The Season So Far…Paksi SE and Kecskeméti TE

 

Gaby Kovacs and Tomasz Mortimer are back with the fifth of their installments as we go over the season so far for all the sides in NBI. Starting from the bottom, we’ll be working our way up to the top sides every Monday. You can see Part 1 here, Part 2 here, Part 3 here and Part 4 here

Club:  Paks

Position: 8th

Season so Far: Last seasons surprise runners up are so far showing this season that they can mix it with the big boys as they currently sit in 8th place with 6 wins and 6 draws providing their 24 points from 17 games. Being the fourth highest scorers is overshadowed by the fact they rank second in goals conceded, but all this is very impressive though, for a club which was only promoted into the top division for the first time in their history back in 2006, and only has Hungarian players in the squad. The season began well for the Atomcsapat (Nuclearteam) with a decent showing in the europa league qualifiers, which saw them take the scalp of Tromso before being knocked out in the third round to Hearts.

Player so Far: After a slow start to the season, midfielder and captain Dániel Böde has run the show for Paks, weighing in with 7 goals also. The giant number 13 is a one club man and has found the form again which saw him finish last season on 15 goals, a record some strikers in the league would be proud of. Despite his size and no nonsense tackling, he has only picked up two yellow cards, choosing finesse over aggression.

Player to watch:  Still only 24 years old, forward Ádám Hrepka was once a great prospect in Hungary. He was linked to all kinds of clubs, including Blackpool in the English championship, but has so far only fulfilled his potential in glimpses and whilst currently on loan to Paks from MTK Budapest, this second half of the season could really be make or break. His three international caps are probably his only ones, but in Hungary, stranger things have happened.

Expectations: What expectations? The relative new comers are aware they are punching well above their weight and staying in this division with an all Hungarian team has made them most peoples second club. Keeping manager Károly Kis must surely be the priority this season as there will no doubt be the managerial merry go round to come. Paks are called the nuclear team due to Hungary’s only nuclear reactor being located there, and while a lot of clubs have been going into meltdown, Paks have been a real success story.

Club: Kecskeméti TE

Position: 7th

Season So Far: Inconsistency. That’s been the main issue for KTE this season. Even though they sit in a respectable mid table position, and 10 points off the relegation zone, Kecskemét could definitely be up in the European places if they could keep a run of form going. Impressive away wins over Videoton and DVTK have been marred by draws and losses to lesser opposition. Last year’s Magyar Kupa winners have built on their success of the previous season and have added some impressive signings with Csaba Cszimadia and Laszlo Lencse both moving to the Midlands. That combined with the miracle of retaining Foxi in the summer should definitely bode well for them in the second half of the season. Still alive and kicking in the Liga Kupa, KTE could just possibly add to their triumph of 2011.

Player So Far: Even though he’s only featured in 9 games this season, Laszlo Lencse has been in outstanding form for KTE this season, notching 5 goals in the league. The former Videoton man, who scored 4 in 5 for Vidi last year, was seen as something of a coup for Kecskemét in the summer and he’s already being tipped for bigger and greater things. A run of games and a bit more luck with injuries will definitely help Lencse and KTE in 2012. Many eyebrows were raised when Videoton offloaded the 23 year old in the summer, and Lencse has already hit back at hit his previous employers. The former-Hungarian Under 21 international has a lot to prove in NBI.

Player to Watch: Lajos Bertus, KTE’s playmaker, has performed exactly the same way as the rest of his team this season – inconsistently. The Hungarian Under 21 international has bags of talent, and you can really see glimpses of his quality in games, but that quality wasn’t shown off enough in 2011. Now in 2012, Bertus has to kick on, not just for his team, but for himself too. The attacking midfielder has raw ability, but with consistency and willpower, the 21 year old can really make it as decent player in a foreign country. Even though it’s not his game, Bertus has only come up with one goal this season, and he really needs to come up with some more for a team who have struggled at times to find the net. Bertus may feel a bit overshadowed by his midfield counterpart, Foxi who was KTE’s talisman last season, but even so, he has bags of potential and hopefully he will flaunt that in 2012.

Expectations: KTE have an abundance of talent in their squad from back to front. They probably have the most dangerous midfield in Listingi, Foxi and Bertus who can all provide and score goals on regular occasions. At the back they have the experienced Bela Balogh who will now be accompanied by former-Hungarian international, Csaba Cszimadia. What Kecskemét need to do now is mould that talent into a team and progress in 2012. They’re only four points off the Europa League spots in fourth, so that has to be their aim for this season. It’s definitely achievable.

 

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