The Denayer example: Leicester should let Soyuncu turn career around in Turkey

Leicester centre back Caglar Soyuncu is attracting the interest of Fenerbahce and could make a move to the Turkish giants on loan in the summer, according to Fotospor. But if an offer were to come in, should the Foxes allow him to depart?

What’s the word?

The 22-year-old defender has had a torrid first season in England, featuring just five times since signing for the Midlands club ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

As such, Leicester may seek to loan the player out when the transfer window opens and Fenerbahce seem to be his potential suitors.

Soyuncu had gained a promising reputation at Freiburg in the Bundesliga last campaign, so much so that Arsenal reportedly had interest in him. But his stock hasn’t exactly risen since arriving in the Premier League, with a loan move arguably the best way forward for his development.

Former Liverpool man Martin Skrtel is set to leave Fenerbahce after discussions over a new contract broke down, so Soyuncu could replace him.

Planning for the future

A move to the Turkish league may not be very attractive or fill Leicester fans with confidence for Soyuncu’s future, but a prior success story comes in the form of Jason Denayer.

He is the definition of an enigmatic defender but after having a disastrous spell with Sunderland has bounced back tremendously following a season with Galatasaray.

The former Manchester City man impressed there but has since joined Lyon and become one of their most consistent players, starring in the Champions League and particularly in a game against his old team.

Leicester can not only learn from that but in Filip Benkovic they have a proven trick that works when it comes to loans, something they should repeat with Soyuncu. Another up and coming centre back, he has benefited from a season away with Celtic and should come straight into the side when he returns to the King Power this summer.

The Foxes should follow that previous recipe in the hope that a spell away from the club for their young Turkish defender can help them prepare for when the likes of Wes Morgan and Jonny Evans move on.