Turks Abroad: Enes Unal strikes again, Ozil stars in Arsenal victory

Enes Unal – Manchester City

Unal can’t stop scoring. The on-loan Manchester City striker scored his third goal in two games for NAC Breda in their 6-3 victory over Den Bosch. The Johnny Depp lookalike is growing in confidence and is starting to work his magic. Just check out his audacious chip for the second goal.

Mesut Ozil – Arsenal

Arsenal got back to winning ways with a 2-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park. The World Cup winner did not add to his assist tally which stands at 19 but he was directly involved in the buildup to Danny Welbeck’s opening goal. Ozil made the highest number of passes for the Gunners (58) at an 86 percent accuracy to help his side keep possession and launch attacking moves.

Nuri Sahin – Borussia Dortmund

Sahin has managed to reestablish him in the Dortmund side after a lengthy injury and most recently starred in the 3-1 victory over Augsburg providing Henrikh Mkhitaryan with the assist for the equaliser.

Emre Can – Liverpool

Liverpool suffered a shock 3-2 defeat against Southampton made all the more painful considering they actually took a two-goal lead in the first half. One of the stand out performances as far as the Reds were concerned was Emre Can. The 22-year-old made 66 passes at an 88 percent accuracy and made the highest number of interceptions in midfield (3). Deployed in a box-to-box role he worked hard in midfield both defensively and only Lallana created more goal scoring opportunities (4) than Can (2) and making driving forward runs.

Arda Turan – Barcelona

Turan started for the 12th time in the 2-2 draw against Villarreal on Sunday but almost scored an own goal in the first minute when his mishit clearance struck his own post. The Turkish international was booked just minutes later for a rash challenge but worked tirelessly closing down the opposition and made the joint highest number of interceptions (2). The bearded winger also passed like a machine achieving a 95 percent success rate. Barca missed the Turkish international’s tenacity after he was brought off and perhaps it was coincidental but they did concede twice in his absence. The draw ended Turan’s 16 match win streak in games he had featured in for Barca.


Yunus Malli – Mainz

Yunus Malli setup Baumgartlinger to give Mainz the lead against Werder Bremen but it did not prove to be enough as the home side equalised.  The 23-year-old pulled the strings in the final third for Mainz posing the Werder defence problems throughout the game with his passing and dribbling ability – completing most dribbles in the game (3). Malli now has 10 goals and four assists in all competitions this season and could find himself playing upfront for Turkey in the Euro’s this summer at this rate considering the striker shortage the Crescent-Stars are facing.

Tolga Cigerci – Hertha Berlin

The 23-year-old midfielder put on yet another stellar performance in central midfield for third-placed Hertha. Cigerci dictated the tempo of the game and helped his side keep possession with his 78 passes – highest in the game. The Hertha star also worked hard defensively making the joint highest number of interceptions (3) in the home sides 2-1 victory over Ingolstadt. Cigerci could receive a Turkish national team call up if he keeps this up much longer.