Fenerbahce midfielder Ozan Tufan had an eventful tournament going from zero to hero within the span of a week to end Euro 2016 as – statistically – one of the best players for Turkey according to Opta stats.
Tufan got off to an awful start when he was slammed for fixing his hair instead of busting a gut to close down Luka Modric who scored the winning goal for Croatia in their 1-0 win over Turkey.
The incident overshadowed what was otherwise a hard-working display with the youngster making the most tackles (6) and the most interceptions (3). Tufan passed accurately, setup two goal scoring opportunities and was a whisker away from finding the back of the net himself with the best chance Turkey had over the 90 minutes.
The less said about the entire teams performance against Spain the better. Turkey imploded after conceding the opening goal and that proved to be very costly as it was the goal average as a result of the 3-0 defeat that ultimately was the difference between finishing among the best four 3rd placed sides.
Tufan returned in spectacular fashion against the Czech Republic putting on a spirited display – some would say a Man of the Match performance. The bulky midfielder worked assiduously in midfield and scored the second goal with a brilliant strike right into the top corner. One concern was however, his passing accuracy which was just 65 percent.
Fenerbahce boss Vitor Pereira described Tufan’s display over Euro 2016 as reminding him of Manchester City star Yaya Tour.
“He still has a lot to learn and that is my job but the world will soon have a central midfielder on the level of Yaya Toure on their hands,” he said speaking on Sport Tv.
Fenerbahce are reluctant to part ways with Tufan over the summer but the Red Devils were closely linked with the young midfielder before his move to the Istanbul giants according to Ozan’s father.