TAMAS Kadar has never regretted his decision to move to Newcastle United despite the constant upheaval since he arrived at the club – and the young Hungarian is beginning to show why the Magpies were so keen to bring him to Tyneside.
Kadar cut an impressive figure at the centre of the Newcastle defence during Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie against Plymouth as United failed to win a game they dominated from start to finish.
The 19-year-old has already shown glimpses of his talent this season, but this was his most assured display yet as he slotted in superbly alongside Fabricio Coloccini in the absence of the rested Steven Taylor.
And Kadar, who can play at either left-back or centre-back, is delighted with the progress he has made at St James’ Park, despite working with five different managers in two years, as he looks to gain as much first-team experience as he can this season.
“Coming to Newcastle was a fantastic decision for me despite everything that has happened to the club since I got here,” said Kadar, who has recovered well from the broken leg he suffered in a reserve game against Sunderland 12 months ago. “There have been a lot of different managers in the two years since
I joined, but I have just got on with my job, working hard and training hard. I’ve tried to learn as much as I can from the coaches I’ve worked with and I’ve liked everything about the club.
“To come over from Hungary at a young age was something I felt I needed to do. English football is very strong and I decided I had to leave home if I was going to get the best start to my career – and I have never regretted it.
“This season has been very good for me. I’m always involved with the first-team squad, I’ve played a few games as well and I feel I am already better for the experience I have gained over these last few months. I’m still young and I realise I’ve still got a lot to learn, but I am very happy at Newcastle United.”
Although Newcastle are in the market for a new defender during the January transfer window, Kadar has benefited by being part of a small United squad this season because of the financial problems brought on by relegation.
And the teenager, arguably Newcastle’s best player in the goalless draw at Plymouth, is hoping he will get another opportunity to impress in the FA Cup Third Round replay next week.
He said: “From a selfish point of view, I’m quite happy with the prospect of a replay because it hopefully gives me the chance of another first team game. We’ve got the replay, now we have to win it. We’ll be at home and the pressure will be on us but I’m already looking forward to it.
“I’m quite a quiet man, but I want to play as much as I can do. I will carry on working hard and hopefully I will get another chance to play.
“The FA Cup gives me a good opportunity to get some games and I hope that I will be given the chance to complete the job against Plymouth in the replay.
“I do feel as though I’ve improved this season. I’ve worked hard, but I’ve been involved in the first team a lot and that might not have happened if we didn’t have such a small squad.”
:: NEWCASTLE have finally managed to offload Geremi after the Cameroon international moved to Turkish club MKE Ankaragücü last night in a £1m deal.
The transfer will come as a major boost to the Magpies’ finances as the midfielder, who has not played since the 2-1 defeat at Scunthorpe at the end of October, earned around £56,000 a week and has been little more than a periphery member of the squad since relegation.
Geremi had lost more than a yard of pace in recent years and has been a big disappointment since a free transfer switch from Chelsea three years ago.
This will be his second stint in Turkey, having already played for Gençlerbirligi.