With Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Kelechi Iheanacho flying, it will take someone special to earn a place in that attack. Enes Unal, however, is certainly special.
Thanks to the exhilarating efficiency of Keven De Bruyne, the improvement of Raheem Sterling, and the brain-boggling tactical revolution taking shape under Pep Guardiola, the here and now is rather exciting for Manchester City fans. Then again, the future’s looking fairly bright, too.
With Kelechi Iheanacho, Leroy Sane and John Stones the poster boys of the next generation, City’s expansive recruitment drive appears to have laid the foundations for a dynasty. Like Chelsea, the Premier League pacesetters have stockpiled a collection of the world’s greatest talents before loaning them to grateful recipients to hone their ability and supplement their malleable potential with first-team experience.
‘Mini Messi’ Patrick Roberts (below), for example, continues to showcase his silky skills north of the border at Celtic while Marlos Moreno, one of the most exciting talents in South American football, will hope to return a year from now a more consistent and experienced player after a season at Deportivo.
However, the most exciting of all may be a player you had forgotten about. Enes Unal, a Turkish under-21 international striker, signed for a mere £2 million from Bursaspor last summer, according to SkySports.
Without warning, he has become one of the hottest talents in European football, starring alongside fellow City loanees Bersant Celina and Yaw Yeboah for Eredivisie side FC Twente. He netted twice, including one sumptuous free-kick, in Saturday’s 4-1 hammering of Den Haag. Add to that a hat-trick of stunners against Groningen a few weeks ago, and suddenly City fans are starting to take notice.
Twente 3-0 up. Enes Unal (x2) and Bersant Celina with the goals. City players taking over Twente FC.— Harry (@VivaLaSergio) 17 September 2016
Enes Unal with a brace. When he's good, he's really good.— Charlie Faye (@CharlieFaye9) 18 September 2016
5 - Enes Ünal is the second player with five goals in his first four Eredivisie games for @fctwente, after Dick van Dijk (5 in 1967). Gem.— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) 17 September 2016
Enes Ünal with another two goals bringing him to the top of the scorer charts in the Eredivisie— Daniel Sweegers (@daniel_sweegers) 18 September 2016
Can't wait for him to play for City #MCFC
Twente are playing a City loanee front 3 of Celina (below), Yeboah and Ünal against ADO Den Haag tonight and Ünal scored a first half double (2-0).— City Watch (@City_Watch) 17 September 2016
enes ünal.. remember this name and this tweet pic.twitter.com/Ylh4hyGU1Z— Atakan Şahin (@AtakanSahin17) 17 September 2016
3 - Enes Ünal is the first player with three goals from outside the box this Eredivisie season. Distance.— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) 17 September 2016