Hungarian Lucky Talisman Gives Pardew Options

08 December 2011 12:00
The Hungarian international Tamas Kadar has been handed squad No 40 for the trip to Carrow Road this weekend.

Alan Pardew ponders whether to start with the eastern European – or field somebody out of position - with defensive options severely limited in his backline.

Apparently Davide Santon is capable of playing centre of defence, while Danny Simpson has filled in as a makeshift centre-back before . during the Championship promotion season two years ago.

Kadar is one of many youth team players that Newcastle have drafted in under Mike Ashley's 'bargain bin policy' of "get them young and we can make a big profit on them in later years".

But, like so many of them, he hasn't cut the mustard and has found himself down the pecking order at St James’.

The player’s squad number was not listed on official club publications after a summer of slow progress, but of late Kadar has been working hard in the reserves under Willie Donachie and been rewarded with the captaincy.

Tamas Kadar: “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 debut in the Carling Cup against Huddersfield Town in a 4-3 win, yet also holds the distinction of not appearing on the losing side for Newcastle in the league after 13 appearances.

However, with his contract up at the end of the campaign, the time is now for Kadar.