When Tomas Kalas was loaned to Koln over the summer, it looked like a perfect match. The young Czech defender had looked excellent in his few showings at Chelsea, but definitely needed more experience before being ready to challenge for regular minutes with the Blues. A mid-table Bindesliga club seemed like just the place to do that, but thus far, the loan has been nothing short of a disaster.
Kalas is barely playing, and is confused as to why. The player made some comments on Wednesday, however, that suggest his time at Koln will be coming to an end during the January transfer window if nothing changes before then:
"I really don’t know what the problem is. Koln plays well without me and the manager doesn’t have any reasons why he should change the defenders. But I still hope I will play. If not then a change has to come."
"I am in touch with Chelsea, but I don’t have any exact news about my future. I didn’t know I wouldn’t play. The club came to England in summer and told me they would like to have me there."
"At first they were happy with my performances but then I didn’t play in any game. I don’t know what went wrong. Chelsea is also nervous and disappointed about my loan to 1 FC Koln. We will be resolving my situation in winter. I want to play during the next half year. It is in my interest and that of my agents and of Chelsea. We will solve it."
Kalas is unlikely to remain with Chelsea after he returns from Koln, as he's looking to play regularly, something unlikely to happen often with the Blues. It will be interesting to see where he ends up, but it's hard to imagine him finding a less productive situation the the one at Koln.