Transfer Rumours: Nuri Sahin
Hello again, Reece Simwogerere here, writing for Savage Gooner blog. Today, I will discuss the possible loan move of Sahin to Arsenal.
Rumours of a Nuri Sahin exit from Madrid have been picked up in the national papers recently. According to various papers, Sahin is set to leave Madrid on a season long loan with his future at the Bernabeu very uncertain under Jose Mourinho. Amongst the big names discussed as possible suitors for Sahin, has been Galatasaray and of course, Arsenal.
Just to give you a bit of background information on Nuri Sahin, he came into the spotlight in 2005 when Turkey Under-17s won the European Championships that year. Later that very same year, Nuri Sahin became the youngest player to play in the German Bundesliga for Borussia Dortmund and 3 months later became the youngest player to score in the Bundesliga.
2 years down the line, Sahin had struggled to become part of the set-up at Dortmund and joined Feyenoord on loan in Holland. Under former Dortmund coach Bert van Marwijk on loan at Feyenoord, Sahin managed to rejuvenate his footballing career and helped Feyenoord to their first trophy in six years: the Dutch Cup.
Upon returning to Dortmund, his form once again drew media attention whilst he played 33 games, scoring 4 goals and earning 7 assists in the Bundesliga. The next season was even better. Despite playing 3 fewer games in the Bundesliga, Sahin scored 6 goals and got 8 assists, with his form helping Borussia Dortmund to their 4th Bundesliga (7th German first division) title. With this form, Sahin was voted Bundesliga player of the season for 2010-11.
Of course, soon enough, Sahin was snapped up by Real Madrid, paying €10 million for him. Sadly, under Mourinho, Sahin has failed to find his place in the starting XI. At 23, Sahin is still growing and developing as a football player and a player of his quality should not be allowed to linger on the bench.
Perhaps ironically, this is a similar situation to that circa 2005-07 with Borussia Dortmund. But Nuri Sahin found himself a new lease of footballing life after a loan move. So now, in 2012, Nuri finds himself having to prove himself all over again to a new manager and a new team and what better way is there than a move to the Premier League? [Presuming he doesn't move to Galatasaray like some rumours have suggested.]
But what makes Nuri Sahin so special? It’s his incisiveness. His ability to make the killer ball. His vision. The list is endless but if you want some examples look here. As a player that plays as a sort of deep-lying playmaker, comparisons could be made to that of a left-footed Andrea Pirlo. And, if you’ve watched him over the past few years, you’d know that sort of comparison wouldn’t be too far off.
He’s skilful, and classy on the ball. He’s got a great first touch and very good when controlling the ball. But, for me, his biggest strength is his range of passing. Despite making only 4 appearances for Madrid in La Liga last season, his passing success rate was 89%. Very good. He likes to play the ball long and high in the air and he’s accomplished at doing so. As for taking long-range shots, he likes to do that too and has the tendency to score the occasional cracker from that. If his vision, and ability to dictate the tempo of a game isn’t enough, it should also be noted how good Sahin is at taking set pieces and free-kicks. He’s excellent when it comes to the art of the dead ball.
If there any weaknesses to Nuri Sahin, it’s that he’s poor in aerial duels. Of all the aerial duels he was involved in playing for Madrid, he lost half. He could certainly improve on that side of things but he’s strong in the tackle and makes terrific interceptions to break up opposition play. In the 4 appearances he made for Madrid in La Liga last season, he made 5 interceptions and 5 tackles.
To conclude, could he make a successful loan at Arsenal? I think he could. I see no reason why he couldn’t. He’d easily be able to fit into our passing game and would be able to play the physical side of things should he play in the Premier League because he’s not afraid to get stuck into a tackle. A loan move to Arsenal could be the move which, once again, revitalises his career and I’d be happy to see him in an Arsenal shirt.
I suppose we’ll wait and see for confirmation of a deal and, fingers crossed, a player of Nuri’s quality will be playing for us.
Thanks for reading. Enjoy your Thursday afternoon. What do you think of Nuri Sahin? Could he make it at Arsenal? Will he even come? Feel free to leave a comment below and you can follow me on twitter @reece_sim. Thank you.