An update has emerged on Turkish midfielder Ozan Tufan, regarding Leeds’ interest in the Fenerbahce man.
Turkish journalist Talha Arslan has reported that Leeds scouts watched Ozan Tufan against Switzerland in the European Championships on Sunday. Arslan has claimed that Victor Orta sent scouts to watch both Tufan and Okay Yokuslu, as they competed for their country against Switzerland.
Crystal Palace, Everton and Fulham were all linked with a swoop for the midfielder earlier this year. Although, it remains to be seen if Fulham will still be in the race following their relegation from the Premier League to the Championship.
Former Fenerbahce boss Vitor Pereira previously claimed that Tufan, who is reportedly valued at £18m by Fenerbahce had the potential to be as good as retired Manchester City and Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure. He said:
“He still has a lot to learn and that is my job, but the world will soon have a central midfielder on the level of [Toure] on their hands.”
Mateusz Klich has been a key player for Leeds in recent seasons and deserves respect for the service he has provided the club, but it is time to forget about the Poland international as a starting player in the Premier League.
Of the ten players to make the most appearances for Leeds in the Premier League, Klich had the lowest average WhoScored rating at a disappointing 6.55. This also placed him 16th in the squad overall, suggesting that his position could be an area Leeds look to improve upon this summer.
With Tufan, Leeds could find the upgrade they need. The Turkish international averaged an excellent WhoScored rating of 7.00 in the Super Lig for Fenerbahce, whilst providing six goals and eight assists from midfield.
Tufan averaged more tackles and interceptions per game than Klich, whilst also averaging more dribbles and key passes combined than the Leeds man. This suggests that Tufan, who is five years younger, could be an excellent signing by Victor Orta to replace Klich in the starting XI.
This is not to say that Leeds should be selling Klich, though. The 31-year-old could still provide value as a rotation option or off the bench for the club. He still contributed with four goals and five assists in the Premier League from midfield, which is a decent return from a central midfielder.
Tufan could take his place in the XI whilst also learning from the Polish veteran – as he knows exactly what Marcelo Bielsa wants from his number eight. This is why Victor Orta must sanction a deal to sign Tufan after watching him play for his country this summer.