Lubomir Michalik made 76 appearances for Leeds United between 2007 and 2010.
The Slovakian centre-half got his first move to England with Bolton Wanderers in January 2007. Bolton were a Premier League outfit at the time but soon after his move to the old Reebok Stadium, Michalik joined Leeds United on-loan.
In half-a-season at Elland Road he proved a hit. But Michalik would soon return to Bolton, and then Leeds Manager Dennis Wise retained an interest in signing him permanently.
It wouldn’t be until January 2008 though that Michalik became a Leeds United player, and it was Gary McAllister who signed him. His first year with the club was his best – up until McAllister’s sacking in December 2008, Michalik alongside Paul Huntington were the first-choice centre-backs.
Simon Grayson replaced McAllister, though he wasn’t as keen on the Slovak. He’d made 20 league appearances in only the second-half of the 2007/08 season but in the next two under Grayson, he made 32 in total.
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Michalik was placed on the transfer list in the summer of 2010 without second thought. But he ended up signing for Carlisle United on-loan, who he later signed for permanently in January 2011. With Carlisle, Michalik would make 75 appearances throughout his two seasons there, lifting the Football League Trophy in 2011.
After his 2012 Carlisle exit, Michalik signed a month-long contract at Portsmouth, followed by a year in Kazakhstan.
Today aged 38, Michalik plays for Slovakian outfit SKF Sered. It’s his fourth Slovakian team since returning to his homeland in 2013, but he’s yet to feature for them.
Once a fine defender on his day. Michalik had a lot of qualities and was a decent passer of the ball too – his Leeds exit was sharp and fairly brash, and perhaps he warranted more time at the club.