Krisztián Hegyi has recently opened up about his short and long term goals at the club, as well as giving us an insight into the day to day of a youngster.
Hegyi joined ‘The Academy of Football’ back in 2019 after he, allegedly, turned down some massive clubs. Now 20 years old, the Hungarian goalkeeper has made huge improvements in his personal game, but has also gone on to have some remarkable achievements at such a young age.
Most recently, he received his first call up for the Hungary national team and while he didn’t make an appearance, Hegyi is clearly a player from the academy that we can keep an eye on.
This season Krisztián has become the captain of the under 21s. He admitted, when speaking to the clubs Official Website, that he ‘needed a bit of time to get use to the responsibility, because I’ve not been a captain before’. He added ‘I like to think I’m doing a good job’ and that ‘it’s a role I’m enjoying’. He joked that ‘you might need to ask the other lads what they think!’.
With how mature and well spoken he is, it is clear to see exactly why he was chosen to be the captain of the youth team. However, while he seems to be relishing in all the opportunities that are coming his way, he also has a clear game plan with the help of ‘a club that has a procedure that knows what’s going to work for you’. He knows that he ‘needs to get a taste of first team football’, specifically he mentioned staying in England, adding ‘If I can get a loan in the EFL, that would be incredible’.
Hegyi has spoken about how ‘it’s so good’ working alongside fellow keepers Fabianski and Areola ‘and seeing how high their standards are even in training’. Hegyi has been training with the first team a lot more this season, making the match day squad many times in the Europa Conference league, but more recently he has been getting that match day experience as an unused substitute in the Premier League.
The young Hungarian keeper is definitely an exciting prospect for the future for the Hammers. He’s gone on to prove, at a youth level, why so many top clubs were interested in him and he understands that he needs to continue developing if he wants to end up in the starting eleven, stating ‘I want to get that experience under my belt so I can get closer to the ultimate goal of playing for West Ham United’.
All signs are pointing towards a player with a ton of potential and I’m sure the fans are just as excited as he is to see what he can go on to achieve.