Dean Smith says Walsall can be committed to getting the best out of Milan Lalkovic, after the attacker re-joined the club on a one-year deal.The 22-year-old came through the youth ranks at Chelsea and spent time on loan at various clubs, including Walsall, during his development, making 42 appearances and scoring six times for the Saddlers.
He left Stamford Bridge in May 2014 and moved to Czech club FK Mlada Boleslav before making a switch to Barnsley in January 2015.
The Slovakian made 17 appearances for the Tykes but was allowed to leave the club, paving the way for his Walsall return.
And manager Smith says he is looking forward to getting the best out of him, naming it the Milan Lalkovic Project.
what can i say? what a warm welcome from everyone 👍❤️really happy to be back and ready to kick on from when i left ! pic.twitter.com/YgG9bAjOje— Milan Lalkovic (@LalkovicMilan37) July 16, 2015
“I’m really pleased to have Milan back on board,” Smith told the club's official website.
“He did well for us before; there is a lot of potential in him and now that he is our player, we can be committed to the ‘Milan Lalkovic project’ and getting the best out of him.
“He’s full of enthusiasm and energy and is a real talent. By the same token, he knows exactly what we are all about and the way we work here.
“He will have learned a lot from his successful loan spell with us and will also have learned from the disappointments he faced last season.
“Hopefully he can hit the ground running and I certainly believe that he will improve our team.”