NEWCASTLE starlet Tamas Kadar made it known he is relishing life on Tyneside, despite his stay being overshadowed by two of the most turbulent and controversial years in the club’s history.
The 19-year-old started only his fourth game for Newcastle in their 0-0 draw at Plymouth, where he gave an almost flawless display alongside the more experienced Fabrico Coloccini at the heart of the defence.
The Hungary-born centre half reads the game superbly, is calm and composed on the ball, and looks to be the best young prospect to emerge through the St James’ Park ranks since Steven Taylor.
“Coming to Newcastle was a fantastic decision for me, despite everything that has happened to the club since I got here,” said the former Zalaegerszegi starlet.
“There have been a lot of different managers 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 and I feel as though I am already better for the experience I have gained over these last few months. I’m still a young man and I realise I’ve still got a lot to learn, but I am very happy at Newcastle United.”
Kadar expects to stand down for Taylor for next weekend’s trip to Reading, but if manager Chris Hughton continues with his contentious decision to rotate his squad for the FA Cup then the youngster will probably return for Newcastle’s third round replay against Plymouth on Wednesday, January 13.
“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,” said the Hungary Under-21 international.
“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.”
The United boss revealed he was pleased with Kadar’s display at Home Park, and his development since he made his full debut in the club’s 4-3 victory over Huddersfield in the Carling Cup.
Hughton believes there is more to come from the teenager as the season continues.
“He has always been a composed player,” said the 52-year-old manager.
“What his strengths are is that he is a good passer of the ball and he’s got pace.
And I thought the thing that were going to hurt us (against Plymouth) was (Jamie) Mackie’s pace. Take that into consideration then that was a good game from him.
“He’s a young lad and he’s learning like Nile Ranger and we prefer to introduce them slowly. But the most important thing is that they get experience. If you don’t play them then how are you to know how good a player they are? How do you make those decisions? And at some stage it is those big important games that you’re prepared to put them in.”