bit of a silver spoon in my mouth, but I’ve learned so much at Blackpool.”

Other winners on the night included Matt Ritchie of Bournemouth who picked up the League One player award, Port Vale’s Tom pope scooped the League Two award and Bradford boss Phil Parkinson won the Football Manager Outstanding Managerial Achievement award.


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