Position: Attacking midfield
The good: Flashes of brilliance mixed in with some exceptional displays for Hamburg’s second string and becoming the attacking lynchpin of the Czech Republic’s Under-19 side.
The bad: Injury problems and his ability to be a Jack-Of-All-Trades attack minded midfielder that failed to hold down a regular position. Not to mention a contract that was up for renewal come the summer of 2015.
Way back when (in May 2011), Dominik Masek made his professional debut for Pribram. In doing so, he became the youngest debutant ever in the Czech top flight, a record that nobody has broken in the years since. Shortly afterwards, Hamburg called.
Four years later, Masek had failed to properly breakthrough in Germany. There was no denying that he was talented, but plenty of questions remained about his ceiling. After spending so much time in the Hamburg system without breaking through, it became clear that his time at the club was up.
Capable of playing out wide, as a number ten and even as a more conventional box-to-box midfielder, he was too flexible and versatile for his own good. When the German leagues resumed after their winter break, he continued in customary fashion: Good displays here and there, but ultimately incapable of nailing down a specific role.
The numbers were good, though. He ended the 2014-15 season with six goals from twenty-five appearances, not bad for somebody who seemingly appeared in every position apart from between the sticks during the campaign.
And so came the summer. As expected, he left Die Rothosen, eventually signing professional terms with Dutch side SC Cambuur. An unused substitute for the first four games of the 2015-16 Eredivisie season, Masek made his bow in the Frisians’ midfield against PSV, a 6-0 hammering. As the weeks went by, the twenty-year-old drifted between the bench and the reserves, only to make his return to first-team action when Cambuur were in the midst of a pummelling at the hands of Ajax.
A year ago, I wrote, “in 2015, I would like to see him make that step up, sooner rather than later.”
Twelve months on and nothing has really changed.
- Posted by Chris Boothroyd
- On 10th January 2016