Club: Sigma Olomouc
Tomas Chory made his debut for Sigma Olomouc against Slavia Prague in the February of 2014. It was a brief two-minute cameo, and with the score being 5-1 to the good, it was a bit of a pointless exercise in all honesty.
That was our first sighting of the 6’ 5” striker, our first look at a highly touted individual that many prophesied could be the latest gem to emerge from the Moravian club’s youth academy.
Over the course of the calendar year (during which Sigma experienced relegation from the Synot Liga for the first time in their history) he managed to register four goals in thirteen appearances – not a great return, but certainly not a bad one.
As the league went into hibernation over the winter months, Chory took a massive step towards becoming the club’s bona fide number nine. During Sigma’s January training camp, he put in a string of impressive performances that forced then manager Leos Kalvoda to admit that we could be seeing a lot more of the centre-forward in 2015
Chory received his chance, but failed to make the most of it. Despite having all the natural tools at his disposal to make an impact in the Synot Liga, he has not quite progressed from being a handy substitute to have to somebody who is capable of being a regular starter in the Czech top flight. Throughout the year, his performances have fluctuated and thanks to this stream of inconsistent performances he has drifted from starter to substitute and back again, before an injury put a stop to his oscillating 2015.
As mentioned in the introduction, things did start well after he impressed during Sigma’s training camp during the winter, but he failed to transfer that form into competitive games when the National League resumed in late February.
With the club strolling towards the second division title, he saw his opportunities dwindle and by the time Leos Kalvoda was popping the champagne corks and planning for life back in the Synot Liga, the burly centre-forward was way down the pecking order.
And so, he was used once more as a change of pace option from the bench. He went from causing Teplice numerous problems to being bullied by Pribram. He has been solid but not spectacular and, like the first six months of the past year, goals were hard to come by.
A frankly disappointing year ended in mid-October when he suffered a rib injury.
Chory has resumed training with Sigma’s first-team squad, though he finds plenty of obstacles in his path. Juraj Halenar and Vaclav Vasicek may well have left the Andruv Stadion for pastures new, but in Tomas Malec and Aidin Mahmutovic, it is clear who the first choice forwards will be.
With Jakub Petr, Michal Ordos and the highly rated Jakub Yunis fighting for a place too, the next twelve months could make or break for Chory’s career in Moravia.
- Posted by Chris Boothroyd
- On 9th January 2016