Turks Abroad – The Rise Of Enes Unal, The Demise Of Liverpool Ace & More

Enes Unal – Villarreal

After joining Villarreal amid high expectations following his £12m transfer from Manchester City in the summer Enes Unal was kept out of the side by his former Bursaspor teammate Cedric Bakambu, who decided to go on a red-hot scoring streak.

Unal did score at Villarreal before being loaned to Levante and subsequently returning to the Yellow Submarine over the winter break.

Breaking into La Liga football has not been easy. Unal has had to make a transition from the Eredivisie to arguably the best league on planet Earth – along with the Premier League.

The Turkey international has now established himself as a first-team starter for Villarreal and is looking really exciting. Bakambu leaving for China made things just a tad easier.

Unal provided an assist for Carlos Bacca in the 4-2 win over Real Sociedad – his second assist in his last two games.

The 20-year-old is on the rise after fighting for his place in the team. Keep a close eye on him until the end of the campaign.

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Cengiz Under – Roma

Like Unal, Under has had to battle for his place in the team. It appears the 20-year-old is starting to break into the side as he has started the last two games.

The rising star was actually really unlucky against Sampdoria over the weekend. Under won his side a penalty – which was missed.  On top of that he had a few clear-cut chances saved. The Turkey international also completed the highest number of dribbles (3).

It is a matter of time before Under gets his lucky break and finds the back of the net or provides an assist.

Emre Can – Liverpool

Poor Can was panned after another disappointing display as Liverpool captain. The Reds crashed out of the FA Cup Fourth-Round, losing 3-2 to West Brom at Anfield. The last time the midfielder of Turkish origin was captain his side ended up losing to relegation battlers Swansea. The 24-year-old has been in erratic form. Brilliant against City but woeful since. He really needs to buck up his ideas if he hopes to land a big contract deal before the end of the season.

Caglar Soyuncu – Freiburg 

Another impressive display by the most exciting defensive prospect in Turkish football. Soyuncu started – as usual – at centre-back making the most interceptions (4) and the second highest number of clearances (6) as Freiburg held Borussia Dortmund to a 2-2 away draw.

Hakan Calhanoglu – AC Milan

Impressive display from the playmaker maestro. Calhanoglu provided Patrick Cutrone with the opening goal and could have had a few more assists considering he created four goal scoring opportunities. The Turkey international is beginning to prove his worth at AC Milan. It may not be long now before he establishes himself as the talismanic figure he was at Bayer Leverkusen.

Yunus Malli – Wolfsburg

Now this is how you score a winning goal.