Veteran goalkeeper Gábor Király has returned to English football, this time to play for Championship side Fulham. The 38-year old has joined the Cottagers from German side 1860 Munich on a one-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
Gábor Király adds vast experience to a very young Fulham squad, whose starting XI in their last Championship game, which was away to Derby County, included 7 players aged 21 and under. Boss Felix Magath, who has seen his side lose all four Championship games so far this season, has clearly seen the need to have more experienced players in the squad, if they have any chance of getting their season back on track.
Király was the number one for 1860 Munich since joining from Premier League newcomers Burnley in 2009. He made 166 league appearances for the 2.Bundesliga team and has also made 111 appearances for Crystal Palace during his spell at the club between 2004 and 2007.
It will be interesting to see if Király starts for Fulham this weekend when they entertain Cardiff City at home. Magath is quoted as saying on the Fulham website,
“He will be an important addition to our squad for this current season and he will also be able to assist our two young goalkeepers with their continued development and progression in our First Team”
Magath may therefore think that at Király’s age he only has a few years left in him, and so has brought him in to be a ‘coach’ to aid their development, as Magath said.