Turks Abroad: Tottenham target assists, Calhanoglu on fire

Yunus Malli and Hakan Calhanoglu stole the limelight as far as Turks abroad were concerned this week. Both starred in Turkey’s victories over Austria and both were involved in wins for their respective Bundesliga team.

Yunus Malli – Mainz 05

Malli put on a star performance during Mainz 4-2 win over Augsburg. The 22-year-old provided the assist for his sides first goal in the 13th minute taking his tally for the season to 10 goals and five assists – no wonder he is on Tottenham’s summer wish list.

Hakan Calhanoglu – Bayer Leverkusen

The free-kick maestro has had a brilliant week. Calhanoglu scored a cracking free-kick against Austria while on international duty last week and provided an assist in Bayer’s 3-0 victory over Wolfsburg and could have had a few more considering he created the highest number of chances for his side (3).


Emre Can – Liverpool

Can did not put on his best performance against Tottenham and his passing was sloppy at just 68 percent accuracy. To make matters worse he picked up his 10th booking of the season and as a result will miss the Reds next two Premier League games.

Mesut Ozil – Arsenal

Ozil did not add to his assist tally in the 4-0 win over Watford but he easily could of after creating three chances – his 119th of the season. The Germany international of Turkish origin maintained a passing accuracy of 92% and took 126 touches on the ball. Oh and he was also involved in a bit of showboating which did not go down well with Watford fans.

Arda Turan – Barcelona

Turan only played for 20 minutes in the El Clasico and was unable to make much of an impact or prevent Real Madrid winning the game. The defeat was Barcelona’s first in 39 games and Turan’s first loss since joining the club.