Monday, 28 May 2018

Who is in-demand Freiburg and Turkey defender Caglar Söyüncü?

Caglar Söyüncü (l.) was one of the chief reasons Freiburgbeat the drop in 2017/18.


Courted by the likes of Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and Manchester City, Freiburgdefender Caglar Söyüncü is hot property.


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The story so far

Plucked from the Turkish second tier at the age of 19, Söyüncü has come a long, long way in his two years at Freiburg. He couldn't speak a word of English or German for starters, but Söyüncü reaped the full benefits of being allowed to learn - and make mistakes - on the job. So much so, he is now regarded as one of the most reliable central defenders in the Bundesliga.


Is he any good?

You bet he is! A superb reader of the game with the seek-and-destroy passing range of a seasoned midfielder, it's no wonder the 6' 2" Söyüncü continues to draw comparisons with Bayern Munich and Germany international Mats Hummels. The 22-year-old is already a mainstay of the Turkeynational team under Mircea Lucescu, and get this: he's two-footed!


Key stats

Bundesliga appearances: 51
Tackles won (average): 60 percent
Pass completion (average): 81 percent
Goals: 1
Assists: 1
Yellow cards: 8
Red cards: 2

Freiburg coach Christian Streich (l.) has done wonders for Söyüncü's (r.) career.


What they're saying

"I've had two fantastic years, I've improved as a player - but of course I've still got a lot more improving to do." - Söyüncü


"The way he got accustomed to a completely different culture had been amazing. It shows very good character." - Freiburg striker Nils Petersen


"I'm really happy with his development. He's more mature than I am." - Freiburg head coach Christian Streich


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