TT Introduces: Caglar Söyüncü

TT Introduces: Caglar Söyüncü

Leicester City have started the season well and were lucky not to get something against Manchester United and Liverpool. 

Once again, Leicester have bought smartly in the transfer window as they signed Sam Maddison who’s been superb so far this season, while Rachid Ghezzal and Ricardo Pereira have also been impressive.

Beyond those three, Leicester City added some numbers to their defensive ranks and signed rumoured Arsenal target Caglar Söyüncü from Freiburg. He may not have started a game for the club but with Wes Morgan entering the final stages of his career, Claude Puel may have just found a replacement for his club captain.

Valued at £16.2 million by Transfermarkt, the Turkish defender joined for an apparent £22.5 million fee this summer as Puel looked to freshen up his defensive ranks with Morgan and Evans both over 30.

The young defender joined Freiburg in 2016 and went to become a mainstay in the first-team as he made 48 appearances in the Bundesliga in his two seasons with the German outfit. The 22-year-old defender hasn’t made an appearance for the first-team and has only featured once for the under-23 side. As the season progresses, however, the Turkish international will surely be introduced in the first-team although it will take time for the young defender to bed in.

He was a relative unknown when he moved to the Bundesliga but after his first season with the club, he was considered one of the best young players in the league, despite the odd mistake.

Good with the ball, Söyüncü is a typical ball playing defender. He’s comfortable taking the ball off the goalkeeper and is unfazed by the opposition’s press and is partial to the odd Cruyff turn. Although the Bundesliga is similar to the Premier League in terms of the pace of the game, Söyüncü won’t be able to take so many risks at the back.

Defensively, he’s quick and physical but needs to improve on his reading of the game. Quite a lot last season, he was often seen chasing down attacks to make a last-ditch tackle – something that may cost him in England. With Morgan and Maguire ahead of at the moment, the Turk will be able to work on his game and will be given time to adapt to the league.

A modern defender, Söyüncü is still raw and needs time to develop his game. If he’s given that time to adapt to the pace of the game, in time, Leicester could’ve signed a solid defender who can replace Morgan.

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