With 11 players out injured Joe Kinear has said he may have to turn to 6’2″ Hungarian 18 year-old defender Tamas Kadar in tonight’s FA Cup third-round replay against Hull.
Tamas Kadar – we hope 18 year-old makes his debut tonight
Kinnear has two options which are to play Kadar or play unsettled Charles N’Zogbia – who has an in jury and may noty pass a fitness test today.
We’d rather see Tamas Kadar start quite honestly because the reports about Kadar are that he is a first class defender in the making. It would either be Kadar or Ben Tozer for that full back position, and of course they could play either side because David Edgar can play in either full back place.
We have also been unimpressed, to say the least, about how N’Zogbia has been muddying the Newcastle club in the press, so it wouldn’t bother us one bit if he started on the bench tonight. No Newcastle player should talk negatively about the club in public.
Tamas, who was born in Veszprem, Hungary, was signed by Newcastle at the end of last January, and was one of five great young teenagers who were brought to the club during the last January transfer window by Chairman Chris Mort.
Kinnear seems a little concerned about plunging a player with no first-team experience into this FA Cup tie, but players of Kadar’s ability and temperament will take this as a huge opportunity to show Joe what he can do, and we’d love to see the boy start tonight.
Kadar has been excellent for the Reserves since he came to Tyneside, and has already been selected for the full Hungary side last May and then in July, but came away injured from the squad during the summer.
Kinnear told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Tamas has done very well.“
“I’d think out of most of the young lads, he would have a realistic chance of playing, or almost certainly being involved in the game.”
“I have got other options, but they depend on the fitness level of Charles, who is suffering from a thigh strain.”
Kadar before coming to Newcastle played for the Zalaegerszegi first team in Hungary, and made his debut when he was just 16 years old – he’s that good.
Kinnear will play David Edgar at right-back, and seems to have only Xisco available to play with Michael Owen up front.
Joe was asked about that and said:
“I am thinking about that. It’s just who I start with up front, to be honest.”
“I haven’t got any choice with what’s not available to me – no Shola, no Viduka, no Oba Martins and no Andy Carroll.”
“That’s four strikers who won’t be involved in the game, so I might go five across the middle and play Michael up front by himself.”
We’d be surprised to see Xisco start this game, because if he gets injured, that will mess up Joe’s plans for the transfer window, and we don’t think Kinnear will tempt fate tonight – because with Newcastle’s luck right now, he’s very likely to lose out.