Country: Czech Republic
Date of birth: 23/05/1997 (19 years old)
Place of birth: Prague (Czech Republic)
Youth career: Sparta Prague
Senior career: Slovan Liberec (loan), Sparta Prague
Squad number: —
Current national team: Czech Republic U-21
Position: centre forward
Preferred foot: right
Market value (by transfermarkt.de): 200.000 €
Tournaments participated in: 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualification elite round (2/0), 2016 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualification elite round (3/1), Toulon Tournament 2016
Contract until: unknown
Player’s agent: International Sport Management s.r.o.
Transfer rumours: —
Similar type of player: José Salomón Rondón
– hold-up play
No significant weaknesses.
Style of play:
– target man/goal poacher
– tall, powerful, strong, and prolific striker with decent speed and dribbling skills
– likes to play off the shoulder of the opposition defenders
– likes to try to beat offside trap
– often moves deep into midfield and drawing defenders with him, in order to create and exploit spaces for his teammates
– often uses his strength and aerial presence to bring teammates into play
– indirect set-piece threat
– aerial threat in the opposition box
– generates many flick-ons and passes into the channels for his teammates to utilize
– capable of holding up the ball for teammates to provide them with assists when playing with his back to goal
– clinical in one-on-one situations with the goalkeeper
– good decision maker in the final third
– dependable option while defending set pieces
He is best suited to playing as:
Centre forward in 4-3-3.
Czech U-19 championship 2015/2016 winner with Sparta Prague.
League summary (as for 26 June 2016):
Czech First League 2015/2016: 7 matches/4 goals (Slovan Liberec)
Matěj Pulkrab is a product of Sparta Prague youth system – recognised as one of the most successful academies in Czech Republic, famous for having produced many Czech internationals including Jiří Jarošík, Tomáš Rosický, Václav Kadlec, Ladislav Krejčí, and Pavel Kaderábek. Matěj was a key part of Sparta U19 squad on their championship run in the 2015-2016 season, even though he spent the spring part on loan in Slovan Liberec, where he made his professional debut and scored his first league goals. He has been a youth Czech international for many years – starting at U-16 all the way through U-19 and in 2016, he took part in the Toulon Tournament with Czech Republic U-21, where he scored 2 goals helping his team to a fourth-place finish.
Football Talent Scout potential rating:
Country-scale star with top European club ambition.