One of the Champions League’s most compelling and effective stars this season is a player who isn’t exactly well known throughout the footballing world.
He’s scored as many goals as Lionel Messi has in Europe this year. He has notched just one less than Cristiano Ronaldo. He is absolutely devastating in his effectiveness in front of goal.
His name, is Burak Yilmaz.
Whilst footballing fans rave about the likes of non-Premier League strikers, Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani, Yilmaz doesn’t seem to get the same treatment. That’s unless you’re a regular follower of Turkish, football where you’ll have been amazed by his tenacity and clinicality.
Indeed, the Galatasaray star has found the back of the net 28 times in 34 games for both club and country – including 8 in the Champions League. It seems that he’s a threat, no matter what level of the game he’s in.
His goal-scoring form has naturally seen him linked to some of Europe’s elite, including Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool. What’s more, he looks like a player who is perfectly suited for the Premier League, with his height, power, presence and physicality.
Galatasaray’s manager, Fatih Terim has already admitted that his club could struggle to keep hold of Yilmaz this summer: “It’s not going to be easy to keep him. He has targets but it will be his decision. Being wanted is a good thing, but we are fond of him and believe he will do great things for us in the future.” (Source: Daily Mail)
This source also claims that he may leave Galatasary for as little as £10m this summer. That’s a startlingly low figure for a player who has been scoring goals for fun this season. It should also make him an attractive prospect for Arsenal. Manchester United already have a top-class forward-line, whilst Liverpool have just signed Daniel Sturridge. Arsenal on the other hand, have a pressing need.
Since Robin Van Persie left the Emirates last summer, Arsenal have struggled to find any real ‘edge’ upfront. Yilmaz be exactly the kind of player they need to step in and start scoring regular goals.At 27-years-old, I’d argue he’s ready to join a club like Arsenal and start competing for trophies. And if Arsenal can pick him up for around £10m, the club will have got their hands on a genuine bargain.
What’s your take? Would Burak Yilmaz be a good fit at Arsenal?
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