Barnsley: Milan Lalkovic delighted to return to England with Reds

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Former Chelsea wing-wizard Milan Lalkovic is ready to prove his worth to Barnsley.

And the 22-year-old admits he’s glad to be back in England after a frustrating spell at Czech outfit Mlada Boleslav.

“I’m really happy to be back in England,” admitted Lalkovic. “It’s a great opportunity to be back here.

“I love England and I really think playing here suits me.

“I grew up here coming through the Chelsea ranks and I’ve had a couple of loans in England as well, so it’s great to be back.

“England has a different mentality to other countries, so I’m really happy to be back.

“I spoke to the gaffer [Danny Wilson] and a couple of players I know here like Ross [Turnbull] and Alex [Kiwomya], so it made the move easier. The players have been great with me.”

Lalkovic penned an 18-month deal with the Reds last week, one of four recent arrivals at Oakwell.

And alongside Kiwomya and Turnbull, both of whom he played with at Chelsea, the Czech-born playmaker knows what’s required to impress in league football.

Lalkovic had a loan spell with Doncaster Rovers back in 2011 and then a 39 game loan spell with Walsall during the 2013-14 season.

But having played just twice for his former club, before the opportunity came about to join the Reds, the former Slovakian international admits he’s got a bit of catching up to do before he can push for a first team place.

“I just need to get match fit,” said Lalkovic. “It will take me a couple of weeks to get fully fit, but I’m ready to get working.

“I’m not going to rush anything, but I’m looking forward to the challenge.

Lalkovic featured as a second half substitute in last Saturday’s 2-0 home win over Yeovil Town.

And he hopes he can feature in this Saturday’s eagerly-anticipated South Yorkshire derby with his former club Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium.

“I want to score goals for Barnsley and play as much as possible,” stressed Lalkovic.

“My favourite position is number nine, but if I play on the wing I feel more comfortable on the left.

“I can do a job on the right, but I just feel more comfortable on the left for some reason.

“I’m just happy to be here now and I’m just going to work hard now and see what I can achieve.

“Touch wood, everything goes to plan.”

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