From: Gyori ETO - undisclosed fee - August 2006
Career stats: Soccerbase
He is: The new Ferenc Puskás, if Aidy's talent-spotting so far is
anything to go by.
I mean, let's be honest - I'd never heard of Tamás Priskin until he came
on trial. I'd never heard of his former club, Gyori ETO either, and my first thought for the "He
is:" section was "Gheorghe Hagi", until I realised he was, er, Romanian.
So, before I begin the meat and drink of writing his player profile from
my position of near perfect ignorance, here are ten things we know about
(1) He's Hungarian. Not Romanian (despite the fact that the two are
He is twenty years old (although you know what the Eastern Europeans
are like with their passports. Probably doctored it and he's really
thirty-three but is having botox injections to engineer a big-money move
(3) He is six-foot-one and eleven stone seven according to the official site (but six foot two
and thirteen stone one according to football.co.uk
so God knows what has happened to him in pre-season. Perhaps he has
shrunk due to age?)
(4) He has signed from Gyġri ETO, who finished ninth out of fourteen in the
Hungarian league in 2005-6 (but two other teams in that league changed
their names just last season, so it is unclear how long they've been
called Gyġri ETO for.)
(5) He has three caps for his country already, and a number of under-twenty-one caps (the number being at least one, and your faithful reporter's will
to establish precisely how many having expired at one).
(6) It is his birthday on the twenty-seventh of September (but see (2)).
(7) We paid somewhere between £150 000 and £1m for him, depending on who you believe (but his agent is one Raymond Sparkes and a Glaswegian, so my guess is closer to the £1m figure. We Scots are canny and mean).
(8) He was rumoured to be a target for FC Koln to replace the outgoing
Lukas Podolski (which would be nice if it were true, although the rule
of Riley - no quote, no story - casts doubt on this).
(9) Google does not know how many games he played for Gyġri ETO (and nor do I).
(10) However, he currently has four goals and three assists in a mere
smattering of pre-season games, some of which he's come off the bench for.
So, he's big (give or take an inch), in Ron Atkinson parlance "knows
where the goal is" (although on reflection Ron probably wouldn't use a
French word), quick enough, and is unselfish enough to set up goals even
when on trial. Whether he succeeds or not remains to be seen - but
Aidy's nose for a striker so far has been nothing short of excellent, he
signs players with attitudes I like, and he's signing someone young,
clearly talented, and with a lot to prove. Puskás may be stretching it a
little, but they do both have accents in their names, and that has to
count for something. Tamás will start behind Henderson and King in terms
of the starting line-up, but with him and Bouazza waiting in the wings,
we have healthy competition for places, and two strikers who are barely
20. He may not be the finished article yet - but he has time, he has the
opportunity, and he'll have the support from the club. There will be
less qualifiers in his next profile, I'd think...
Last updated: August 2006