Ozan Tufan: A good fit for Ronald Koeman's Everton?

By Gary McCarty 29/06/2016  0 Comments  [Jump to last]

Ozan Tufan isn't exactly a household name in European football just yet... but he will be. The Turkey international has attracted plenty of attention in the transfer window from a number of Premier League clubs but the Toffees may be about to pip the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur to the Fenerbahce man.

Tufan is a supreme talent and at just 21-years-old, he is only going to grow and mature into an even better player. Last season, Everton lacked energy and desire in the middle of the park and Tufan would give stability and assurance in front of the back four. While Gareth Barry and James McCarthy are capable of ‘doing a job', Tufan has the potential to blossom into a world class holding midfielder, and that is why Everton should snap him up now.

As a player, he is also adaptable and the youngster played on the right-hand side on multiple occasions for Fenerbahce last season. Everton lacked ability in wide areas last season, especially when Aaron Lennon and Gerard Deulofeu were off the field and Koeman may view Tufan as somebody who could slot in well and form a great relationship with Seamus Coleman down the flanks. After all, versatility is ALWAYS welcomed.

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With reports suggesting that new head investor Farhad Moshiri will give Koeman upwards of £80 million to spend this summer, Tufan is a realistic target. In years gone by, Everton have sat and watched their rivals spend huge sums of money in the transfer window but now it is our turn. The Toffees aren't widely known as a ‘buying club' but that could all change with Moshiri's funds and guidance this summer.

If nothing else, Koeman must make wholesale changes to the Everton squad. Martinez never really clicked with the supporters but Koeman's likeability and ability to transform the entire club's ethos should appeal to the fans. Just look at what he did with Southampton, and all despite losing players to the bigger clubs throughout his tenure. His work was quite amazing and most Everton fans are excited to see what he can do at Goodison Park.

As of June 30th, Everton are priced at 7/2 to finish in the top six in bet365's football betting markets and the Toffees aren't too far away from achieving that goal. They have enough young talent to build around and the likes of Tufan will only help to enhance their prospects of climbing back into the European places. Everton must now focus on completing the deal and bringing the young Turk to the club. Whatever the fee, he's worth it.

Ozan Tufan isn't going to solve all of Everton's problems but he is certainly going to be a great addition at Goodison Park. He is calm, composed and reliable in possession, something that Koeman lives by and the Dutchman will see him as an integral piece in his grand plan at the club. At 21-years-old, he has time to mature and grow even further and he could blossom into a truly dominant force at the heart of Everton's midfield.

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