Tamas Kadar Is Proof That Newcastle Youth Policy Is Paying Off

Tamas Kadar picked up a minor knock in the Newcastle Reserve team game on Tuesday night, so is still a slight doubt for the game on Sunday afternoon at QPR.

Tamas Kadar – a slight doubt for Sunday

But the fact the game is on Sunday afternoon and not tomorrow should help the 20 year-old be ready to face QPR, should Chris Hughton give him his 10th start, and 17th appearance of the season.

And every game Kadar has appeared in Newcastle have never lost – so he hopes to keep that run going on Sunday.

Tamas talked to the Evening Chronicle today:

“To be unbeaten is a great feeling for me.” “I’m pleased – I wanted to play for the first team this year and I’ve achieved that.”

“This is the first in the team for me in Newcastle.” “I wanted to get many, many games this season, and I have played 16 games and 13 in the league.”

“It was unbelievable – I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed it.”

Kadar did have a serious broken leg he picked up in the Reserves game against Sunderland about 14 months ago, but he has recovered very well from that setback.

He will have a good 17 appearances for Newcastle this season, should he see some action on Sunday afternoon.

We rate Tamas very highly and have to think he could have almost double those appearances next season, if he progresses as well as we expect him to.

And he’s a good indication, along with Andy Carroll, Nile Ranger, Tim Krul and Haris Vuckic that the Newcastle Youth Policy,  put in place again just over two years ago, is now starting to pay dividends.

We also expect Tamas to pick up his first Hungarian senior cap very shortly, to add to the 3 Hungary U-21 appearances, and he will be hoping he can become a Newcastle regular by this time next year.

We hope so too.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 30, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #1

    Good to see kids coming through the youth pity that neither are local lads

  • Xenarious

    Apr 30, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #2

    Yeah. Some people beam so much over the amazing foreign lads like Kadar and Vuckic. But I would much rather have local lads from the area, or in general from England. We should be copying Sunderland and Middlesborough, I envy their youth Academy’s over our current ones.

    It’s funny because today Rafa Benitez has come out and said he wants English players coming through his Academy, because they will play for the shirt more, and have more pride in general.

    Link here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/l/liverpool/8611991.stm

    And I wouldn’t rave too much about our Academy because we barely make the status of an “Academy”, because we don’t actually have proper dedicated top class facilities in place. I wouldn’t be surprised if our Academy status gets demoted if rules get stricter in the future.

  • murvar

    Apr 30, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #3

    I don’t care where they come from as long as they are good and want to play for us. How tightly would we draw the circle? I’m worried though about the goalkeeper situation. Both Krul and Forster need and deserve to be playing good standard first team football next season. If we loan one out, the other will be wasting his time as Harps’ understudy. If we loan both out we will need to find someone as an understudy or turn to Soderberg. All a bit daft. I think we should sell one (Krul), loan out Forster (local lad!) with a return clause in case SH gets injured, and buy a clapped out, end of career keeper to keep the bench warm in case Harps has to go off during a game. Is John Burridge still available?

  • chuck

    Apr 30, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #4

    Seems both of our best kids are from Central Europe Kadar and Vukic, so what!, yes it would be nice if they were local lads but it`s obvious that we are not producing quality players anymore, in which case we will probably continue to recruit them from whichever places are producing them .

  • Xenarious

    Apr 30, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #5

    A proper modern top class facility costs between £12-20 million. I don’t expect something like this to be built within next season. Something like that would depend on us staying in the Premiership first.

    Having a top class dedicated facility for Academy lads would show that Ashley is really “serious”. It would be a better investment than expanding our world-wide scouting network.

    If you ask local top class kids who have the choice to start training at either Sunderland, Middlesborough or us. We would come bottom currently.

  • Ericles

    Apr 30, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #6

    How about giving Butt a job in the Academy? Did CH start making forays out to local youth clubs to find some young talent recently? There must be a Waddle or two, a Gascoigne, a Shearer, etc etc out there just waiting for the chance to develop and then play for the shirt?

  • Ericles

    Apr 30, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #7

    We do have a huge scouting team – they are called Newcastle Fans!

  • BT7MAG

    Apr 30, 2010 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #8

    Most of Arsenal’s youth aren’t from England – would you complain if we had em?

    I think Kadar is a very exciting prospect, and as for him not playing for the shirt – when he broke his leg a year or 2 back with a last ditch tackle against sunderland reserves, there was an interview with him: he said something along the lines of ‘of course i am upset i was injured, but I stopped a goal against the mackems and thats all that mattered’ … enough said!

  • Xenarious

    Apr 30, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #9

    @ chuck

    Don’t be so pessimistic, if we strive for change we can achieve it. There are countless other academies that have decided to focus on their own system as they realised it wasn’t up to scratch, and the level needed to be raised. Two examples are our local rivals!

    It can be achieved with a positive attitude and ambition.

  • Xenarious

    Apr 30, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #10


    Check out Arsenal’s double winning academy from last season. Most were English, many youth internationals.

    Two of their England Under-17s, Chuks Aneke and Benik Afobe were almost poached by Barcelona this season, yeah that’s right Barcelona. But turned Barcelona down.

    England’s current Under-16 top goal scorer is their own Zak Ansah too.

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 30, 2010 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #11

    I still think CB is an important area we need to strengthen for next season. Kadar seems very injury prone to me and so does S Taylor (mainly due to his style of play).

  • mattyNUFC

    Apr 30, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #12

    actually said that he (Kadar) was dissapointed not only that be broke his leg but that he was unable to prevent the goal…all semantics i suppose..and either way he seems to be very mature and grateful towards his talent. his time will come i’m sure

  • Howay The Lads

    Apr 30, 2010 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #13

    Shot Bru
    Agree, we’ve got quite a few and they’re all good, but they have all been injured at times this season (meaning we had to play Zurab and Simpson as CBs at times).

    The only problem is if they were all fit then one or two would be annoyed at never playing (unless Hughton changed them every week or two etc.)

  • fongct

    Apr 30, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #14

    frankly if he can only get 13 appearances in the league and 9 starts in championhip this season, also Hall started before him, it is obvious that Hughton prefers experience cb….I really cant see him getting more starts next season in PL

    I prefer we loan him out to championship clubs next season, get a full season football first…that will certainly help him to improve….then he can come back challenging again….or he can end up to be another Edgar, got frustrated with no first team football and left

    also, he has proof nothing yet…we used to produce Shola, Chopra and Caldwells who were prospects but turn out to be top championship standard players…while we also had/have NZogbia and S.Taylor…and we have Carroll and Krul with us for longer than 2 years…so that is nothing new

  • Newutd

    Apr 30, 2010 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #15

    Agree with fongct here.


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