You just never know in football, and the events of last Saturday could well have given 21 year-old Tamas Kadar a big chance at Newcastle.
Tamas Kadar – will he get his chance on Saturday?
Tamas was signed back in January of 2008, and he played 16 times in the promotion season and always looked a good player at either center-back or left-back.
And now with the injuries to Steven Taylor and Fab Coloccini, and with Mike Williamson still out injured, Tamas is the next in line as a recognized center-back in the squad.
But of course he has gone down the pecking order over the last twelve months or so, due to injuries and lack of form.
Burt only a couple of months ago he started to play both in the Reserves and the Hungarian sides at U21 level and picked up his second full cap too, so he has played quite a few games over that time.
Indeed he played for the Hungarian U21 side against Italy, when Davide Santon was in the Italian side for a European qualifying game.
But it’s still not clear who will start alongside James Perch at Norwich on Saturday, but at least Tamas is being brought in from the cold and given a chance to show what he can do in training this week.
That has to be good, and Davide Santon is also able to play at center-back and Danny Simpson has filled in at center-back before during the promotion season.
And one surprise this summer was that not only did Tamas not make the American tour, but he was not officially listed in the first team squad, so we have to assume Kadar did not impress manager Alan Pardew too much.
Tamas will get his number 40 back and he spoke today to the local press:
“Hopefully, I can get my chance to play for Newcastle again. I want to step up and play for the first team.” “To get to the first team, it’ll be hard work – I know that – but I know myself.”
“I feel I can do the job for the team. All I can do is train hard.” “If I train with the first team, I have to show the manager what I can do. That is my aim.”
Kadar made his Newcastle debut in the Carling Cup against Huddersfield Town on 26th August, 2009 in a thrilling 4-3 win at St. James’ Park against Lee Clarks’ side, and he has 18 total appearances for Newcastle, but only two of them have come since the promotion season which ended in May of last year.
Kadar’s contract runs out next summer, and it had been thought he would be sent out on loan next month, and depending on how he did would determine whether he got an extension to his deal on Tyneside.
But it was really not expected that he would be staying at Newcastle, but at least now the youngster, who we always thought looked a tremendous prospect at Newcastle could get his chance at Norwich.
Whether he plays or not will depend on how he looks in training this week, but surely Danny Simpson will not be drafted into the middle?
We need a tall center-back who is a good header of the ball and Tamas fits the bill there, although Davide Santon could also be drafted into the center of the defense.
The difficulty with Davide is he has no experience of the Premier League, and no doubt Alan Pardew was trying to ease him into the side.
But it could be that Pardew will now have to take a chance on either Santon or Kadar at the back on Saturday alongside James Perch.
Whoever plays there at Norwich, we will be hoping they will do well with James Perch, and it will be a difficult task for both James Perch and whoever gets the node, but it’s also a huge chance for those two players.
A result on Saturday at Carrow Road would now look a good result for the depleted Newcastle side.
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