When Jiri Skalak joined Millwall in the summer of 2018, the winger was hoping to revive his career after falling out of favour at Brighton & Hove Albion.
Sadly for the Czech Republic man though his time at The Den didn’t quite work out as hoped.
Skalak arrived in the UK halfway through the 2015-16 campaign, signing for the Seagulls from Mlada Boleslav in his native country having scored eight times in 16 appearances from the flank that season.
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He had an immediate impact at the AMEX, scoring twice and assisting six times in his first half-season and the following campaign he played 31 times in the league, but promotion to the Premier League hindered his playing chances and after a full season of inactivity he headed to South Bermondsey in 2018.
Skalak could never really figure his way into Neil Harris’ plans though, making just 14 Championship appearances in his debut season at The Den and spending a lot of time on the bench.
Things failed to change for Skalak when Gary Rowett took over in October 2019 as he made just 11 league outings for the new boss in the 2019-20 season, and after just three appearances last season the winger returned to the club he departed in 2016 for Brighton in Mlada Boleslav for an undisclosed fee – but how’s he getting on back there?
Clearly making up for lost time, Skalak slotted straight into the Boleslav team upon his return, making 16 appearances at the back end of the season in the Czech top tier but he had to wait until the current campaign to get on the scoresheet once again.
His first goal since his return came against FK Pardubice and in 12 league matches this season, Skalak has scored three times and assisted once.
Now at 29 years of age, Skalak should really be in the prime of his career but the fact that he spent years on the bench in England will not have helped his development.
Back in his home country though the Fortuna Liga should start to see the best of the wide player once again but it doesn’t look like his side will be title challengers this season.