Road to Euro 2020: Turkey Team Analysis Powered by The Scouting App

Turkey’s position in world football is highly credited to the emergence of top youth talents. Some of them have gone on to establish themselves at some of Europe’s top football clubs – examples include Caglar Soyuncu at Leicester City, Hakan Calhanoglu at Milan and Merih Demiral at Juventus.

Turkey possess riches of talent in both attack and defense, especially in the latter as they allowed no more than three goals in ten Euro 2020 qualifier matches, which earned them a place in Group A alongside Italy, Wales and Switzerland – one of the two groups of death in the competition along with Group F (Portugal, France, Germany and Hungary).

They may not have the best of goalkeepers in the competition, but with promising youngsters Altay Bayindir of Fenerbahce, Mert Gunok of Basaksehir and Ugurcan Cakir of Trabzonspor, they can have a strong shot-stoppers in their ranks.

On the front line, Turkey have talented defenders who have impressed in Europe in 2020-21 – especially Caglar Soyuncu, Liverpool loanee Ozan Kabak and Ligue 1 winner Zeki Celik. A product of the Bursaspor youth academy, right back Celik has been outstanding for Lille, playing a vital role in the run for the league title in France. Umut Meras of Le Havre is expected to fill in the left back role and might just turn out to be the weak link in defense.

Turkey’s midfield could be called the weak part of the team, although they have displayed moments of brilliance in the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers and recent friendlies. They have talents capable of leading the line but, compared to other teams in the tournament, Turkey are certainly at a disadvantage in the center of the field. Milan’s Hakan Calhanoglu is expected to spearhead the midfield, helped by Fenerbahce’s 26-year-old central midfielder Ozan Tufan, who has been outstanding in Super Lig.

Led by Lille veteran Burak YIlmaz and Leicester City forward Cengiz Under, Turkey possess the firepower to cause damage to opposition defenses. However, if they are not provided with the required midfield support – creativity and timely passes – it will be hard to penetrate some of the world’s best defenses.

Turkey’s key to success is going to lie in the perfect mix of defensive capabilities and attacking prowess. They have performed remarkably well in recent match days, having not lost in their past six matches due to balanced performances. Although it will be hard to contain the attacks of other nations in the tournament, Turkey have the ability to show perseverance and passion to hold out teams on the back foot for extended amounts of time. But it remains to be seen how far can that take them.

Here is the  full squad for Turkey at EURO 2020:

Goalkeepers: Altay Bayındır (Fenerbahce), Mert Gunok (Istanbul Basaksehir), Ugurcan Cakir (Trabzonspor)

Defenders: Zeki Celik (Lille), Caglar Soyuncu (Leicester), Kaan Ayhan (Sassuolo), Merih Demiral (Juventus), Mert Muldur (Sassuolo), Ozan Kabak (Liverpool), Ridvan Yilmaz (Besiktas), Umut Meras (Le Havre)

Midfielders: Yusuf Yazıcı (Lille), Dorukhan Tokoz (Besiktas), Irfan Can Kahveci (Fenerbahce), Okay Yokuslu (West Bromwich Albion), Orkun Kokcu (Feyenoord), Ozan Tufan (Fenerbahce), Taylan Antalyali (Galatasaray), Hakan Calhanoglu (Milan)

Forwards: Burak Yilmaz (Lille), Cengiz Under (Leicester), Enes Unal (Getafe), Abdulkadir Omur (Trabzonspor), Kerem Akturkoglu (Galatasaray), Halil Ibrahim Dervisoglu (Brentford), Kenan Karaman (Fortuna Dusseldorf)

Turkey will open their account on 11 June against Italy at Rome’s grand Stadio Olimpico, before going on to face Wales on 16 June and Switzerland four days later. If they manage to put in strong performances Turkey can go all the way to the final stages of the competition.

Players to Look Out For: Caglar Soyuncu, Burak Yilmaz, Hakan Calhanoglu, Zeki Celik

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