According to a recent comments from Claude Puel (via The Leicester Mercury), Caglar Soyuncu has yet to make his Leicester City debut because of his ‘lack of English’. The 22-year-old made the move to the King Power Stadium in the last knockings of the summer transfer window but has so far yet to feature for the Foxes, even failing to make the squad for their Carabao Cup win against Wolves earlier this week.
And manager Puel has confirmed that he has yet to feature because his English isn’t yet of a level to communicate effectively with his teammates, and these recent revelations may call into question the Foxes’, and indeed Puel’s, decision to spend a great deal of money luring Soyuncu to the King Power Stadium during the summer, with it arguably something of a gamble.
Ultimately, there is little doubting that the 22-year-old has a bright future ahead of him after impressing at German side Freiburg in the last few years, thus earning him a £19 million move to Leicester late on in the summer transfer window.
And while it’s arguable that the Turkey international was drafted in as one of the future, Puel would have probably wanted to play the defender by now, especially given fellow summer signing Filip Benkovic was allowed out on loan to Celtic not join after joining the Foxes.
And while his ‘lack of English’ is the reason for Soyuncu’s exclusion from the first team at present, someone must have surely known that this could well have been an issue for the 22-year-old as part of the process of luring him to the King Power Stadium.
Yes, the Turkish star reportedly had troubles acquiring a new language when making the move to Germany with Freiburg a few years ago, and eventually went on to produce the goods for the Bundesliga outfit, but to spend a significant sum of money luring the 22-year-old to Leicester, knowing that his English wasn’t particularly great, was something of a gamble for the club to take.
And it’s one that could easily back-fire as, although he hasn’t needed to feature just yet for the Foxes, what’s not to say that Puel won’t need to call upon the 22-year-old in the not-too-distant future – they are fine for now given Harry Maguire, Jonny Evans, and Wes Morgan are fit and performing reasonably well, but things could change very quickly to the point that Puel needs Soyuncu to play.
Yes, there is no doubting that the 22-year-old is a very fine player and one that will surely produce the goods for the Foxes in the years to come, but it does appear as though the club have taken something of a gamble in signing Soyuncu – a gamble they sincerely hope will pay off.
Leicester fans… what do you think? Let us know!