Got a Buz around the place again!
PUBLISHED: 13:14 24 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:21 24 August 2010
By Ben Kosky A WEEK is a long time in football, apparently - so five months is like an eternity when you consider the pace of player turnover at QPR. During Akos Buzsaky s enforced spell on the sidelines, Rangers brought in three players - Emmanuel Ledesm
By Ben Kosky
A WEEK is a long time in football, apparently - so five months is like an eternity when you consider the pace of player turnover at QPR.
During Akos Buzsaky's enforced spell on the sidelines, Rangers brought in three players - Emmanuel Ledesma, Lee Cook and Daniel Parejo - who all operate in the Hungarian's preferred zone of influence behind a main striker.
So it's little surprise that Buzsaky reiterated his willingness to fill any role required of him after finally returning to action with a 10-minute run-out as a substitute at Norwich last week.
But, whereas the former Plymouth playmaker often appeared marginalised on the right wing last season, the 4-2-3-1 system favoured by new boss Iain Dowie should allow him to flourish fully.
"If I have to play centre-back, I'll do that," Buzsaky told the Times. "Of course I prefer to play behind the striker, because that's the area where you can create chances and play passes through.
"Dani is also a very good player and he's in that position as well, so if the gaffer wants me to play on the right side, I will - although Ledesma is doing very well there.
"The most important thing is to be in the team and I will give 100 per cent in any position. The bigger the competition, the harder you have to train and the better player you'll be.
"I'm prepared for that. There are a lot of good players and good personalities too and it's not a fight for places - competition helps everyone and helps the team spirit, which brings the club forward."
Buzsaky played a significant role in ushering QPR away from the lower reaches of the Championship last season after joining the club in November on loan and completing a £500,000 transfer two months later.
A healthy 10 goals in 27 games placed him at the head of the club's scoring charts, but a persistent ankle problem ended his season prematurely after the home game against Charlton in mid-April.
"My ankle was always inflamed and I had a few scans. They couldn't really see what was going on, but I knew something was wrong because recovery was taking a lot of time," Buzsaky recalled.
"So I decided to have the operation and they found a split in the ligament, then I had to go through the treatment and rehabilitation, so it felt like a really long summer.
"I'm so happy to be back - you can train as hard as you like, but you can only get the match rhythm from a game. Hopefully I can build my fitness and be in form very soon.
"That's the past and I want to talk about the future - I'm really happy about the team and how we're doing this season. We are strong now and we want to keep going."
The 26-year-old midfielder has now spent nearly four years at this level since joining Plymouth from Porto - and is relishing the chance to finally be involved in a challenge to reach the next level.
"Every year in this league is hard and you have to fight for three points every time, you can't go to any team and expect to win," added Buzsaky.
"Of course I want to be in the Premier League one day. The most important thing is to be back playing and help the team perform well - and I'm sure I can be in the Premier League with this team.