Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers believes Caglar Soyuncu has all the makings of a high-quality central defender in the Premier League.
The Turkish youngster joined the Foxes in the summer after shining for Freiburg in the Bundesliga last season.
Leicester beat a host of clubs from across Europe to the signing of Soyuncu, but he has failed to make his mark in England so far, acting only as a rotational option for Claude Puel and now Rodgers.
This has led to speculation surrounding his future at the King Power Stadium, with recent reports suggesting that a return to his homeland of Turkey could be on the cards.
Rodgers, as quoted by The Mirror, was quizzed about Soyuncu’s future at Leicester, and insisted that he has a big future at the club. He said:
He has been very strong but very unfortunate because you are playing one game a week and the team has stability.
He is a young lad who has come in and I know he played in some of the cup games early on but perhaps things haven’t quite gone for him as he would want, but I have found him a really good boy who wants to learn.
He is strong and aggressive, but he hasn’t had a lot of game time. He is adapting. It is a different game in the Premier League and he is adapting to it.
It didn’t help he didn’t speak much English at first. Adaption is important so I like to give them time to find their feet and settle in, knowing even in this first year he is adapting.
Why Soyuncu should play regularly for Leicester until the end of the season
The pressure is off for Leicester now. European qualification is a strong possibility, but the team can play with freedom, and this should benefit Soyuncu as he gets to grips with the Premier League.
Chance to shine
Soyuncu has a golden chance to show his credentials as a centre-back between now and the end of the season and has waited patiently for his opportunities.
Run of games
Soyuncu has not yet had a run of games at Leicester, and the run-in could be the perfect time to provide him with this.
Soyuncu is a young player and the next month could be crucial as Rodgers decides who is in his plans for Leicester and who is not.