Tomas Kalas may have made his debut for Middlesbrough at right-back, but he has told Boro’s official website that he is more suited to a position in the centre of defence.
Kalas returned from a disappointing loan spell with FC Koln in the Bundesliga to sign with Championship side Middlesbrough until the end of the season.
He immediately slotted into Aitor Karanka’s side for their 0-0 draw with Reading, and the Czech international looks set to assure the Teeside club’s place as one of the real contenders for promotion to the Premier League this season.
While Daniel Ayala is all but guaranteed one of the central defensive roles, the other has been alternating between fellow Chelsea loanee Kenneth Omreuo and England Under-21 star Ben Gibson, and Kalas provides the ability to also fill in there. However, the 21-year-old started his first game at right-back ahead of Spurs man Ryan Fredericks, and he can also cover at left-back if needed.
Regardless, Kalas told the official Boro website which position was his best, and claimed that the central role is the one he is most suited for.
“I’m just glad that I can play,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if I’m at right-back, centre-back or left-back, but I do mostly play either right or centre-back.
“I think I’m more of a centre-back than any other positon, but if I’m asked to play on the right I wouldn’t contest that and no matter where I play I will always try my best.”
With the current solidity at central defence, it is likely that Kalas will continue his run in the team at right-back, and it will come as no surprise to see him excel at Championship level.