According to a recent report from The Sun, Newcastle United and Liverpool are interested in a move for midfielder Abdulkadir Omur. The 19-year-old sensation currently plays his football at Turkish outfit Trabzonspor having come up through the youth ranks at the Super Lig club, with his mightily impressive displays in his homeland seemingly attracting the attention of Rafa Benitez and Jurgen Klopp.
And that’s because reports suggest that the Premier League duo are eyeing up a move for the £9 million-rated sensation (as per Transfermarkt) in a bid to bolster their respective attacking ranks, but with first team football much more likely at St James’ Park, Omur should forget about Liverpool and instead seek a move to the North East.
Ultimately, the arrival of Naby Keita and Fabinho at Anfield during the summer added even more strength to Klopp’s already well-stocked midfield ranks at Liverpool, as the Reds chief sought the additions needed to take his side closer to a Premier League title challenge this time round.
And with the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner, and Jordan Henderson continuing to produce the goods in the middle of the park, alongside the long-term absentee that is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the Liverpool manager certainly has plenty of options to choose from in his midfield department – as such, it’s difficult to see how 19-year-old Omur fits into Klopp’s first team.
Whereas the door appears firmly open for the Turkey Under-21 international to command regular football at Newcastle, as the Magpies certainly aren’t blessed with too many quality options in the midfield or attacking ranks.
Ayoze Perez may well have finished last season as the club’s top goal-scorer with ten goals in all competitions, yet the Spaniard continues to flatter to deceive as although he is a decent option in the number ten role, he simply doesn’t have the flair or creativity to help take Newcastle forward.
And while Jonjo Shelvey’s quality on the ball has been well-documented, the fact he has only started eight times this term underlines Benitez’s trust, or lack of, in his central midfield capabilities – the likes of Mo Diame, Ki Sung-yueng, and Isaac Hayden are all solid options, but they are all more defensive-minded players lacking that creative edge.
Yet 19-year-old Omur, even in the early stages of what promises to be a hugely rewarding career, has already shown that he could be the man to help solve Newcastle’s issues in the creative department.
The Turkish sensation became a regular at Trabzonspor only last season and certainly produced the goods with three goals and six assists in just 29 Super Lig appearances, helping them to fifth place in the division, and he has continued his fine form this term with two goals and four assists in their run to second place in the table – clearly, Omur is becoming an increasingly important member of the Trabzonspor squad.
And at the tender age of 19, the Turkey Under-21 international looks destined for big things in the game and would no doubt benefit from a top manager like Benitez, who could help nurture him into the player his potential undoubtedly suggests that he could be.
But the only way to do that is by playing regularly, and with that very much not a given at Liverpool, and as such more likely at Newcastle, the attacking sensation should opt for the latter over the former.
Newcastle and Liverpool fans… what do you think? Let us know!