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  • Emanuele Piccirillo

Turkey has plenty of potential. It’s definitely worth looking at some of the most promising players. Here my list of the next generation of Turkish football.

Dogan Alemdar, GK – 29.10.2002 (20) Stade Rennais

- good aerial ability

- great reflexes

- good communication

- great physical strength & natural fitness


Ravil Tagir, CB – 06.05.2003 (19) Loan KVC Westerlo (Basaksehir)

- left footed

- complete & dominant centre-back

- fast & agile player

- perfect player to build from the back

- great passes through first & second line

- dominant in the air (despite his height)


Serdar Saatci, CB – 14.02.2003 (20) SC Braga

- complete & dominant centre-back

- perfect for a team looking to build from the back

- great passes through first & second line

- very good pace & agility

- very dominant in the air


Taha Altikardes, CB – 22.08.2003 (19) Trabzonspor

- good technical ability

- excellent range of passing

- dominant in the air

- good pace & agility


Emin Bayram, CB – 02.04.2003 (19) Galatasaray

- complete & dominant centre-back

- technically gifted

- ball-playing defender

- dominant in the air

- excellent range of passing


Ridvan Yilmaz, LB – 21.05.2001 (21) Glasgow Rangers

- left footed

- great vision & awareness

- good positioning & runs

- very good pace & agility

- good technical ability & crosses

- high work rate


Kazimcan Karatas, LB – 16.01.2003 (20) Galatasaray

- left footed

- very good pace & agility

- well-timed tackles & interceptions

- likes to make sliding tackles

- ball-carrying

- overlapping runs into advanced positions

- hard-working


Burak Ince, CM – 20.01.2004 (19) Arm. Bielefeld

- left footed

- can also play higher as an advanced playmaker

- creative player with great technical ability

- strong in 1v1 situations

- good shooting skills

- great coordination & change of pace


Emirhan Ilkhan, CM – 01.06.2004 (18) Loan Sampdoria (Torino)

- box-to-box midfielder

- good technical ability

- very good pace & agility

- high off the ball intelligence

- capable of playing in various roles


Efe Tatli, CM – 29.07.2002 (20) Karagümrük

- left footed

- good technical ability & first touch

- excellent range of passing

- good pace & agility

- hard-working


Mustafa Kapi, CM – 08.08.2002 (20) Adana Demirspor

- attacking-minded midfielder

- can play as a 6, 8 or 10

- very good vision & excellent range of passing

- good off the ball movement


Ömer Beyaz, AM – 29.08.2003 (19) VFB Stuttgart

- left footed

- advanced playmaker

- creative player with great technical ability

- very strong in 1v1 situations

- good shooting skills

- great coordination & change of pace

- excellent range of passing


Emre Demir, AM – 15.01.2004 (19) Loan Samsunspor (Fenerbache)

- left footed

- advanced playmaker

- very good technical ability

- constantly asking for the ball

- finds the space well between the lines

- low centre of gravity


Naci Ünüvar, LW – 13.06.2003 (19) Loan Trabzonspor (Ajax)

- advanced playmaker

- creative player with very good technical ability

- good shooting skills

- strong in 1v1 situations

- low center of gravity

- very good vision & excellent range of passing


Yusuf Barasi, CF – 31.03.2003 (19) AZ Alkmaar

- can play as a left winger

- good off the ball movement

- good pace & agility -

very good technical ability & first touch

- good finisher

- penalty taker


Semih Kilicsoy, CF – 15.08.2005 (17) Besiktas

- mix of physicality & technique

- great technical ability & first touch

- good off the ball movement

- good pace & agility

- hard-working


Ali Akman, CF – 18.04.2002 (20) Loan Göztepe (E.Frankfurt)

- can play as a winger or second striker

- great sense of positioning

- dangerous on the counter

- good finisher with both feet


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