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Tomas Kalas - Player profile

General information
Squad number:
26
 
First name:
Tomas
 
Middle name:
-
 
Last name:
Kalas
 
Playing Position:
Defender
 
Nationality:
Czech Republic
 
Date of Birth:
Saturday, 15 May 1993
 
Place of Birth:
Olomouc, Czech Republic
 
 
Player description
On Wednesday 13th July 2016, Fulham announced the signing of Tomas Kalas on a season long loan deal from Chelsea.

A centre-back who can also operate on the right, Kalas spent the previous 18 months on loan with Middlesbrough, playing 47 times as they reached the Championship Play-Off Final in 2014/15, before winning promotion as runners-up behind Burnley last season.

The 23-year-old began his career at his hometown club Sigma Olomouc, joining Chelsea for a reported £5.2m in the summer of 2010.

After two seasons on loan at Dutch outfit Vitesse Arnhem, during which time he was named Czech Republic Young Player of the Year, he made his debut for his parent club in a 2-0 League Cup win at Arsenal in October 2013.

His Premier League debut and first start for Chelsea came at Anfield later that season, with Kalas impressing at the heart of defence as the Blues won 2-0.

Ahead of the 2014/15 season he moved on loan to FC Cologne in Germany, but he joined Boro in a similar deal midway through the campaign.

Having represented the Czech Republic at every youth level from Under-17 to Under-21, Kalas also has a number of caps for the senior side, making his debut in November 2012 against local rivals Slovakia.

On 5 August, Kalas made his debut in a 1–0 home victory over Newcastle United. Kalas made an injury-time block to deny Matt Ritchie's goal-bound shot, as he helped Fulham hold out for the clean-sheet.

Kalas missed his first league game on 24 September 2016 after picking up a hamstring injury.

On 29 October 2016, Kalas returned from his injury and went on to score his first goal for Fulham in a 5–0 win over Huddersfield Town.

Fulham qualified for the playoffs that season but lost 2–1 on aggregate in the semi-finals to Reading, with Kalas conceding the winning penalty by committing handball.

On 27 July 2017, Kalas signed a new four-year contract with Chelsea and rejoined Fulham on loan for a second season.He was sent off after 39 seconds on 12 August in a 1–1 draw at Reading for a foul on Mo Barrow.

Kalas won promotion from the Championship with Fulham with the defender playing a key part as the Cottagers secured a place in the top-flight via the play-offs last season, 2017/2018.

Fulham did not take up an option on his contract and he returned to Chelsea.

Source: Fulham FC



Transfer information
Transferred in from:
Chelsea
 
Transferred in date:
Wednesday, 13 July 2016
 
Transferred in value:
Loan
 
Transferred out to:
Chelsea
 
Transferred out date:
Monday, 16 July 2018
 
Transferred out value:
N/A
 
 
Playing information
Season League FA Cup Lg Cup Europe Other Total
P G Y R P G Y R P G Y R P G Y R P G Y R P G Y R
2016/2017 21 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 1 1 0

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