Vaclac Kadlec is probably the worst kept secret in Czech football, the 18 year old Sparta Prague forward is a great talent and has already made over 50 appearances for Sparta. Kadlec has also played and scored in Champions League and Europa League games, nothing fazes this kid, his pace and power makes one of the top players already in the Czech top flight. He might look like a Czech version of Justin Bieber but make no mistake, the kid has immense talent.
German newspaper Bild included Kadlec in the World’s Top Ten 18 year old footballers, alongside the likes of Inter Milans Countinho and Brazlian Neymar. Kadlec signed for Sparta Prague as a 16 year old, incidentally other teams were interested in Kadlec at the time. AC Milan had even made an offer for the youngster, but knowing he wouldn’t be anywhere near the first team, he decided to stay in the Czech Republic and play for Sparta Prague. A wise move, as he already has a wealth of first team experience for someone so young.
With the prospect of Sparta Prague losing their top striker Bony Wilfred next summer I can see Kadlec being their main man, this responsibility will help him mature and develop as a player. Im sure it would be tempting to him and his agent if a big club came calling sooner, but hopefully common sense will prevail and Kadlec will learn his trade in the Czech Republic.
Czech football hasn’t had much to be cheerful about recently, they missed out on qualification for South Africa 2010 due to neighbours Slovakia outclassing them in qualifying. The likes of Pavel Nedved, Vladimer Smicer and Jan Koller have long since retired from football and Milan Baros is only the shadow of the player he was when top goalscorer at Euro 2004. The current Czech youngsters like Pekhart, Marecek and Moravek give the country some hope and the U21’s qualified in some style for next years U21 European Championships , so the future of Czech football looks promising.
But the real jewel in the crown for the Czech’s and Sparta Prague is young Vaclav Kadlec.