Leicester City Defender Caglar Soyuncu Is ‘Made For The Modern Game’ Says Martin Keown

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Caglar Soyuncu of Leicester City is challenged by James Tarkowski of Burnley during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Burnley FC at The King Power Stadium on October 19, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Former Arsenal defender and current Match of the Day 2 pundit Martin Keown was full of praise for Leicester City defender Caglar Soyuncu in his latest piece for the BBC.

Soyuncu has hit the ground running this season after being drafted in as a replacement for Harry Maguire who was sold to Manchester United over the summer.

The Turkey international defender actually joined the Foxes in the summer of 2018 from Freiburg and spent last term as fourth-choice centre-back.

The 23-year-old has however, been one of Leicester City’s most in form players so far this season and has not escaped the eye of Keown.

Soyuncu was described as being a defender well suited for the modern game with the hallmarks of a classic centre-back, being brave, aggressive and agile as well.

“He is only 23 but the Turkey international looks like a defender who is made for the demands of the modern game – agile, aggressive and good in the air, but also brave on the ball too,” he wrote.

“Soyuncu is not the tallest defender at 6ft 1in but he has got a very good spring. On the ground, he gets in the faces of attackers and he also never panics when he is in possession.

“Whatever situation he is in, he never really looks troubled to me.”

Keown also made it clear that he is a fan of the entire Leicester back-four and that Soyuncu and Evans are currently one of the best Premier League partnerships in the division.

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“I am a fan of their entire back four, but Soyuncu and the experienced Evans have formed a brilliant partnership at the centre of their defence, as good as anything you will see in the Premier League at the moment,” he added.

“Both of them were magnificent in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace, and it was not just their defending that impressed me at Selhurst Park.

“They were dominant in both boxes – Soyuncu scored their opening goal but Evans also went close to scoring a couple of times as well.”