How Hungary international Adam Nagy went from Euro 2016’s surprise package to England’s second tier with Bristol City

Born in June 1995 in Budapest, Adam Nagy hasn’t taken the typical pathway to Championship football with Bristol City.

He joined the Robins in the summer transfer window of 2019 from Italian outfit Bologna as the Lee Johnson attempted to adapt their midfield to become more dynamic.

But his first season was not as promising as some hoped with a number of major injuries that limited him to only 23 appearances in the league as he also fell out of favour.

Under the new management of both Dean Holden and Nigel Pearson, Nagy appears revitalised and energised this season as he aids an often-overrun midfield.

Nagy’s early career began with La Manga Club, created by VisionPro Sports Institute it was intended to bring together young talent from parts of Europe the UK and Africa.

The academy moved to Portugal creating the VSI Rio Maior Football Club and the entire project was led by former Premier League stars Mark Hughes, Ian Wright and others.

There was a connection with Bristol City as now assistant coach Paul Simpson coached the academy that was later ended in 2013 after a mismanagement of funds.

After this the centre-midfielder joined Ferencvaros a side based in his native Budapest, and in his three-year spell with the club he won the Hungarian league.

He pushed himself into the Hungary squad for the 2016 European Championship and at the age of 21 he was listed by Sports Illustrated among the top ten talents to look out for.

The list contained Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof, Champions League winner Kingsley Coman and PSG’s Julian Draxler showing the level he was believed to be at.

Despite speculation linking him to Marseille and Leicester City, Nagy ended up joining Serie A side Bologna but his spell there was not as successful, with limited minutes.

After only making 14 league appearances in 18/19 season Nagy was very vocal in his desire to leave Italy, but I can’t believe it was his desire to relocate to the South-West of England.

Lee Johnson signed the midfielder for an undisclosed fee, for three years and it couldn’t have started much better, scoring in only his second game at home against QPR.

But he was withdrawn at half-time in the same game with an injury, going onto miss 11 games having exacerbated the injury when called up to the national squad.

On his return from injury many City fans were underwhelmed by Nagy’s performances he didn’t seem physical enough to battle in the heart of a Championship midfield.

After Johnson’s sacking Nagy played a limited amount for Holden’s side, but on the final day he was deployed as the defensive midfielder in the Robin’s three-man system.

The next season saw the breakthrough of Tyreeq Bakinson and Andreas Weimann’s conversion to an attacking midfielder, seeming to leave no space for Nagy as rumours rumbled of his exit.

However, the immense injury crisis in BS3 has led to Nagy reminding everyone of the quality we saw in the 2016 Euros as he remains along with Zak Vyner one of Bristol City’s most consistent players.

His business is his greatest quality, seemingly never stopping running and that’s shown by his 2.2 interceptions per game, as well as heatmaps with every inch of the pitch covered.

Even since the introduction of new manager Pearson after the sacking of Holden, Nagy has been an ever present and kept his standards to a level that makes him almost impossible to drop.

Bristol City are known for trading their players to Premier League clubs when they begin to play to an impressive level and there is no doubt that if Nagy continues in this vein of form Premier League clubs will be sniffing about.

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