Turks Abroad: Ozan Kabak Hits Stuttgart By Storm, Mesut Ozil Returns To Arsenal, Zeki Celik Continues To Excel For Lille

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Anibal Vega (L) of Paraguay and Ozan Kabak of Turkey vie for the ball during the group stage football match between Turkey and Paraguay in the FIFA U-17 World Cup at the D.Y.Patil stadium in Navi Mumbai on October 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / PUNIT PARANJPE (Photo credit should read PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)

Zeki Celik – Lille

Zeki Celik his usual, consistent self. Bombing up and down the right flank contributing to defence and attacking moves. The Turkey international barely put a foot wrong as Lille beat Dijon 1-0 to open up a five-point gap ahead of third-placed Lyon. It is still hard to believe the Ligue 1 outfit signed Celik directly from Turkish second tier side Istanbulspor.

Emre Can – Juventus

He may have the slickest hair in football but he has not exactly hit the ground running since joining Juventus from Liverpool. Emre Can did however, have something to cheer about on the weekend after scoring in the 2-1 win against Napoli in what was a man of the match performance. Considering Juve have pretty much already won the league perhaps Can will be able to lock down more regular playing time.

Ozan Kabak – Stuttgart

Stuttgart were crying out for a hero heading into the relegation scrap against Hannover. Up stepped Ozan Kabak who managed to score two goals with his first two shots on target. The Bundesliga outfit went onto win the game 5-1. The 18-year-old defender was awarded man of the match. It has been an incredible few months for Kabak who has gone from a Galatasaray reserve player to a first-team star for the Lions in the league and Champions League before an €11m move to Stuttgart in January.

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Hakan Calhanoglu – AC Milan

Calhanoglu’s return to form has coincided with AC Milan propelling themselves up the league table. Only Suso is higher rated statistically according to Whoscored this season when comparing players who have played regularly this season. The Turkey international plays an integral role in the Serie A sides attack.

Merih Demiral – Sassuolo

It is great to see Merih starting for Sassuolo. The 20-year-old is incredible talented and I am certain he will be a household name if he is given time to prove himself.

Mesut Ozil- Arsenal

Ozil started against Bournemouth last Wednesday after weeks of being ignored by Unai Emery. The playmaker scored, provided an assist and put on a display that made you wonder why the Arsenal head coach hasn’t made more use of him in 2019. The 30-year-old played the last 20 minutes in the 1-1 draw against Tottenham over the weekend. He even had a shot named after him – The Ozil Chop, or Bounce, whatever takes your fancy.

It remains to be seen whether he has won over Emery. The next game against Rennes on Thursday could be telling.

Kaan Ayhan – Fortuna Duesseldorf

Kaan has been making a name for himself at Fortuna Duesseldorf. The German side are sitting comfy in mid-table and the Turkey international has played an important role in the back four. There was a time I used to wonder what anyone sees in the 24-year-old – and was puzzled as to how he made the national team. He has however, come a long, long way this season and there is no denying his talent anymore.