Ádám Nagy first hit my radar in November 2015, Hungary were playing Norway in the second leg of a European play-off qualifier at the Groupama Arena, in Budapest. The game finished 2-1 to the Magyars, and this saw them progress into the finals with an agregate score of 3-1. The spotlight in that match was very much on the Norwegians, and in particular a certain Martin Ødegaard; who though, could have predicted that a young 20-year-old Hungarian would have outshone his more recognisable opponent.
Ádám Nagy started that game as a holding midfielder in a Hungarian team that set-up with a well organised 4-1-4-1 formation, while the youngster was expected to disrupt their opponents through his sheer athleticism and natural tackling ability. The positive and forward thinking Nagy hustled and harried the Norwegians, giving them little time or space. And while the away team may have dominated possession it was the home side who were more clinical and precise in front of goal. The two-footed Nagy was a composed figure in the middle, often choosing to drive his team forward, his enthusiastic nature even rubbed off on his teammates. That game certainly alerted many clubs to the emerging abilities of this talented young Hungarian.
These eye-catching performances continued for his club side, Ferencváros, which in turn thrust him onto the world stage at the European Championships of 2016. Hungarian exited at the round of 16 stage, but after the tournament Nagy made it onto the list of the top 10 young talents of the competition. Clubs promptly scrambled for his signature … And in July 2016, the Italian club, Bologna, won the race to sign Nagy.
In his first season with the I Rossoblu, Nagy played a total 28 games in league and cup, a reasonable amount of games for a promising young player in a top league. However, this season, Nagy has started just one game and made just a single appearance from the bench, in addition, he started bologna’s most recent Coppa Italia match against Cittadella, a 0-3 defeat (prompting me to write this post).
The worry for both fans of Ádám Nagy and for fans of Hungarian football is that he will stagnate and fail to develop his potential if his lack of game time continues. He is under contract with Bologna until June 2021, however, he may be forced to look elsewhere in order to get more first team football. For me, a possible solution for the 22-year-old could be to find a move away from I Rossoblu, at least a temporary one. And in doing so, he would get the regular first team football he not only deserves but needs, and with a club who would be more appreciative of his abilities. Additionally, if he did perform well on-loan, the Italian club would be more willing to grant him more game time on his return; failing this he could be tempted into a permanent move away from the Serie A club, and to a club who was willing to offer him regular playing time — thus allowing him reach his obvious potential.