Tomas Pekhart

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Thomas Pekhart is a Czech striker who was born in Susice, Czech Republic on 26th May 1989. Pekhart played for TJ Susice, TJ Klatovy and Slavia Prague at youth level, before signing with Tottenham in 2006 at the age of 16. Pekhart never made a first team appearance for Spurs, but was prolific for the clubs reserve side. He also represented Czech Republic at various youth levels. He holds the record for most goals scored at Under 21 level for his home nation.

Pekhart joined Southampton on loan in August 2008. He made his Saints debut on 14th September as a substitute in a 4-1 loss at QPR. Three days later the Czech front man scored his first goal for the club shortly after coming off the bench in a 2-2 draw with Ipswich. Unfortunately Pekhart was unable to continue his good start, and failed to find the net again before returning to Tottenham in January 2009.

On 31st January 2009 Pekhart joined Slavia Prague on loan for the rest of the year. He scored three times in 13 matches for the club before leaving Tottenham permanently on 12th January 2010 to join FK Jablonec. Pekhart kick-started his career with the provincial Czech club. He made his debut on 28th February 2010 against Bohemians 1905, and scored his first goal against Pribram on 20th March 2010. His good form earned him his first full international cap on 22nd May 2010 in a match with Turkey.

Pekhart scored 12 goals in his last 8 matches for FK Jablonec, which earned him a loan move to Sparta Prague, the country's biggest club on 31st January 2011. He made his debut in the Europa League against Liverpool on 17th February 2011. Pekhart was involved in controversy early into his Sparta career. He was pulled out of the Czech Republic international squad after his club claimed he was suffering from a virus. However, days later he lined up for Sparta in their winter-break friendly with Zenit St Petersburg in Spain, wearing a different name on the back of his shirt. He scored six goals for Sparta after the domestic season resumed.

On 4th May 2011 Pekhart signed a four year deal with Bundesliga outfit FC Nuremberg.