The 17 year-old Hungarian is a center back, who can also play at left back but prefers central defense, and stands 6’2â€ tall and probably still growing.
Tamas Kadar – after he signed last month
When he was scouted by both Newcastle United and Bolton Wanderers, he was already a first team regular at Hungarian club Zalaegerszeg, and scouts from both Premiership clubs had been impressed by his performances for the Hungarian club.
Since both Newcastle and Bolton were initially interested, we suspect Sam Allardyce probably first lined him up while at Bolton.
Kadar’s club Zalaegerszeg were not too keen on letting him go, after he made his debut for their first team in 2006 at the age of 16, and then impressed when he spent some time at Newcastle (and also some time at Bolton). He played impressively in a specially arranged friendly for a Newcastle side against Hartlepool in December.
This is what Tamas said following his trials in December before he actually signed for Newcastle United:
â€œI really enjoyed being in England,â€ â€œIn Bolton they would count me as a left-sided defender and in Newcastle I would play in the center of the defense. I admit this is my favorite place on the pitch.”
“I know nothing about the financial details, but I did my very best and I know they both liked my performances.”
â€œI was told I would have a good chance to sign in England and my move might be realized in the winter transfer period.â€
It looks like Newcastle finally paid around 900K for the player after initial fees in the region of 600K had been mentioned. But we are sure the fee was acceptable to his club Zalaegerszeg, who were short of money.
Newcastle have a big following in Hungary since Kevin Keegan’s side played Ferencvaros in the UEFA Cup in 1996. Tamas said after he signed in January:
“I know all about Newcastle United, it is a very big club with a very big following in Hungary,”
“I know all about players such as Alan Shearer, David Ginola and the Kevin Keegan side.â€
“When I found out that Newcastle were interested it took me just a couple of seconds to say ‘Yes, I want to go’.”
Kadar is one of the best young defenders in Hungary, and his fine performances for club side Zalaegerszegi even earned him a Hungary Under-21 cap last year.
“This is a very big challenge and opportunity for me.â€”My aim is to get into the first-team but first I must work very hard and prove myself.”
“I cannot wait to get started and hopefully this will be the start of a very successful career with Newcastle United.”
The young Hungarian played 14 times for his former club Zalaegerszeg, and scored one goal, and will turn 18 years old in mid-March.
Tamas Kadar in training with first team squad at Benton in Newcastle
The international transfer of the player was allowed due to Hungary being within the European Union. Normally a player must be 18 years old at a minimum, but within the European Union, can be transfered at the age of 16.
We think Tamas is an excellent acquisition for the club, and we wouldn’t be at all surprised if he’s the first of the 5 teenagers we signed last month, to break into the first team squad.
We think Tamas is a star in the making. 😀
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