Sebastian Prodl can’t even get on the Watford bench at the moment, but he’s still an important player for the Austria national team.
With zero minutes in the Premier League so far this season, Prodl has had to accept a solitary League Cup appearance.
He has a contract with Watford lasting until June 2021, and given that was only signed in September 2017 it shows the defender’s turn in fortunes at the Hornets.
There’s been questions around Prodl’s national status because of a lack of football, but during the last international he made it clear he wasn’t ready to leave.
The 31 explained: “Currently it does not affect me yet – with emphasis on not yet, but of course this can lead to impairment. And my next big goal with the national team is to qualify for Euro 2020… if the situation does not improve you have to think something over.”
Now, he’s been talking about Euro 2020 again and it’s clearly a big goal. Speaking to the Austrian FA’s magazine, Prodl’s words have been picked up by Nachrichten: “I have good status and respect, and I know that I can and will help the team.
“When I think of Euro 2020, I really want to be there to play my third finals, which would be a complete accomplishment.”
It’s pointed out by Nachrichten how out of the picture Prodl is at Watford, and the great unsaid is that it’s clear he’ll need to move if things don’t change, otherwise those 2020 dreams will slip away.