TAMAS KADAR can put himself firmly in the frame at Newcastle by shining for Town.
That’s the view of St James’ Park boss Alan Pardew as the 20-year-old loan left-back prepares to make his second appearance for Lee Clark’s side at Walsall tomorrow.
Pardew, knows League I well from his time in charge of Southampton and believes it’s the perfect environment in which the Hungarian international can develop.
“He will be better off for experiencing football in a very tough division,” said Pardew, who had scout Steve Hampson on duty to check on Kadar’s debut in Tuesday’s 3-2 win over Plymouth at the Galpharm.
“Huddersfield are a good club who are chasing promotion and this is a good chance for Tamas to get some games under his belt.”
Kadar’s initial loan runs through to February 15, with the Banks’s Stadium showdown the first of eight games in that period.
Pardew had Kadar on the bench as Newcastle suffered a shock FA Cup third-round defeat at Stevenage last Saturday.
But he didn’t go on, meaning he can play for Town in their fourth-round tie at Arsenal or Leeds the weekend after next.
He’s already faced Arsenal in the Carling Cup this season, with Toon suffering a 4-0 fourth-round home defeat in October.
That took his overall Magpies appearance tally to 18, his debut coming in last season’s 4-3 Carling Cup second-round win over Town at St James’.
Town boss Clark’s knowledge of the player goes back even further, for he was on the Newcastle coaching staff when Kadar first arrived from Hungarian club Zalaegerszegi TE, where he played 14 first-team games, three years ago.
“I worked with him at Newcastle, so I know what we are getting,” said Clark.
“He played as a central defender when he made his debut against us in the Carling Cup last season and that shows how flexible he is.
“But the thing for me was the desire he showed.
“He was on the bench for Newcastle in the FA Cup last Saturday, but he couldn’t agree to the move here quickly enough.
“He collected his boots from the Newcastle training ground on Sunday before travelling here to be with the squad in preparation for the Plymouth game.”
Clark was encouraged by what he saw of Kadar on Tuesday, adding: “He tired because he hasn’t had that much football of late.
“But you could see he is comfortable on the ball, and there were some big pluses to take.”