Posted on Saturday, 25th June 2011 by Iain Culverhouse
At only 19, Ozyakup is already regarded by youth team coaches as a technically gifted midfielder, who possesses great vision, dribbling skills and the ability to create goals for his team-mates.
The youngster has already managed to captain the Dutch Under-16 side, and was apart of the Under-17 side that reached the final of the European Championships in January this year.
Earlier in the year, Ozyakup announced that he would like a loan move away from the Emirates next season, in order to follow in the footsteps of Henri Lansbury and others:
‘Looking at people like Henri Lansbury and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, they all have done really well on loan. When you look at them you want to go on loan as well. I’ve spoken to Benik Afobe about it and he has told me about the added pressure, but he likes it.’
‘It helps you grow up as a player, you have to show your character and you have to be mature.’
‘It’s a different experience and you can learn to play in bigger stadiums, you have to win every game and there is always pressure.’
I believe Ozyakup has the right idea, and I totally agree with a loan move away from Arsenal next season, as it would definitely benefit his development.
I do feel that the Gunners have a gem amongst their ranks, and that the Dutch youth star will be one to look out for in the future.
He has made 12 Under-18 appearances for Arsenal in the 2009/10 season, where he scored 4 times – this is highly likely to improve as he progresses through the ranks at the club.
He is highly rated amongst the Arsenal staff, and youth guru, Gary Glessing, has in the past placed Oguzhan Ozyakup in the same class as Cesc Fabregas.
Glessing told The Times:
‘There’s an 18-year-old Dutch-Turkish central midfielder, Oguzhan Ozyakup, who reminds me of Fàbregas.’
In my opinion he is definitely one to watch for the future – let’s just hope he lives up to expectations.
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