Everton moved to sign Cenk Tosun from Besiktas in January 2018 in a deal which was designed to resolve their centre-forward problems, and now Liverpool are also planning on raiding the Turkish Super Lig for a rising young talent.
Indeed, according to a recent report from Goal, Abdulkadir Omur has been reportedly linked with a £27 million move to Anfield, and the player himself has added fuel to the fire by heaping praise on Liverpool.
Sensationalist reports have labelled Omur as the Turkish Messi, but Liverpool should not be drawn into the hype surrounding the 19-year-old when lessons from across Stanley Park serve to illuminate how difficult it can be for players to make the transition from Turkey to England.
Tosun arrived at Goodison Park with a decent record in his native country, and initially he looked sharp in sporadic bursts, ending the season with a return of five goals in 14 Premier League appearances.
But the new season has not brought about the improvement which many might have expected of him, and he is firmly on the fringes of the first-team squad under Marco Silva.
To predict a similar outcome for Omur at Liverpool would be premature, but there is no question that the Turkish top-flight does not adequately prepare players for the intense demands of the Premier League, and that fact alone is enough reason to suggest Jurgen Klopp would be wise to turn his attention elsewhere.
Those who have seen Omur in action will understand the comparisons with Messi, however sensational they may be, as he possess a low centre of gravity and unpredictable ability to dribble past his opponents before playing a killer ball on his favoured left-boot.
But, in a division which is lacking the defensive quality he would face in the Premier League, there is no doubt his ability can only be considered in relation to his surroundings.
The diminutive teenager would struggle for success in English football just as Tosun has at Goodison, and the Everton striker’s career should serve as a telling example of why Omur would be an incredibly risky acquisition, especially when Liverpool have a handful of exciting academy products knocking on the door for a first-team opportunity.
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