Burnley forward Matej Vydra says he is fully aware he will have to fight for first-team football at Turf Moor and he is happy to do so. The Czech international has found himself down the pecking order under manager Sean Dyche, with the likes of Chris Wood, Ashley Barnes and Jay Rodriguez preferred in attack.
However, Vydra impressed in his appearance off the bench against Brighton at the weekend after he assisted Jeff Hendrick for the equaliser in the 1-1 draw at the Amex Stadium.
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The former Derby County star says he was happy with his performance as a substitute and claims he will look to help the team in any way he can throughout the Premier League campaign.
He told the club’s official website: “I’m here to help the team. If you come off the bench, you have to show the best of you even if you only have 10 minutes. “I was waiting for the chance and you have to grab it when you get it. Hopefully the gaffer will be happy with me and I’m happy because I made an assist and we got a point.”
Vydra was linked with a move away from Turf Moor, with teams in the Championship connected with a swoop for his services.
However, Burnley decided to hold on to the forward, who is likely to be linked with a move away in January once again.
Vydra knows he will have to bide his time and try and have an impact on the team whenever possible.
He added: “This is the Premier League. It’s tough to be here and you have to fight in every single session. There is only 11 who can play on the pitch. If you don’t play, you can be upset, you just have to fight”.
Burnley are next in action on Saturday when they welcome Norwich City to Turf Moor.