Czech football is picking up slowly, but surely. If we are still far from the generation of Karel Poborský, Marek Jankulovski, Pavel Nedvěd or other Jan Koller, progress is being felt. Already in recent years Slavia Prague has emerged as an interesting team at European level. Then, the selection qualified for Euro 2020 and emerging players like Tomáš Souček (26, West Ham), Patrik Schick (25, Bayer Leverkusen) or Alex Král (22, Spartak Moscow). The last great talent is still in the country, but never ceases to impress at 18 years old. Sparta Prague forward, Adam Hložek already has solid statistics and good precocity.
Beginning in the league on November 10, 2018 when he was only 16 years old, the native Ivančice quickly found his place. He scored a few months later against Viktoria Plzen (4-0), his first goal. Starting from his first appearances, Adam Hložek puts everyone in agreement. A great nugget of Czech football, it will be exported in the following years. However, the sporting director of Sparta Prague and former glory of Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal, Tomáš Rosický prefers to be cautious vis-à-vis the young prodigy. I think it’s early. “Let’s be patient, let him grow up. If he continues to progress, his departure abroad will not be in doubt ” he explained on the set of O2 TV Sport in order to calm the inflames.
Euro in sight
Yet the high expectations of the Czech public remain valid. Author of 9 goals and 9 goals in 39 matches last season when he was only 17 years old, he is doing even better this season. His good performances also allowed him to discover the selection on September 4, 2020 against Slovakia (victory 3-1). Also entered against Cyprus (2-1 success), it became obvious to coach Jaroslav Šilhavý: “Hložek of course deserved his selection in view of his last performances. As he shows at Sparta, Adam can play the offensive phases on the sides. He is also showing right now that he can play at the forefront of the attack, so his skills will be used where they are needed. “ With a full baggage, Adam Hložek can play on both wings even if his preferential position remains the tip of the attack. Fast, technical and altruistic, he exudes a lot of maturity in his game despite his young age. Rather tall (1m88), it is nonetheless mobile on the ground.
This season, it was felt with 10 goals and 9 assists but in only 20 games is much better than last year. Victim of a metatarsal fracture, he missed the competition from mid-October until the end of February. Back since then, he needed a few matches to get the machine back on track, but everything is getting better and better. In the last four league games, he has 5 goals and 2 assists and has distinguished himself with a magnificent hat-trick against Opava (4-2). Bodes well for the player who hopes to be part of the selection that will play Euro 2020. Often mentioned in major European clubs in recent years, he is followed by Liverpool, RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund as mentioned. Czech press. West Ham would also be in the ranks, surely confident by the successes of Czechs Tomáš Souček and Vladimír Coufal in its workforce. The fate looks promising for Adam Hložek.