Chances are if you have spend anytime on social media or Youtube you have seen one of Hakan Calhanoglu’s many stunning free-kick goals. There is of course more to the rising star than his amazing set-piece taking ability and it it little wonder Tottenham have expressed an interest as confirmed by his agent Bektas Demirtas.
Demirtas stated: “It is true that Tottenham have registered their interest with me.”
We take a look at three reasons why Spurs sides should act fast in snapping up the young talent.
1. Set Piece Specialist
Calhanoglu is widely regarded as being one of the best in the business with a phenomenal free-kick scoring record – 11 in the Bundesliga. Even Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola described him as being one of the best free-kick takers in the Bundesliga stating, “Çalhanoğlu is one of the best free-kick takers in the Bundesliga.”
The 22-year-old is a set-piece maestro not limited to scoring direct free-kicks Calhanoglu also has lethal delivery and takes just about every corner and dead ball situation for the currency Bayer side.
2. Bundesliga link
Bundesliga players have started to gain a reputation for settling in quickly and adapting to Premier League football. Emre Can has become a fan favourite at Liverpool, Mesut Özil has not done a bad job at Arsenal, Ilkay Gündoğan joined Manchester City this summer and Gökhan Töre joined West Ham.
Çalhanoğlu may be a Turkish international but much like Can, Özil and Gündoğan he is an ethnic Turk born in Germany. Can, Özil and Gündoğan opted to represent Germany while Çalhanoğlu and Töre chose Turkey.
The 22-year-old plays in a league that is stylistically pretty similar to the Premier League and has hinted in the past that he would like to play in England.
The Turkish international has consistently developed over the past few seasons. Calhanoglu was worth €700,000 at HSV before seeing his value increase to €3 million and then €22.45 (transfermarkt.com) million in just two years. The Turkish international has managed to take on every challenge presented to him and establish himself as an influential player at each club he has joined. The 22-year-old already has 21 goals and 22 assists for Bayer and has established himself as a first-team regular in the Turkish national side.