Who is Dominic Szoboszlai and should Newcastle sign him?
Amidst the transfer rumour mill and Premier League speculation, Hungarian midfielder Dominic Szoboszlai has become a hot topic of conversation. The 22-year-old has been making waves in European football with impressive performances for his club and country. He has become a target for many top European clubs, with Newcastle United reportedly showing interest in signing the young midfielder.
Szoboszlai was born in the Hungarian capital of Budapest in 2000. It was clear from a young age that he had a natural talent for football and he joined the academy of local club Videoton FC (now MOL Fehervar FC) at the age of 6. After impressing in the academy, he made his debut for the senior team at just 16 years old. He quickly established himself as a key player for the team and helped them win the Hungarian Cup in 2018.
His impressive performances for MOL Fehervar FC caught the attention of RB Salzburg, one of the biggest clubs in Austria. Salzburg signed Szoboszlai in January 2019, and he has since become a key player for the Austrian champions. In his first full season at Salzburg, Szoboszlai scored 12 goals and provided 18 assists in all competitions, helping the team win the Austrian Bundesliga and the Austrian Cup.
In addition to his club performances, Szoboszlai has also been impressing on the international stage. He has been a regular member of the Hungarian national team since 2019 and has already scored 3 goals in just 10 appearances. He recently scored a stunning last-minute winner against Iceland in the UEFA Nations League, helping Hungary qualify for the playoffs for Euro 2020 (now scheduled for 2021).
So, what are the qualities that make Szoboszlai such an attractive prospect for Newcastle United? Firstly, his technical ability is exceptional. He has a great range of passing, is comfortable with the ball at his feet, and is a superb set-piece taker. Secondly, he is versatile and can play in a number of different positions. He is primarily a central midfielder, but can also play as an attacking midfielder or on either wing. This flexibility would be a huge asset for Newcastle, who are in desperate need of creative midfield options.
Furthermore, Szoboszlai has shown that he has a strong mentality and the ability to perform under pressure. He has scored key goals in important games for Salzburg and Hungary and has an impressive record in delivering when it matters most. This mental toughness is something that could be hugely beneficial for a Newcastle team that has struggled to perform consistently in recent years.
However, there are also some potential downsides to signing Szoboszlai. Firstly, his price tag is likely to be high. Salzburg have a history of selling their best players for large fees (such as Erling Haaland to Borussia Dortmund in January 2020), and Szoboszlai is likely to be no exception. Newcastle may struggle to compete financially with some of the top European teams that are reportedly interested in the player.
Secondly, there is the question of whether Szoboszlai would be a good fit for the Premier League. The physicality and intensity of the Premier League can take some players time to adjust to, and there is always a risk that a player who has excelled in another league may struggle to perform at the same level in England. However, Szoboszlai’s versatility and technical ability suggest that he could adapt well to the Premier League.
So, should Newcastle sign Dominic Szoboszlai? There is certainly a case to be made for it. He has proven that he is a talented and versatile midfielder who has the potential to become a key player at a top European club. However, there is no guarantee that he would be able to replicate his performances in the Premier League, and the competition for his signature is likely to be fierce.
Ultimately, the decision will come down to Newcastle’s owners and coaching staff. They will need to weigh up the potential benefits of signing Szoboszlai against the potential risks and decide whether he is the right fit for the club. Whatever they decide, there is no doubt that Szoboszlai is a player to keep an eye on in the coming months.