Club: Mlada Boleslav
A centre-back who is capable of moving forward to play as a defensive midfielder, Ladislav “Laco” Takács has all the raw tools to be an absolute monster (at this level).
But 2015 was a tough year. The Czech Under-21 international fell out of favour at Teplice and would end the year at Baník Sokolov in the second division. After an exceptional loan stint at Sokolov, Takács demanded a permanent move away from Na Stínadlech and Mladá Boleslav duly obliged.
It hasn’t been flashy or particularly memorable, but it’s been a year of rehabilitation.
After the decision to force a move away from Teplice, everything could have gone horribly wrong. The switch to Mladá Boleslav was by no means a straight road to success; if anything, it was something of a gamble given that then manager Karel Jarolím was chopping and changing his defence at the drop of a hat. It could easily have ended in disaster and Laco Takács could now be rebuilding his career away from the Adidas Arena, like so many of Jarolím’s numerous acquisitions.
That hasn’t been the case.
Over the past twelve months, Takács has seen his role at Mladá Boleslav expand. The capable centre-back has transitioned from being a regular substitute, deployed late on in games to add extra bite to the midfield or shore up the defence to being one of the bedrocks of the side’s back four. He’s gone from getting a token fifteen-minute run-out against a dour Baník Ostrava side to keeping Michal Krmenčík and Viktoria Plzeň’s array of attackers quiet. And all of this took place despite the defender never really having a standout game or a noteworthy run of form.
It’s been a year of steady progression and given the peaks and troughs we’ve seen elsewhere on this list, that’s something that should b commended.
If we’re being critical, however (and we are allowed to be extremely picky from time-to-time), then Takács’ failure to break back into the Czech Under-21s blots his copybook somewhat. He received a chance back in May when he was part of an end-of-season sojourn to Austria, but despite featuring in back-to-back games against Albania, he hasn’t featured since.
But let’s not concern ourselves too much with his international status, given that domestic affairs is the bread and butter.
2017 could be big.
A regular in the heart of Mladá Boleslav’s defence as the year ended, Takács’ immediate aim will be to convince his new manager, Martin Svědík, that he deserves to remain first-choice when the league season resumes next month.
You’d imagine that the task won’t be too difficult. And given that Svědík has a track record of overseeing the development of talented players (Baník Ostrava circa the autumn of 2013 anybody?) then Laco Takács could have an absolutely impressive twelve months.
See you this time next year then.
- Posted by Chris Boothroyd
- On 20th January 2017