Sallói: The goal was a strong Hungarian core and a younger squad

Friday, September 2, 2022, 11:00 a.m

MOL Fehérvár closed the transfer period with a profit, and the goals of sports director István Sallói were also fulfilled: many young and Hungarian players arrived at Vidi.

MOL Fehérvár FC got off to a strange start in the 2022-23 season, as while they not only made it to the playoffs in the Conference League, but also defeated last year’s 7th place in the Bundesliga away from home, the season in the league started on a different note: the Fehérvár FC team lost three out of five games. are in 7th place, although due to the postponement of the match against Újpest, they played one less match than most of the field.

Even if things didn’t always go well on the field, good news was delivered by sports director István Sallói, who worked hard in the last days of the transfer season. The arrival of national team winger Schön Szabolcs and Lirim Kastrati, considered one of the greatest South Slavic talents, was announced recently.

“In the club’s playing philosophy, fast wingers play an important role, so we wanted to strengthen the squad in these positions, and the need also dictated this, as we sold Ivan Petrjak’s playing rights in the summer,” said the Fehérvár legend to the MOL Team.

Young people and Hungarians

In the summer transfer season, several Hungarian players joined Vidi, in addition to the national team Schön, Ákos Szendrei arrives from DAC, and Barnabás Bese, who spent last season in Székesfehérvár, also strengthens the team in the 2022/23 season.

“One of our aspirations is to always have a strong Hungarian core in the team. Several Hungarian players are regulars in Vidi, and our new signings will join them. But we also had another important goal.”

“Based on last year’s performance, it can be seen that the team needs to be rebuilt, so with a couple of routine players, like in the defense Kasper Larsenor in midfield Claudio Bumbamost of the summer signings are young players who bring quality and fresh energy to the team. Schön only 21 years old Castrate a year older than him Sendrei nineteen, the Slovak youth national team Humble and twenty years old. Coming from ZTE Nikola Serafimov he is almost considered old at his twenty-two years,” added Sallói.

The transfer period produced a profit

It is also an incidental aspect that MOL Fehérvár’s framework has been expanded by the fact that commercially advantageous agreements have also been reached, as Adrián Rus left along with Petrjak, and Vidi received a significant sum of two million euros for the two players, according to transfermarkt.

Photo: MOL Fehérvár

“We try to keep the buy-sell side in balance, so if we receive an offer suitable for everyone for one of our players, we will not shy away from negotiations. This was the case this summer, with Rus Adrian and Ivan Petrjak. We also discussed the extension with both players, but in the end the sale was the best option for the club. New players have arrived in both the defense and the offensive line, who can adequately replace them.“We also wanted to sign a quality player for the midfield, but there wasn’t a player who would have been suitable from a business and sports perspective. We don’t want to sign just for the sake of signing.

We asked him exactly what kind of changes can be expected at Vidi, but according to Sallói, it is too early to talk about tactical changes, because it takes some time for the squad to work together with the addition of the new certificates. However, he shared with us that “as can be seen from the certificates, raising the defense and speeding up the offensive section was an important aspect. Two extremely fast, goal-sensitive attackers who are also capable of assists have arrived on the wings.”

The sports director added that not only the new certificates are a reinforcement, but also those returning from loan. “Budu Zivzivadze brought the same momentum to the team that he showed all spring in Újpest, and Lyes Houri has recovered from his injury and I am sure he will be able to add to our game.”

One dream less, but still left!

Unfortunately, MOL Fehérvár did not manage to reach the main table of the Conference League, despite winning in Cologne, the German team won 3-0 in the second leg. Nevertheless, the European adventure went well in Fehérvár, and not only because Vidi marched all the way to the playoffs.

“Of course, we want to get to the group stage every year, and our performance this year can help, as our coefficient has also improved, so next year we can start the qualifiers from an even better position. This year too, thanks to the points collected in recent years, we had a very good draw, although fate took away a lot from the fact that we had the toughest possible opponent right in the playoffs.”

“Unfortunately, we did not succeed in the feat, and the fact that the European Cup matches were the focus, our performance in the championship suffered. “I regret the defeat against Paks the most, we didn’t even deserve to lose there, while in the matches against Ferencváros and Kisvárda, the problem that has existed for years, that the team usually performs worse before and after the European Cup matches, came back again.”

“But there is nothing to do with that, now we have to focus on the championship. We also have a missed match that we need to make up and catch up to the top as soon as possible, because our goals have not changed: MOL Fehérvár must play in Europe next year as well. This is the most important goal of the season ahead of us, and I think we will be strong enough to achieve it,” concluded Sallói.

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