Last season made it clear that if we’re going to push on we need to make substantial changes. We finished above expectations largely due to Krisztian Hajos’ haul of goals. At the other end of the pitch, the defense had been disastrous. While the season ended with a nine match unbeaten run, we only kept three clean sheets between the winter break and the end of the season. We conceded at least one goal in all of our last fourteen matches. There will be no hope of promotion with a record like that. The other major issue has been depth. Major injuries have been frequent and it’s likely that several major players will spend a couple months on the sideline. In a lot of positions the drop in class is gigantic if our starter gets injured. That has to change if we want to push for the top of the table.
I did say we needed a lot of work. I wasn’t able to move any of the deadwood out of the club but we still had a decent budget to work with. I also made liberal use of the loan market since there’s no restriction on loan players.
Rodrigo Carreras comes in as our first transfer of the summer as a backup right back, all the way from Argentina. We’re already familiar with Levente Mezossy who has joined permanently after impressing on loan in the latter half of last season. Adam Varga and Dominik Arday come in on loan to provide depth in goal and at center back. Similarly, Peter Poloskei and Barnabas Vari come in on free transfers to bolster the left side.
Mate Gulyas joins at left back as the only transfer I actually spent a fee on (and already picked up a pretty bad injury in preseason as you can see). Petrit Tahiri looks like a quality goalkeeper and is a signing I’m very excited about. Another very exciting prospect is loan signing Strahinja Jovanovic. Gabor Gado will provide some defensive solidity at the back of midfield. Ashley Pope has to be the most unusual and unexpected signing of the window for us. We’ll see if a former Bournemouth player can develop in the depths of Hungarian football. Finally, to round out the transfer window, we have Marko Bulat and Angelo Sinichalchi to really beef up our defense.
I have to say I’m impressed. Even against lower league opposition, conceding only once in seven matches and scoring six goals on four different occasions is still wonderful form. If you look at the goalscorers column, you’ll notice a very important change since last season: the goals are coming from all over. It’s not just the striker that’s scoring now. Both winger players AND the two more forward minded midfielders are all getting on the scoresheet with regularity. A lot of these matches came before all of the new transfers came in, notably the two new central defenders.
We’ve got a stronger defense, a wider variety of goalscorers, and more strength in depth. All the ingredients needed for a big improvement in the new season. I’m still hesitant to become too optimistic; we already have had a couple significant injuries, and they happen a LOT in this league for some reason. The right combination of players being out for a month or more could really throw the whole season off course. I’ll just have to hope that doesn’t happen and we keep our preseason form going into the league.