Spurs loanee Filip Lesniak makes professional debut - replacing Liverpool folk hero Milan Baros

Tottenham's Filip Lesniak in action against Chelsea's Fankaty Dabo (R)

The midfielder has made his first senior appearance, coming on in Slovan Liberec's first league match of the new season.

Tottenham's Filip Lesniak in action against Chelsea's Fankaty Dabo (R)Tottenham's Filip Lesniak in action against Chelsea's Fankaty Dabo (R)

Tottenham Hotspur's young Sloakian defensive midfielder Filip Lesniak made his professional debut last weekend, coming off the bench in Slovan Liberec's 3-0 defeat to Mlada Boleslav.

It wasn't just noticeable for the fact Lesniak came on for his first professional appearance, but also that he replaced one of the the Czech Republic's most famous players, former Liverpool striker Milan Baros, in doing so.

Tottenham Hotspur's Filip Lesniak (C) in actionTottenham Hotspur's Filip Lesniak (C) in action

Though a 3-0 defeat isn't at all the sort of match a player would like to make his debut in, 20-year-old Lesniak will be delighted to feature in what was Liberec's first league match of the season, a sure sign that the Slovakian Under-21 international is set to be prominently involved this season.

Lesniak isn't the only new arrival at the club though, with now 34-year-old Baros also arriving this summer.

Milan Baros in action for the Czech RepublicMilan Baros in action for the Czech Republic

Baros, who scored 41 times in 93 caps for his country, had a colourful period in English football, arriving in Liverpool as a hugely talented young striker who had recently won a European Under-21 Championship and already found the net at senior level for the Czech Republic.

He displayed flashes of quality during his three years at Anfield, and famously started the Champions League final against Milan in 2005, finishing joint-top scorer for the club that season. Baros left the season after for a two year spell with Aston Villa, having scored 27 times in 108 games.

He then went on to become something of a journeyman striker, playing in France and Turkey, as well as on loan at Portsmouth, but has spent the past few seasons in the Czech First Division, signing a contract with Liberec this summer.

Reuters / Picture supplied by Action Images *** Local Caption *** RBBORH2005052600374.jpgMilan Baros - Reuters / Picture supplied by Action Images

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