Unless you’re a hardcore Liverpool fan you probably won’t have noticed Samed Yesil. That is unless of course you managed to tune into U17 World Cup back in 2011. If you did manage to watch the competition you will have noticed that the German took the tournament by storm. Notching an impressive six goals in just seven games, including two against England’s youngsters.
The goals would have come of no surprise to the coaches and managers that saw him destroy opposition after opposition at youth level. In fact the striker, who can play for either the German or Turkish national sides, has somewhat of a phenomenal record at the level.
He has even been given the nickname Gerd. Teammates have apparently been so impressed and empowered by the striker’s ability to score goals that they have likened him to probably the greatest German striker to ever grace the game, Gerd Muller, who scored 68 goals for his country in just 62 appearances.
The 18-year-old’s nickname probably has something to do with his record as the German youngster has scored 22 goals in just 26 appearances for Germany at U16, U17 and U18 level, that’s as well as the goals he bagged in the U17 World Cup. He was also selected for squad of the tournament after three goals in the U17 European Championships in May 2011. But it’s not just goals that the speedy striker brings to the table, that U17 World Cup also saw him score an incredible assists tally with an impressive six assists in just seven appearances.
Although the striker has been playing for the German youth setup he is still able to play for the Turkish international squad if he chooses to. Yesil is yet to decide which national side he wants to represent despite a few whisper in his ears. Those whispers include former Liverpool and Turkish compatriot Nuri Sahin who also has strong links with both countries having plied his trade in the Bundesliga for more than six years of his career. It’s reported that both him and current Turkish manager Abdullah Avci have both expressed their desire at having the youngster play for Turkey when ready for the call up.
With that kind of form it was no surprise to see some of Europe’s big guns come looking, with Arsene Wenger said to be interested in the youngster. In the end though it was Liverpool that managed to lure Samed from Hertha Berlin, after they agreed a deal with the German club’s manager at the time, none other than Liverpool legend Sami Hyypia.
Despite being named in the first team squad on a couple of occasions this season the strikers career hit somewhat of a standstill. In December 2012 he scored his first goal for the club, scoring a sumptuous lob over the keeper against Crystal Palace U21s. However the club level progression was short lived as he ruptured anterior cruciate ligament while on international duty.
“I get stuck in where it hurts because I want to score goals,” Yesil remarked in an interview last year.
“It doesn’t matter if I get kicked or fouled. The important thing is I score. My aim is to score in every match.”
And judging by the fiery striker’s attitude, it won’t be long before he is back in amongst the action for both club and country.