It may be a little early to describe this current crop of Turkish footballers as a ‘Golden Generation’ but it's certainly an exciting time to be a fan of the Eastern European nation. Senol Gunes’s side qualified for Euro 2020 with ease, finishing just two points behind France in their group, with a host of talented young players catching the eye along the way.
And all the signs suggest that Benici has the potential to follow in the footsteps of Caglar Soyuncu, Merih Demiral, Ozan Kabak and co with a move to one of the continent’s major leagues.
He certainly has plenty of admirers in England. Premier League trio Newcastle, Watford and Bournemouth will have scouts in the stands as Goztepe’s youngsters take on Konyaspor in the coming days.
Turkish Football adds that Binici is yet to sign a professional contract with the mid-table Super Lig outfit, meaning any interested suitor would only have to pay a minimal development fee if the technically gifted midfielder opts to leave his homeland.
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley would surely give this deal the green light. There is nothing the Sports Direct tycoon loves more than a talented youngster, snapped up on the cheap and sold on for a profit.
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