Currently in blistering form for FC Twente, Manchester City striker Enes Unal could be a viable option for Pep Guardiola as he looks to make the Blues more potent in front of goal.
With chances at a minimum, as teams sit deep to negate the ‘blitzkrieg’ brand of football administered to opponents at the Etihad so far this season. Pep’s charges have struggled recently to find the back of the net.
Could the Turkish international bring a little bit of his current form back to his parent club, and continue to tally in the sky blue of Manchester City?
Some might question the quality of Unal as a Premier League and Champions League player, after all, we thought we had an up and coming star in John Guidetti. Unfortunately, regarding Guidetti, the Swede just didn’t cut the mustard in the first team.
While on loan at Feyenoord in 2011-12 Guidetti bagged 20 goals in 23 appearances and looked like he would be the next best thing in Manchester. He added to his collection while on loan at Scottish giants Celtic, netting 15 times in 35 appearances.
However, poor showings in subsequent loan spells at Burnley and Stoke, saw City offload to young Swede to Celta Vigo on a free transfer in 2015 – months after fans begged City to provide him with a chance in the first-team.
As a tall 6’1”, youthful finisher, it is understandable why comparisons between Guidetti and Unal might be made, however, will the Turkish international have the ‘golden touch’ if given the nod in Manchester?
While on loan at NAC Breda last season the 19-year-old notched up eight goals in just 11 appearances and so far this season he has equaled that in just eight games for FC Twente. Taking his introduction to the Eredivisie in his stride, his natural gift for goal scoring will surely be giving the coaching staff at the Etihad Stadium food for thought.
As other clubs look on admiringly at the wealth of young talent currently on offer to Guardiola, will the dynamic finisher be a ‘Pep Project’ now or in the future? Only time will tell, but it’s certainly great to watch it all unfold. The future’s bright – the future’s sky blue!