Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

FA Cup Unearths a Star of Future; John Gibson

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

FA Cup Unearths a Star of Future; John Gibson

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IF Chris Hughton can be accused by his harshest critics of devaluing the FA Cup by team selection then at least he can maintain he has unveiled a future star.

While Newcastle United again proved at Plymouth that their squad isn't deep enough to sustain wholesale changes in domestic cups, Tamas Kadar emerged from the shadows to confirm his pedigree.

The Hungarian Under-20 international, in for local hero Steven Taylor, was calmly sure-footed alongside Argentina's World Cup hopeful Fabricio Coloccini to make certain of no Pilgrims progress!

United had looked desperately thin at the centre of their defence going into the January transfer window with on-loan Zurab Khizanishvili back wintering in Blackburn, but Kadar - in only his fourth first-team start - made a telling contribution to ease worries.

He only emerged this season, with his debut coming in another skeleton cup team against Huddersfield, but with each outing more has been revealed to sustain optimism that here is an assured performer for the future.

Hughton had gambled, leaving out no fewer than seven first-teamers from his starting line-up - Steve Harper, Jose Enrique, Steven Taylor, Jonas Gutierrez, Kevin Nolan, Andy Carroll, and Peter Lovenkrands.

United's boss justifies his selection by pointing out that promotion is the No 1 target this season, which indeed is absolutely right, but his treatment of domestic trophies has proved he hasn't got enough quality in depth.

The Mags simply cannot progress when slimmed down - Shola Ameobi had to be brought on to rescue a struggling Newcastle at home to League One Huddersfield Town in the Carling Cup at a mammoth price. He didn't play again after picking up a foot injury for more than three months.

In the next round, at lowly Peterborough, the Mags sent out their kids and were duly coshed.

And on Saturday, an under-strength side was held by Plymouth who, third bottom of the Championship, should have been taken care of first time of asking. …

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