Fringe Player Focus – Tamás Kádár

Tamas Kadar

Tamas Kadar
Will Tamas get his chance?
Oh yes, the enigma… One minute he is on the fast route to first team success, the next he is an injury prone ‘nearly’ player who’s commitment to being a top level professional gets questioned.

I was in two minds about writing an article based on this lad so early in the season. On one hand it would have been nice to do this once he has actually played a couple of games in the first team, on the other it’s nice to get people’s opinions and test their ‘potential radar’ before they have seen it all in obvious ‘black and white’ so to speak. However we have not heard much about him since last season despite expecting relatively big things on his part – so lets have a look at him.

Tamás Kádár, born 14 March 1990 in Veszprém, Hungary is a centre back with the ability to play at left back too. That’s right, a left footer. Very useful to have in a squad. He began his career with the highly esteemed and well known side Zalaegerszegi TE in 2006, making 20 appearances for them at the age of 16. That season saw him burst onto the International scene with the U-17’s, making six appearances.

His first season was a solid one and his name began to prick up the ears of talent scouts from the other side of Europe. In the end it was Bolton Wanderers and ourselves that fancied the lad so much, that an offer of a trial was put on the table. Needless to say the Magpies won that particular battle and Kádár found himself being confirmed as a Toon player on the same day that Kevin Keegan was unveiled to the world as our new manager for his ill fated second spell in charge on 18th January 2008. Also joining up at the same time as this lad was Ben Tozer and Wesley Ngo Baheng. Both of whom failed to make the grade and left the club since.

At 6’2″ tall and about 13 stones 4 pounds, Tamás is a pretty big unit. In my opinion, it could be argued that he is maybe carrying a few too many pounds for a top line athlete actually but what do I know?! One thing is for sure, he is not the sort of defender that should be easily forced off the ball and he should fear nobody. Back to career milestones now…

In his first full season at the club, Kadar made a great impression for the reserves and earned call ups to the first team squad on two occasions – for the Liverpool game at home and an FA Cup match as well as making his Hungary senior side bow as a late sub in the win against Greece.

However his first injury setback came in January 2009 with a broken leg following a reserves clash with local ‘rivals’ if you will, Sunderland. The broken leg really was a ‘bad break’ for him, coming at a crucial stage in his development.The Hungarian defender battled on in typical Eastern European resolve however and made his first team debut in a victory against Huddersfield Town in the Carling Cup before making his League debut in a win against Leicester City in our Championship winning season. He would go on to make a total of 16 first team appearances in 2009-2010.

Our return to the Premiership would see Kádár make the first team squad 8 times during the first half of the season. His performance against Huddersfield was still in the back of Lee Clark’s mind, who loaned Tamás in January this year, however a fresh injury setback in the form of a bad hamstring tear meant our young centre back would only manage two appearances for the Terriers before being sent back to us licking his wounds.

This is where the controversy started. Our medical staff nursed him back to health and our fans’ beady eyes were cast on him for the pre-season friendlies, anticipating a string of strong performances and a real challenge to the more established players in his position. This can be summarised by taking a look at an article produced by Zoe Vicarage at the time, which you can see here. Toonsy had this to say about the lad at the time; “Personally I think Kadar has the best chance of making it out of the lot (the youngsters coming through). I’ve seen him have one bad game – at left back I’ll add – but the rest of the time he’s not let us down. Premier League is different gravy though so we’ll see.” After that we saw and heard nothing of the lad.

Lack of information coming out of the club meant a lot of us were scratching our heads wondering what was going on with him. Pardew did not appear to rate him as he was not selected for anything, not even the bench. Had the young man suddenly gotten himself a bad attitude? Was he not pulling his weight? Had Pardew and his staff simply noticed something about his game that was just not up to scratch?

Well, no is the answer to all that controversy. It could have been cleared up so easily with a bit of communication, but the truth is Tamás sufferd an injury setback in the form of a groin injury in the summer – laying him low again. A common thing to happen after a long time out on the sidelines.

In recent weeks Kádár has got himself fighting fit and put in some strong performances for a reserves side doing very well. He captained the side in the recent win against Liverpool and is now pretty much match fit, although he will obviously be lacking the first team match sharpness. Lets hear from the man himself;

“I’d been out for a long time – since January – until I did the pre-season, and then I got an injury again. But now I feel like I’m 100% and I’ll push to get back into the first team.I know it’s going to take a long time and it’s going to be hard to get into the backline but I think I’m in a good way and if I can play every week that’s the best I can do. I’m working very hard on the training ground, whether I’m training with the first team or the reserves.”

This might help answer Toonsy’s question in his latest article regarding squad depth in the centre-half position. James Perch did well against Forest, but he is simply not good enough to push on for the 1st team in the long term. Kadar just might be, so I’d give him run out against Blackburn tonight. Why? He is very good in the air, deceptively fast on the ground and quite assured in possession of the ball. All he needs is to work hard, keep his head down and the chances will come. Now he is over his latest bout of injuries, I can see the lad making match day squads and pushing on.

