The Future Stars of Hungarian Football

There are a plenty of exciting young Hungarian prospects around the world at the moment, impressing for their clubs. Many have the potential to become influential players for the National Team in years to come. Here are just a few a few of them.

 

István Kovács

Age: 21   Club: Videoton

In my opinion he’s the Hungarian Jack Wilshere. Kovács is undoubtedly the country’s biggest star playing in one of Hungary’s strongest teams right now. The midfielder likes to play just off the striker however he can play in a number of different positions in midfield as well, which has allowed him to make more appearances this season for Videoton. Koko as the Vidi fans call him, is incredibly strong on the ball and defenders literally find it impossible to stop him, when he’s at his best.

This season has been a highly successful one for the youngster, with Videoton reaching the Group Stages of the Europa League, so therefore Kovács was able to show his ability at a higher level. Although he wasn’t really a regular during the early stages of the season, with Sándor, the Videoton captain considered ahead of him in the pecking order. He had to make do with substitute appearances to show his ability, which Kovács did, especially during the qualifying rounds.

Unfortunately, Videoton did not manage to qualify for the knockout rounds of the tournament which ultimately resulted in Paulo Sousa departing the club during the winter break. This may turn out to be a positive move for Kovács, as the newly appointed Vidi manager seems to start him regularly and has more faith in the youngster hence why this will be such an important half a year for Kovács as if he impresses there’s no doubt that there will be interest from clubs abroad in the summer. However Kovács does need to score more frequently, as he usually scores about 2-3 goals a season which isn’t good enough for an attacking midfielder.  Although playing regularly will help him to overcome that as he’ll have more time on the pitch, which means he’ll have more opportunities to score as well.

 

Krisztián Adorján

Age: 20   Club: Liverpool FC

The Hungarian playmaker has really made an impression this season, becoming an extremely influential player for Liverpool’s second string side, the U21s. With many of the players like Sterling and Suso making the step up to the first team, Adorján got the opportunity to play further forward which is where he prefers to play.

At the start of the season Adorján was involved in the club’s pre-season tour of America where he had the opportunity to impress newly appointed boss Brendan Rodgers and got his first taste of first team action with the reds.

Following the tour to America, Adorján returned to the U21s where he was told by Rolfo Borrell, the U21 manager at the time, to add more goals to his name. Adorján didn’t let his manager down and he is now the top scorer for the U21s this season scoring 10 goals in all competitions hence why Brendan Rodgers has kept a close eye on the Hungarian, who has been regularly attending first team training sessions. The Hungarian was even involved in the Liverpool first team squad against Mansfield back in January though he failed to make the bench with Rodgers deciding to play his more experienced players against the Non League opposition.

I don’t think it will be a long time until the Hungarian eventually makes his debut with the player edging closer to the first team every week. He just needs to keep scoring goals and playing well, soon his time will come. In my opinion Adorján would benefit from a loan spell, which could become a possibility next season if Adorján still hasn’t made a first team appearance by then. This guy is desperate to make it at Liverpool and has the right attitude to do so and he isn’t lacking any quality either therefore I am sure that he’ll get his chance at Liverpool eventually.

 

Soma Novothny

Age: 18  Club: Napoli   

The former Veszprém youngster joined Italian giants Napoli last year, and since then he has made a fantastic impression at his new club. Novothny is tipped to do well and he’s one of the most highly rated players at the club.

The striker’s season began with the first team during their pre-season tour in the summer. This was Novothny’s time to shine and he made his debut against Bayern Munich during a friendly match, which was eventually won 3-2 by Napoli. Novothny then netted for Napoli in their next game against Grosseto.

Following that incredible experience for the 18 year old, he was sent back to Napoli’s Reserve side to prepare with them for the upcoming season. He opened his account for the side in their first match of the season against Roma’s second string side and ever since then he has been on fire! Novothny and Insigne, Napoli’s other striker, have been unplayable at times this year scoring 26 goals between them in 18 games, with the Hungarian scoring 10 of those.

The Hungarians good run of form hasn’t been unnoticed either as he has been linked with a loan move away from the club ever since January. The latest club’s that were thought to be interested in loaning him was Championship side Watford, who look set to be promoted to the Premier League this season. Their Italian manager Zola has already loaned a lot of players though and maybe that’s the reason why the deal fell through. This has allowed the opportunity for Novothny to stay at Napoli and continue his development at the Italian club.

The youngster has already impressed in Napoli’s first team and he’s one of the most highly rated strikers in Hungary therefore I am sure we’ll be hearing more positive things about him in the future. Also if he keeps this good run of form up, there’s no doubt that sooner or later he will also get the opportunity to impress for Napoli’s first team in a competitive match.

 

Gergely Bobál

Age: 17   Club: Budapest Honvéd

It’s incredible that Bobál is still at Honvéd. The 17 year old striker has been highly rated ever since his performances for the Hungarian team in the U17 European Championships. Bobál scored 7 goals in 5 games and since then he hasn’t stopped scoring.

During the last year no one really knew about Bobál and it was only until the Puskás Suzuki Cup, which is a tournament for Hungary’s best academies, that people really started to talk about him as a future star. That was mainly down to the fact that his performances in the tournament were outstanding, with Bobál helping his side to win the Cup, winning the Top Scorer and Player of the Tournament award along the way.

