The Monday Profile: Ľubomà­r Michalà­k

Posted by on May 31, 2010 in The Monday Profile | One Comment

From hereon in for a few weeks, the Monday Profile will be casting its eye over performers and, given that some 28s and 29s are yet to be whittled down, likely performers in the coming Azanian bunfight. The English speaking squads of the US, New Zealand and Australia constitute the most likely places of refuge for Championship personnel, but others will be dotted about the veld and having faced up to the grim fact that Leeds United are unfortunately back among us, we turn our attentions to towering Slovak centre back Ľubomà­r Michalà­k.

He may not start, and he is on the point of leaving Leeds, but Martin Å krtel’s injury ravaged season will give him hope of a place. and, despite uncertainty over the providers of next season’s pay packet, opposition including a creaky, aging Italy, a dogged but uninspired Paraguay and the likely whipping boys of New Zealand will give cause for confidence. Indeed, Michalà­k’s grenadier guardsman persona might be just the trick against the lumpen Kiwi trio of Wood, Killen and Fallon, not to mention the less than vintage Azzurri front men, Rossi, Iaquinta and Gilardino, and a Roque Santa Cruz currently down on his luck.

Michalà­k has been at Elland Road for a few seasons now and survived the trauma of relegation relatively well at first, partnering Paul Huntington in the Peacocks’ first Tier 3 campaign, having initially joined on loan from Bolton (a goal at Stamford Bridge having provided the highlight of his spell as a Trotter.) But, Simon Grayson lost patience in time and the ÄŒadca born player has generally been forced to make way for Patrick Kisnorbo and Richard Naylor in subsequent months. Still, involvement in more than credible whites performances against Man Yoo and Spurs this season augurs well for a manager looking for big game temperaments. Big Lubo may be leaving Yorkshire but he has a chance of a South African get out clause.
Rob Langham
Rob Langham is co-founder of the defiantly non-partisan football league blog, The Two Unfortunates, a website that occasionally strays into covering issues of wider importance. He's 50 and lives in Oxford while retaining his boyhood support of Reading FC. He tweets as @twounfortunates and has written for a number of websites and publications including The Inside Left, When Saturday Comes, In Bed with Maradona, Futbolgrad and The Blizzard as well as being nominated for the Football Supporters' Federation Blogger of the Year Award in 2013.

1 Comment

  1. Lanterne Rouge
    June 2, 2010

    Lubo didn't make it into the Slovakia squad in the end which might render this one of the most obscure Monday profiles we'll ever do.


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