The question is, can Tamás Kádár fulfil his obvious potential and become a mainstay of the Newcastle United squad in the long term, or has his chance sailed him by? At 21 years old, time is beginning to creep up on him, he had a run in the Championship, but like Toonsy said – the Premier League is a different level all together. Steven Taylor was regularly strutting his stuff in the Premiership for us in the senior side at 17 years old…

So over to you readers for your vote and debate.

Should Tamás Kádár be considered a part of this club's long term future?

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32 thoughts on “Fringe Player Focus – Tamás Kádár

  1. I’d like to see him tonight as well. Alongside who though. Love it to be colo, but why risk him but then Perch maybe can’t coach through a game at this level?


  2. Just from what he showed when he did play a few games, hes probably the best cb cover player we’ve got. Williamson is extremely weak for a 6″6 frame and perch is a championship player at best.


  3. have seen the kid live twice and both times he was the standout defender in the back line. Thought he had a touch of class, easily good enough to be 4th choice CB. Hope he pushes back into the 1st team and rediscovers his form.


  4. He is cultured on the ball and reminds me of Alan Hansen.
    Being left-footed, he is useful asset but he is not a left-back on anything other than a temporary, emergency basis.
    Personally, I see him as a long-term replacement for Colo. Two bruisers at the back does not work well and neither does two “fancy-Dans” but a combination, like we have at the moment, of culture and brawn works well.
    And here is my nomination for the Sybil Fawlty “Stating the bleeding obvious” award, it’s not like we have loads of centre-backs so for God’s sake keep him.


  5. I’ll try the right article this time….

    Had high hopes for the lad but he seems to have lost his way. Shame really and hopefully he can find it again as at one time it looked like he was going to be the stand out player from our academy.

    Mind you I’m friends with him on Facebook and he always seems to be dicking about with other stuff that isn’t football 😕


  6. a wanna (hup)
    a wanna (hup)
    a wanna (hup)
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    a wanna really really really wanna Zalaegerszegi ahh

    ….cool article Shamrock anyway, I like these. Kadar is another one of these ‘mystery players’ we have at NUFC. Young up and coming talents that usually end up disappearing of the radar (or kadar I should say). Most of them end up getting loaned out season after season and inevitably end up elsewhere.

    He’s one of the fringe fellas I’d like to see more of, along with Ferguson and Vuckic, and believe it or not PEN1 gangsta boi.


  7. Real pity his career has stalled like it has. We’ve seen the potential but sometimes these things just don’t work out and I hope this isn’t one of those cases. He really could be a star but as time passes it seems a more distant possibility.

    Was a bit concerned wen Pardew said he needed to work hard but maybe this was just to get back fit. He doesn’t seem too keen though as he doesn’t send kids away who are close to te first team.

    I can’t see him starting tonight though I hope he does. I think if he hasn’t worked his way into Parsees plans by the time the January FA cup ties come around, we could have seen the end of him 🙁


  8. ….any fellow Toonites know of an audio stream the neet? If no video stream…….

    (saw your link on the last post Richie)


  9. Toonsy I’d laugh if we hadn’t experienced our share of turmoil 😐 I’ve never wanted the toon to lose but I understand the numbness that the depressing results and activities around the club can inspire.


  10. Wasn’t it Craig Jissum that was hoping we got relegated this season?

    Funny he’s not been on here since. 🙄


  11. Is there any evidence that he has lost his way? Surely if he has a storming game tonight he will be well and trully on his way.


  12. DJG – Well Pardew did say that he needs to shape up of he’ll be shipped out. That plus he hasn’t been anywhere near the first team since the fizzy….


  13. Like Vuckic very difficult to judge him because of the series of injuries. We can’t afford to cast him out though as we are desperately thin at the back. Might be too soon to play him against Blackburn but that means playing Colo, and three of Saylor, Simpson, Santon, Raylor, and Ferguson. Hopefully not Perch although to be fair haven’t seen him play in a long time and only once (I think) for Newcastle at centre back. I think Pardew will have a very experienced side to start because he wants badly to keep us in the cup. We must continue to nurture Kadar, not give up on him. He has the size, he is left footed and he still has great potential. Good article Shamrock. Have enjoyed this series.


  14. Should be a good game, over 3000 newcastle fans travelling. That really is good for a wednesday night cup game. Best fans in the land by far.


  15. Cheers for the good feedback guys. Rodz @ #10, liking it! 😆 Toonsy cheers… Re: Kadar, it might be a coincidence that his fitness has surged upwards since Pardew fired a shot across his bow, but I doubt it. If he applies himself well from now on and stays clear of injury I reckon he will come good. Time will tell though… 🙂


  16. Toonsy, reading that Blackburn page, I hope we never see that sort of sentiment on this forum or any other forum…that’s truly depressing.
    However, that said, I hope to hell we do give them what they want. 😀

    I really like these articles because these are really the only way I get to “know” some of the other team members. I have no local paper to read, so it’s nice to get information via this source. So, well done Shamrock, and keep them going.


  17. i’d like to say ‘yes’, however all the signs point to ‘no’

    didnt even make the bench for Bburn, Pardew having a choice between Kadar and no-one as CB cover and opting for the latter


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