18-goal Man City starlet could be blocked from playing in the Premier League

18-goal Man City starlet could be blocked from playing in the Premier League

Man City starlet Enes Unal has been on fire for on-loan side FC Twente this season.

The 19-year-old has scored 18 times and provided four assists in all competitions for the Eredivisie outfit.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola may however, be unable to call upon his rising star next season.

Unal joined City in 2015 on a £2 million move from Bursaspor but he does not meet the Home Office guidelines put in place to block non-EU players from flooding English leagues.

The Manchester Evening News reported Unal as saying: “Because I have not played at least 70 percent of the country games in the last two years, I do not get any work permit in England.”

Due to Turkey moving up the FIFA World Rankings recently into 22nd position he actually only has to play 60 percent of the games.

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Unal was recently called up to the Turkish national side by Fatih Terim and featured in both games against Finland and Moldova which ended in victories.

The young striker would be unable to meet the Home Office requirements even if he played ever international game until the end of the season.

There is however, a way in which he could be granted a waver. City could apply for Unal to be granted an exemption due to having exceptional ability and potential to contribute to English football.

Unal is currently the highest scoring Turkish international in Eredivisie history but FC Twente are uncertain over whether they will be able to keep him on.

“It will be difficult to keep him,” said Twente technical director Jan van Halst. “The problem is that we do not take the lead in this case. The ball is in Manchester City’s court, and we have no idea what they are going to do with him.

“For his development it would be good for him to stay another year with us.”