Interview courtesy of @SimonPeach of the Press Association. Simon is a Sports Reporter based in London who has been published in many reputable magazines and websites including HungarianFootball.com about Ferencvaros’ English Invasion.
Ákos Buzsáky is one of the most talented Hungarian players of his generation.
The QPR midfielder is a dead-ball specialist with fantastic individual ability, leading to the Loftus Road faithful nicknaming him the
Buzsáky is also highly thought of at former club Plymouth, with whom he spent several years after a peculiar-looking move from Porto.
The 29-year-old failed to make a real impact in Portugal but has flourished in England, where he is now becoming an important player in the top flight.
Having managed just five Premier League appearances during Neil Warnock’s reign, he has fought his way back into the team since Mark Hughes’ arrival last month.
Simon Peach caught up with Buzsáky last week to find out a bit more about his tumultuous season with QPR, the future and why he believes so many promising Hungarians never develop into world-class players.
SP: First of all, it must be nice to be back in the first-team?
ÁB: “It is really nice to be back. I don’t really want to talk about the past but if you’re not playing, there is all sorts of things you think about. Things in football change so quickly, from one day to another everything could be different.”
SP: How are things under new manager Mark Hughes?
ÁB: “I think it is promising because the training has got better, the team shape has got better. We work a lot on that. I think everybody can see it is a positive impact he has made on the squad and on the players.”
SP: What have you made of the January signings, like Djibril Cissé Bobby Zamora and Nedum Onuoha?
ÁB: “We have some big players now and they will help us. QPR does not want to fight against relegation. We want to be a good mid-table team in the Premier League. Because we are in the situation we are, the big players can always help with their experience and, of course, talent to get us as many points as we can.”
SP: Do you think the squad strong enough to stay up?
ÁB: “Definitely, but you never know in football. Everyone knows we need to do our best because things can change. Even without the new signings, we shouldn’t be fighting against relegation but we are because that is something we did not do properly. Everybody needs to look in the mirror and just give 100% from now on. I am sure under this new regime, we will be fine.”
SP: You have been at QPR for quite a while now. How much has the club changed?
ÁB: “When I came here, QPR was almost bottom of the Championship. A lot of things have changed and when I came there was a big, big thing about getting to the Premier League. There were big dreams about it and we wanted to get there within three or four years. That is what happened, we did it and we are in the Premier League. I think QPR deserves to be here and this is a club that does not want to go up and down, go up again and go down. We have done the hard bit and now we want to stay up and be an established Premier League side like Everton or Stoke.”
SP: Your contract runs out at the end of the season. Are you hopeful of getting a new one?
ÁB: “At the moment I just want to play as many games as I can and help the team as much as I can. Things will take care of themselves, I think.”
SP: You are obviously playing in the Premier League but why don’t more Hungarian players make it to such heady levels? Is there a problem in their progress?
ÁB: “It is a very complicated question. I think Hungarian footballers have got talent but I don’t think in Hungary there was the set-up and the coaching is not as well as it should be to make world-class players. It has got a bit better because there are some football academies and everything is going in the right direction, but it needs time. It needs years and years until we can produce a big player. But we have some good players who are playing in the top leagues like Zoltán Gera, who has been in England for a couple of years. We have players in Germany and Russia, but I think the football academies can help.”