His performances didn’t go unnoticed either as the English champions Manchester City invited him and his twin brother David who plays at centre half, for a trial at the British club. Bobál impressed alongside his brother training with the U16s for a couple of days, before being deemed too good for them and they were told to train with the U18s instead.

Gergely came back on a high and kept on scoring goals for Honvéd at youth level before earning vital experience with Honvéd’s first team, making his debut in NB1. Gergely only had 21 minutes on the pitch, however he still did a superb job holding up the ball and showed glimpses of what’s to come from him in the near future.

This season Bobál has played mostly at U19 level, where he has been banging in the goal’s for Honvéd, however he has also played for Honvéd’s Reserve side in NB2, making 2 substitute appearances.

The 17 year old has been linked with a move away from the side continuously since his trial at Man City and he was set to sign for the English giants before they pulled out of the deal. It is thought that the most likely destination where Bobál could end up is Roma who are keeping an eye on the striker. This would be a dream come true for young Bobál as he has been a passionate Roma fan ever since he was a young boy with Roma’s captain Francesco Totti being his role model.

 

Tamás Csilus

Age: 17    Club: Ferencváros

Before the start of this season’s winter break no one had a clue who Tamás Csilus was, with the youngster captaining Fradi’s U17 side and scoring 6 goals in the process. Csilus has been impressing for a long time at youth level for Fradi which is the club he and his family have supported for decades, with Csilus visiting the Albert Stadium on a regular basis. He has been at Fradi since the age of 5 and his brother who’s a year younger also plays for the club.

Csilus got his chance to impress during Fradi’s winter tour in Turkey when his U17 side managed by former Ferencváros star Attila Dragóner, travelled to Belek alongside the first team. Csilus and his team mates were expecting to prepare with the U17s and play a few games against highly respected European opposition including Zenit’s U17s. Instead they got the opportunity to impress for the first team with Ricardo Moniz inviting a few of the player to train with his side. Csilus impressed in training which earned him the opportunity to start in Fradi’s first game of the tour against Dnipro which ended as a 1-1 draw. Csilus then played in the rest of Ferencváros’s games before travelling back to Hungary now as a first team player, with Moniz calling him up from the U17s.

Once his return a delighted Csilus signed his first professional contract with Ferencváros. A week later his long awaited dream came true as Csilus made his first competitive debut for the club in the League Cup against Lombard Pápa. Csilus then also made his NB1 debut in the same week, when he came on as a substitute during the dying minutes of Ferencváros’s 3-0 victory over Lombard Pápa.

Csilus witnessed Fradi’s dramatic victory over arch rivals Újpest from the bench last week and Csilus’s is literally living his dream right now. He’s set to feature regularly as a substitute for Fradi’s first team from now on until the end of the season. Csilus’s passion for the shirt is something that’s very hard to find these days hence why Fradi must do everything in their power to keep him in order to become successful. There’s no doubt that there will be interest in the youngster in the future, especially if he keeps impressing, and a lucrative offer from a club abroad will be hard to turn down for Csilus.

 

Kristóf Polgar

Age: 16     Club: Liverpool

The highly rated 16 year old centre back seems to have a bright future ahead of him following his permanent move to English club Liverpool. Polgar will follow in the footsteps of fellow compatriots Krisztián Adorján, Krisztián Németh and Péter Gulácsi who have all impressed at youth level for Liverpool.  Before the 16 year old, seven Hungarians have had spells at Liverpool and so far all of them have failed to make a competitive appearance for the club. There are still three Hungarians on the books at Liverpool at the moment including Polgar, and there’s a possibility that one of them will eventually make an appearance for the first team.

Polgar has been a regular for a struggling MTK Budapest U17 side that are  currently 9th in the U17 NB1 with a game in hand, which is very disappointing for the Hungarian team who are normally expected to be challenging for the number 1 spot.

Polgar was watched by Liverpool scouts throughout the season with the club’s U16 side being short on players in his position. The 16 year old centre back impressed the scouts and he was invited to have a trial with Liverpool alongside his teammate Kevin Korozmán, who is the top scorer in NB1 at U17 level this season.

The pair impressed during their 7 day trial with Korozmán netting two goals for Liverpool U16s on his debut although he claims that he scored a hat-trick. One of his goals went through a hole in the net and the referee didn’t spot it. Polgar also impressed throughout the game as he helped his side to a clean sheet.

The pair were then invited to have another trial in February. Once again Polgar impressed, helping Liverpool U16s beat a strong Birmingham side that included 14 year old centre midfielder Foday Nabay, who has been labelled as the next big thing in England with Manchester City thought to be extremely keen on signing him.

Overall Polgar’s impressive displays earned him a permanent switch to the English giants, with the player saying goodbye to his friends and family a few days ago, before he departed in search of his dream. Polgar will play for Liverpool U16s from now on until the end of the season however if the Academy keeps on having injury troubles, there’s a possibility that the 16 year old will make his debut for the U18s too.

It’s exciting times ahead for the youngster who’s keen on making it at Liverpool, despite admitting that he’s a big Manchester United fan, although he does have a soft spot for the 5 times European Cup champions too. Polgar will need to beef up a little bit though in order to fit into the English style, as at the moment physically he doesn’t look the strongest. That’s going to be a weakness in his position to start off with, however the Liverpool scouts obviously saw something special in him, otherwise they wouldn’t have urged the club to sign him. I am sure he’ll be fine and hopefully he’ll stay at Liverpool for a long time too.