23-year-old defender Tomas Kalas has been shipped out on loan again, where he will spend all of next season in the Championship at Fulham following up an 18-month spell at Middlesbrough.
Fulham becomes the fifth team Kalas has joined on loan since making the switch to Chelsea in 2010 as a 17-year-old. He was first loaned back to his hometown club of Sigma Olomouc, and has since spent time at Vitesse Arnham, FC Koln, and Middlesbrough.
The Czech international, naturally a central defender who can also play on the right side, would have needed to compete with Gary Cahill, the returning John Terry, Kurt Zouma, and Matt Miazga among others for a spot in the Blues’ first team defense.
Kalas was part of a Middlesbrough squad that conceded a league-low 31 goals last season on its way to automatic promotion to the Premier League via a second-place finish. Fulham, on the other hand, conceded 79 goals last campaign, two off the most in the Championship. The Whites finished 11 points and two places above relegation to League One.
Since joining Chelsea permanently, Kalas has made just four senior-team appearances for the Blues – only two of them for more than one minute. He also has three caps for the Czech national team, the most recent of which saw him play the full 90 minutes in a 3-1 friendly loss to Poland last November.