Ľubomír Šatka. Remember the name?
The forgotten Mag and former U23 star was on Newcastle United’s books between 2012 and 2017, but only ever made one first-team appearance – coming on for half an hour in an FA Cup defeat to Leicester City way back in 2015.
Fast forward six years and he’s not only a starting centre-back for the Slovakia national side, but played a key role in their opening round victory over Poland at Euro 2020.
The 25-year-old put in a solid display in front of current Mag Martin Dubravka and kept Robert Lewandowski quiet, handing his country a surprise 2-1 win ahead of today’s group E clash with Sweden (live on BBC One at 2pm today).
Beat the Swede’s – featuring our very own Emil Krafth – and he and Dubravka will qualify for the knockout stages prior to their final group game against Spain.
Satka currently plays for Polish giants Lech Poznan, however he was once tipped for the top by ex-NUFC boss Alan Pardew; who once described the defender as a “young Coloccini” for his technical ability and calmness at the back:
“Lubo is, for me, a player beyond his years – he’s very calm.
“If you were going to look at a young Coloccini, you’ve got to say that’s Lubo.
“He’s so level-headed, and technically good. He’s got a great chance for us. We’ve really got our fingers crossed for him.”
One to watch this afternoon as he and Dubravka hope to get one over current Mag Emil Krafth in Russia.