Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas has spoken about his loan move to Fulham after spending 18 months at Middlesbrough, and says the Sky Bet Championship side offers him a chance to build up his game time.
“(I moved to Fulham) to play games, that’s what I need,” he told the official Chelsea club website. “The second point is to win something. I got promoted with Middlesbrough and I think Fulham have the squad to get promoted as well.
“The season has been a bit up and down so far, but we are close to the play-offs and there are so many games things can turn very quickly.
“I have always been a central defender and I got the offer to play centre-back at Fulham. I said it didn’t matter where I played, I knew the most important thing is to play.
“I was alternating between right-back and centre-back at Boro, but if I could choose I prefer to play centre-back. I told that to Slavisa Jokanovic.”
Kalas’ versatility proved crucial for Boro during the promotion run-in, and the player rarely looked out of depth in the division. So what qualities does he feel defenders must have to be a Championship success?
“It’s a mix of everything as a defender. You can’t be slow as a central defender because some strikers are fast,” Kalas said.
“You can’t focus on one thing. You can be strong but if it takes two weeks for you to turn then it’s difficult because a player will be past you and shooting while you are still turning. It’s a balance.”