Caglar Soyuncu: Leicester’s gem or Manchester City’s next star?

With Manchester City considering a move for Caglar Soyuncu (SkySports), we look at what he can offer and whether he should go…

Emre Mor, Cengiz Ünder, Enes Ünal. The future of the Turkish national team looks bright. That’s without mentioning Leicester City’s Caglar Soyuncu.

The young defender was solid for SC Freiburg in 2017/18 and his fine form in the Bundesliga captured the attention of some of  Europe’s elite teams. The likes of Manchester City, Roma and Arsenal were all rumoured to be interested in the Turkish talent; yet it was Leicester City that managed to get him to put pen to paper just before the end of the Premier League transfer window.

Caglar Soyuncu spent his youth career in his native Turkey with lesser known teams. After spending five years at Menemen Belediyespor, he joined Bucaspor and eventually Gümüşorduspor. At this point, no scouts were considering or even monitoring the boy from Izmir. To now think how highly coveted he is. Remarkable.

Caglar Soyuncu – Style Of Play

The 28 time capped Turkish international stands at 6ft 2 inches tall and certainly has a strong physical presence. However, he is also a quick defender that is confident with the ball at his feet; essential in the modern game. This is shown by Soyuncu’s excellent statistics. On average, he completes 70 passes per game for Leicester, also showing his willingness to dribble out of the back with the ball (WhoScored).

Leicester City's Caglar Soyuncu during the Pre-Season match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester.

Defensively he is superb. Already, Soyuncu has made an impressive 1.5 interceptions per game and 2.3 tackles per game. Fair to say he has adapted to the Premier League.

Caglar Soyuncu really has no weaknesses. Thanks to WhoScored.

Regardless, the 23 year-old has plenty of time to develop and improve into a formidable defender at the King Power. He has huge potential alongside his physical attributes and is the ideal replacement for Robert Huth in the Leicester defence. The fact Manchester City are linked to him already is a testament to the abundance of talent he has.

Whether City is the right move now is debatable. The lure of Pep Guardiola is something hard to turn down, but in a progressive, promising side under the tutelage of Brendan Rodgers, does Soyuncu want to make that move? Of course, he will be playing Champions League football, but at what cost to his first team opportunities? Guardiola has already shown that he will start midfielders in defence over actual defenders.

Leicester themselves could gain Champions League football if Soyuncu remains in the heart of their side. At the end of the day, it’s down to what it always is: money. Should he stay at Leicester or go to Manchester City? Let us know what you think!

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