Friday, February 25, 2011

Balazs Dzsudzsak - Scout report, How good is him?

Arguably the most talented of Hungary's current crop of midfielders, burgeoning national team star Balazs Dzsudzsak has in few seasons transformed into one of the most prolific wingers in Europe.

Balazs Dzsudzsak began his career at Hungarian outfit Debrecen in 2005 at the age of 18 and managed 14 goals in 48 appearances over the course of three seasons before Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven spotted his potential.

PSV scout Piet de Visser labelled the young Hungarian an “incredible talent”, and the Eredivisie outfit swiftly signed him on a five-year deal.

Dzsudzsak's statistics in a PSV shirt tell the story of an inventive midfield man gradually progressing into one of the Eredivisie's most efficient performers.

His efficiency in creating and scoring goals has improved in every season since his switch from Hungary in January 2008.

He clocked up 16 goals and 13 assists in 44 appearances in all competitions last year, and already has 16 goals and eight assists in 29 showings so far this term, including a double against AZ in the most recent league match.

In the process of becoming one of PSV's vital cogs, Dzsudzsak has also developed into one of the Hungarian national team's key members.

He made his international debut in June 2007 and has since accumulated 33 appearances for Hungary, scoring five goals, including a dramatic last-gasp winner in the European Championships group stage fixture against Finland in October 2010.
Despite interest from a host of European giants - notably including Liverpool and Juventus - during the recent January transfer window, the pacey winger remains grounded and convinced he is at the right club to progress.

The 24-year-old recently signed an improved contract with PSV to extend his stay in Holland until summer 2015, and expressed his delight at continuing with the Eindhoven side.

"PSV have really become my club. I am happy here and I feel this squad will be able to achieve great things. I am still developing as a player, and this is the best club for me to continue that process.", he said.

Still, the Hungary star is believed to have a release cause stipulated in his contract which would allow him to leave for an offer in the region of €10m, and he has previously expressed interest in a switch to the Spanish La Liga.

"I'd definitely be interested in leaving PSV for a club in Spain. I wouldn't turn down an offer from Valencia or Atletico Madrid in case they are willing to match my minimum fee release clause.”, he said in January 2010.

Dzsudzsak is a fast and agile player who has got excellent technical ability. His crossing accuracy is possibly the finest in Holland, while he is also a real threat on goal from long-range and is a set-piece expert.

He appears to be well-suited for the technical nature of the Spanish top flight, but his broad array of skills would no doubt allow him to make an impact in any of Europe's most competitive divisions.

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