Liverpool have once again invited two Hungarian trialists from MTK following the success of Kristof Polgar, who has made encouraging strides at Anfield in his short time with the club thus far. The coaching staff at the Academy have been impressed by the Hungarian defender’s performances and hope to unravel another gem when they assess midfielder Balint Vogyicska and goalkeeper Patrik Demjen.
Vogyicska who is the captain of Hungary’s U16 team, has been deemed as a future MTK star due to his eye catching performances for the Hungarian team’s U16 side where the midfielder bagged over 20 goals last season. He’s got a real eye for a pass and knack for scoring goals at crucial times, however he’ll need to been on top form if he wants to cut the grade at Liverpool as there are a number of talented players in his position already at the Academy including Herbie Kane and Adam Phillips, although the latter has of late been promoted to the U18s. Therefore it seems that the Hungarian may have been brought in to fill the vacant position alongside Kane.
Demjen who’s also a Hungarian U16 international, is a tall goalkeeper who has been known to be good with his feet – which fits perfectly with Brendan Rodgers’s philosophy. Although with the likes of Crump, Firth, Fulton and Owen Wheeler at the club, it’s difficult to see where the Hungarian would fit in, unless the club really believe he has something that the quartet mentioned above don’t quite posses and the potential to make it with our first team. One thing for sure is that if Demjen does convince the coaching staff that he’s good enough to be signed up on a permanent basis, he’ll be determined not to emulate Peter Gulacsi – the previous Hungarian keeper to turn out for the club’s Academy sides. Although Gulacsi was full of promise when he arrived, he never managed to fulfill his full potential or even make a single first team appearance in a competitive fixture before he was sold to Redbull Salzburg this summer.
It’s always exciting to read about possible new arrivals at the club, however the pair are only 15 years of age and therefore even if the club do indeed decided they’re good enough, it’ll take a long time until they’re anywhere near the first team. Hence why the fans must make sure that they are patient over their development and understand that the process takes time, of course there’ll be disappointments/bad performances on the way, however all that is just part of the long journey to the first team.