Champions League qualification looks a very tough task for Arsene Wenger this season but that does not stop the manager from scouting for some of the finest talents in Europe. The manager has a knack of developing youngsters, as he has shown in the past and the latest starlet on his radar is Yusuf Yazici.
A product of the Trabzonspor academy, the 21-year old rose through the ranks to make his first senior debut in 2015 and has taken no time to establish himself as a first-team star for the Turkish giants at the moment. He has already made a couple of appearances for the Turkish national side and is highly regarded in the domestic circuit in his country.
He has been on Arsenal’s radar even before the start of the season and reports now claim that they are edging closer to his signature. Reports from Turkey reveal that Arsenal have extensively scouted the youngster recently and could make a move for him this summer.
Adem Cebeci, the player’s representative has recently revealed that his client is ready to move to another club in Europe and mentioned the interest from the Gunners. But is he the right man for Arsenal?
A versatile midfielder, who can play in a central or a defensive role, Yazici is an attacking midfielder with gifted technique and a great understanding of the game. A specialist over the dead ball, the 21-year old is also an excellent finisher but his vision and ability to produce defence breaking passes consistently is what makes him a dangerous player.
He has to work on his strength in the air and in hold up play and also needs to improve on his defensive discipline but at his age, he is easily one of the most exciting players in his role at the moment in Europe.
He has 11 goals and 12 assists in 49 Super Lig appearances in Turkey including five goals and four assists in just 21 starts this season. He has established himself at the highest level in his country and is certainly ready for bigger challenges.
The Gunners have Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mesut Ozil, both of who can play a huge role in the no.10 spot. Jack Wilshere is another option in this role but the English midfielder is out of a contract at the end of the season and reports suggest he could quit Arsenal this summer.
So Yazici is tracked as a long-term replacement for Wilshere and he is as good an option as any. Lack of experience outside Turkey could be an issue but do you think the Trabzonspor starlet is the right man for Arsenal?