Milan Lalkovic has hinted that he could be planning his long-term future away from Stamford Bridge.
Walsall's on-loan Chelsea star Milan Lalkovic has been in terrific form this season and faces a big decision in January regarding his future.
''If I keep playing like this it will help my career'' said the 20-year-old. ''If I do well, there will be options. This is what I can do. I have to perform like this every week.''
The player is due to return back to London in January, where he will face a big decision that could shape the course of his career.
He could return to Chelsea and fight for his place. Although the player is showing good form in the lower divisions, I think he understands that it would be difficult for him to break into Cheslea's first-team squad.
He could find a higher placed loan side with a view to a permanent deal. This for me would be his best option, there are a few Championship clubs that would look on him favourably if he can keep up his current form, and could earn himself a contract there.
Or, he could return to Walsall and play out the rest of the season in their promotion push. I do appreciate he will be a big miss for Walsall, but I can't see what he could potentially get out this final option when he could make the step up 6 months earlier and have a 'bedding-in' period that may be important for him as a player.
The player does seem to have a sensible head on his shoulders and has admitted that he perhaps doesn't see his future playing for Chelsea in the future, but doesn't necessarily think it's a bad situation:
''There is still life after Chelsea,other players have left there and done well. It's up to me to keep doing this then I will move on. If I keep playing like that, then obviously I won't be here.''
For now the player seems happy to be fighting it out for promotion with Walsall and getting his first taste of proper first-team football, which is definitely the best scenario for him, as opposed to waiting around the Chelsea's reserves to more than likely get the chop without any first team experience.
Do you think Lalkovic could turn it around at Chelsea? Or do you think he is just another young player that needs a new club?
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