Crystal Palace shouldn't give up on Ozan Tufan despite reported competition from Tottenham

Crystal Palace's English manager Roy Hodgson greets Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino (L) ahead of the English Premier League football match between Crystal...

Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur could go head to head for Ozan Tufan's signature in the summer.

Ozan Tufan of Fenerbahce in action during the Turkish Super Lig soccer match between Fenerbahce and Antalyaspor at the Ulker Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey on October 04, 2019.

Fanatik have reported that Tottenham Hotspur have sent representatives to Turkey to watch Fenerbache's versatile midfielder Ozan Tufan. This would have been seen as bad news for Crystal Palace who, according to Fotospor, also sent scouts to watch the 24-year-old last week. 

Tufan spent the second half of last season on loan at Alanyaspor where his performances stood out from the rest. Fenerbahce recalled him this season after seeing his displays last term and he has started every game so far, captaining two games in the process. 

 

A player of Tufan's profile suits Tottenham well considering he can play anywhere in midfield and at right-back. Spurs desperately need a new right-back while the possible departure of Christian Eriksen in January or the summer could open up a space for him in the centre of the park as well. 

However, Tufan will face some serious competition in Tottenham's midfield even if Eriksen leaves. The likes of Harry Winks, Eric Dier, Tanguy Ndombele, Moussa Sissoko, Giovani Lo Celso and Deli Alli among others will pose the problem of regular game time for the Turk. 

(L-R) Yuto Nagatomo of Galatasaray AS, Ozan Tufan of Fenerbahce SK during the Turkish Spor Toto Super Lig match between Galatasaray SK and Fenerbahce AS at the Turk Telekom Arena  on...

Crystal Palace, on the other hand, could really do with a player of Tufan's quality. Roy Hodgson's side have had a brilliant start to their season but their creativity is mainly reliant on their wide players. Tufan's arrival would offer a whole new dimension to the Eagles' attack and his versatility would be an added bonus at Selhurst Park. 

Max Meyer was expected to have more of an attacking influence when Palace signed him from Schalke a few years ago but the German has failed to live up to the hype. Tufan could well become everything that Meyer could have been and they should not give up on his pursuit in the coming transfer windows.

Max Meyer of Crystal Palace looks on during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Crystal Palace at Bramall Lane on August 18, 2019 in Sheffield, United Kingdom.

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