English football

Once, he picked tomatoes – ENGLISH FOOTBALL

by: Adam Smith


Former Freiburg player Caglar Sûyoncô is one of the debutants of this Premier League season: he has become one of the best and most sought-after domestic defenders in the league and ranks second in the table with his club Leicester City.

There are many ways to analyse the current excellent line-up of Leicester City’s internal defence. As an expert, you could say: smart transfer policy. As a fan, you could sing: “Fuck off Maguire, Fuck off Maguire, We don’t need you, We’ve got Sôy-ncô.” And both are right.

In the summer of 2018, Leicester’s Maguire had just become one of the faces of England’s national team at the World Cup in Russia, Leicester signed Caglar Sûyoncô from SC Freiburg for around 21 million euros.

Leicester then played a mixed season and sandncô did not play a role. Sometimes he was absent injured, sometimes he was pushed to the reserve team and for the pros he made a total of only six Premier League games. He had little self-confidence and communication problems, he had to first learn English.

Leicester are the second best defender in the Premier League

Then, last summer, Leicester sold Maguire to Manchester United for 87 million euros – and refused to sign a successor. Brendan Rodgers, who took over as manager in February, trusted Sôy-ncô. “If you look at it from the outside, you have to honestly admit that it leaves the impression that it could be imperfect and very risky,” Rodgers said. “But after our first session, I noticed how good a player he is.”

Rodgers named the starting line-up for the new season – and since then he has impressed alongside experienced Jonny Evans. With only 19 goals conceded after 21 games, second-place Leicester are currently the second best defender in the Premier League. The English newspaper Guardian recently named their eleven greatest starters in Europe in 2019. In the domestic defense: Soyoncô.

Caglar Sûyoncô benefits from Brendan Rodgers’ style of play

Against his rapid development, Rodgers’ favourite style of play came to him. He relies on ball possession and needs solid, safe pass, creative inside defenders. Defenders of the interior like Sôyoncô. “He’s not just trying to hit the ball out of the danger zone, he’s trying to solve situations wisely,” Rodgers said. “With his good player opening, he fits perfectly into our new style of play,” said teammate Christian Fuchs Spox and Purpose.

With a success rate of more than 90 per cent, he is one of the safest domestic defenders in the league, his 1,400 assists played are surpassed only by Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool and Kurt Zouma of Chelsea. However, the strengths of the passing game do not come at the expense of a solid lead of two fights at the 1.87 meters of Sôy-ncô. He won 63.98 percent of his fights. And is also currently the fastest player in the league.

“Caglar is one of the best central defenders in the Premier League right now,” said Everton team-mate Cenk Tosun and long-time England international Jamie Carragher wrote on Twitter: “I love watching Caglar Sûyoncô.” According to the Time Manchester City would now be interested in a commitment.

With Cengiz ‘nder in the junior department of Altinordu

Such a change would be the temporary culmination of a career that began in his hometown of Izmir on the west coast of Turkey. He began his career with the district club Menemen Belediyespor and then played for the offspring of Altinordu Izmir (or the second team).

The club is known for its outstanding academy. “In my opinion, Altinordu has the best youth department in Turkey,” Cengiz told ‘nder’ in an interview with DAZN some time ago. Like the Altinordu Academy, the one-year-old from the Altinordu Academy is very comfortable. The two have known each other for more than ten years, once even shared the room – and have been trained in the same way.

At Altinordu, this applies not only to football, but also to life. “The work of the youth of Altinordu is very special. Because you are not only trained in football, but also in character. You have to pick tomatoes and feed animals and be ready for your future life,” Nder said. Near the training center there is a farm, which young players take care of.

The road from Caglar Sûyoncô to Leicester via Freiburg

However, the future life of The Future Life of The City and the Inder does not concern animals and tomatoes. In 2014, they both made their professional debuts for Altinordu in the second division, in 2016 they both left the club. He moved first to Basaksehir Istanbul and then to AS Rome. 2.65 million euros.

There he initially had the same problem as later at Leicester: little connection to the team due to communication problems. After all, he got enough game shares from the start and grew more and more. At the same time, he got a regular spot in the Turkish national team.

In 2018, he joined Leicester for about 21 million euros, where they now sing, a year and a half later: “Fuck off Maguire, Fuck off Maguire, We don’t need you, We’ve got Sôyncô”.

Caglar Soyoncô in The Plant Profile

Born 23 May 1996 in Izmir (Turkey)
Size 1.87m
Weight 82 kg
Position Inside defender
strong foot Yes
Games/goals PL 48/1