Another day another big transfer rumour, this time it’s Bolton Wanderers midfielder Erhun Oztumer who is rumoured to be on his way out of the troubled club.
If rumours are to be believed, the man who featured for the Trotters 18 times last season is a wanted man, with Charlton Athletic and Hull City both interested in his services.
Oztumer only joined Bolton in 2018 from Walsall on a free, but with all the issues going on behind the scenes at Bolton they seem to be looking to cash in on the midfielder. With both Hull and Charlton playing their football in the Championship next season, it is realistic that Oztumer may be available for a cut-price fee, and for a man with his experience at this level, it could prove invaluable.
Things aren’t all rosy at Hull City however, manager Nigel Adkins recently turned down a new contract and is set to leave when the current one expires at the end of this month. Therefore, no guarantee’s can be made for Oztumer should he move there, perhaps whoever is brought in will want his own players and it could jeopardize his move.
With Hull looking his likely destination, we took a look at what Oztumer could bring to the mid-table Championship side…
Although Oztumer isn’t the biggest of players at 5″3, his career has seen him fight his way back into the Pro game, via the fourth division of Turkish football. Therefore, the 28-year-old is constantly fighting to prove to everyone that he belongs and is good enough for the Football League.
Having experienced Non-League football, Oztumer has some of that grit that can only come from playing on mud-baths for next to nothing but the love of the game, something which a few clubs need a little bit more of.
Composure on the ball
Oztumer has a wand of a left foot (YouTube it) is very composed with the ball and can be a tricky player to deal with given his low centre of gravity. Therefore if a team keeps the ball on the floor and plays, he can be a real asset from his attacking midfielder role, moving the entire team forward with one pass or run.
This issue comes when teams starting playing the long ball similar to what has happened at Bolton, at only 5″3 Oztumer will compete, but is never going to be favourite against some of the giants of the Championship such as Ryan Shawcross.