Tomáš Souček got 760 votes from captains and managers of Czech league clubs, Czech internationals with more than 25 caps and sport journalists. 25-year old midfielder who left Slavia on loan to West Ham on the beginning of 2020 thus won easily almost 300 points ahead of Sevilla goalkeeper Tomáš Vaclík.
There are 3 more Slavia players among top ten Czech footballers of 2019. Goalkeeper Ondřej Kolář finished 6th, left back Jan Bořil 8th and right back Vladimír Coufal 10th. Former Slavia midfielder Alex Král who joined Spartak Moscow on the beginning of 2019/20 season finished 4th. Král also became second best young Czech player of 2019.
“When I was young, I always admired those who were winning the Footballer of the Year awards. Nedvěd, Rosický, Čech and many more. And now I am among them. It’s strange feeling, I cannot really describe it. I always wanted to play in the first league, to win the title, to try some foreign league, but footballer of the year? I have never been thinking about it. Now I must say thank you to many people,” Souček said after the results were revealed.
Tomáš Souček is the first Slavia player to be awarded Czech Footballer of the Year since Karel Poborský, who won the competition along with Patrik Berger in 1996. Poborský spent second half of the season in Manchester United.