Caglar Soyuncu has yet to make his debut for Leicester City despite joining for a £19m transfer fee from Freiburg on transfer deadline day.
The young defender is hoping to make his debut for Leicester against Arsenal on Saturday.
Soyuncu’s agent Mustafa Dogru informed us that the centre-back has improved his knowledge of language and with Wes Morgan out suspended he has his eyes set on at least making the matchday squad.
Soyuncu has yet to be given a chance by Foxes manager Claude Puel but he has started the last 15 Turkey national team games under the stewardship of Mircea Lucescu.
No other Turkish international has started as many consecutive games for Turkey over the same time period.
Soyuncu started in the goalless draw against Bosnia and the 3-1 defeat against Russia last week.
The 22-year-old started as the left centre-back alongside Serdar Aziz of Galatasaray in Lucescu’s 4-2-3-1 system – which coincidently is the same system Puel uses.
The young defender put on a commanding display in both games showcasing his pace, positioning and ability to play the ball out of defence as well as burst forward and contribute to attacking moves.
With Wes Morgan’s pace and mobility starting to be a liability, Soyuncu could end up being the long-term solution.
The defender is still raw and did get drawn out when trying to win the ball in advanced positions.
He almost allowed Aleksandr Golovin to score after making a mistimed challenge. He could have done better dealing with the corner which resulted in the opening Russia goal. But these are aspects of his game that should develop as he gains experience.
Overall he was one of the standout performers for Turkey over the past two games and is likely to keep his place in the side moving forward.