(18) Ozan Tufan

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  1. hornmeister

    hornmeister Club Legend

    C&P F'fishal site https://www.watfordfc.com/teams/men/players/ozan-tufan

    Ozan Tufan joined the Hornets in August 2021, on a season-long loan from Fenerbah*e with an option to buy.

    Tufan’s career began with Bursaspor in his home country before he moved to S*per Lig rivals Fenerbah*e in 2015.

    He went on to make 174 outings for the Istanbul side, while also spending a loan spell at Alanyaspor during the 2018/19 season.

    A holding midfielder with a range of passing and an eye for goal, Tufan made his international debut for Turkey in 2014 and has earned more than 60 caps for the nation.
     
  2. Relegation Certs

    Relegation Certs Squad Player

    There's a helluva lot of pressure on this guy turning out to be good.

    I have a bad feeling about this one.
     
  3. RS2

    RS2 Reservist

    He's great, looking forward to seeing him play.
     
  4. Nicholas

    Nicholas Academy Graduate

    Club website listed him as a holding mid, is this actually the case ?
     
  5. RS2

    RS2 Reservist

    He can play there but I'd get him further forward personally.
     
  6. Hogg-DEENEY!!!

    Hogg-DEENEY!!! Squad Player

    I'd have him as a deep-lying playmaker (sort of like Hughes), and then Etebo ahead of him as a sort of poor man's Kante, and then Kucka or Sissoko alongside
     
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  7. RS2

    RS2 Reservist

    Yeah it'll be interesting to see how Xisco uses him. This season he's gone with Etebo as a screen to mop up anything in front of the defence, but he might just be doing that because he hasn't had someone decent with the ball like Tufan.
     
  8. Smudger

    Smudger Messi's Mad Coach Staff Member

    I guess Xisco will stick with his three for the most part.

    Etebo as the guardian defensive anchor point. Then two from three. Kucka, Sissoko and Tufan. Depending on who we are playing. For stronger opposition go with two defensive orientated player namely Sissoko. And if not so strong go with Kucka/Tufan throwing in Louza as he gets up to speed.

    The fact is Etebo and Sissoko are comfortable at carrying the ball and we have a genuine goal scoring threat from midfield. All apart from Etebo are prepared to attack the box as we have seen several times already this season with Kucka and Sissoko on the end of cutbacks and crosses. Kucka and Tufan have that ability to score from range as well. So all in all for not much outlay and crossing our fingers there is little in the way of injuries we have improved midfield no end over what we had in the Chumpionship.
     
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  9. Hogg-DEENEY!!!

    Hogg-DEENEY!!! Squad Player

    I think there are two reasons we should play Tufan, one, he has something that the other midfielders don't have, two, he'll throw a hissy fit if he doesn't play and put on 50 pounds lol
     
  10. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Will be keen to forget his half v the Netherlands quickly !
     
  11. Hogg-DEENEY!!!

    Hogg-DEENEY!!! Squad Player

    Not quite sure how much you can pin the blame on him against a better team, and down to 10 men! Hard to believe they beat the Netherlands and Norway at the beginning of this campaign, they have been utterly trash for a while now!
     
  12. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    I am not - just saying it’s a game he won’t want to remember too much.

    Turkey certainly have had a tough run save for those 2 results .
     
  13. MIlton Dammers

    MIlton Dammers Reservist

  14. LeedsOrn

    LeedsOrn Reservist

    Pretty good for him to get 45 mins in the tank though. I can’t imagine he’s played much if at all for a while. He seemed to fare better than a lot of his teammates too.
     
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  15. Chumlax

    Chumlax Squad Player

    The T-shirt he is wearing in his arrival video is genuinely comical (and I say that as someone who has been known to wear the odd 'oversized' T or shirt jacket myself)

    Let's hope he's not using it to hide anything... :eek:

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  16. WatfordTalk

    WatfordTalk First Team

    Looks pretty slim in the pictures of him in training
     
  17. Hogg-DEENEY!!!

    Hogg-DEENEY!!! Squad Player

    I quite like the three midfielders we played yesterday, but I don't think all of them together is suitable, I think we need to see what Tufan has to offer very soon. Expect to see him play against Stoke, maybe not the whole game, and then start against Norwich
     
  18. RS2

    RS2 Reservist

    Stoke is after Norwich.
     
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  19. Hogg-DEENEY!!!

    Hogg-DEENEY!!! Squad Player

    I was beginning to wonder why there was such little chat about the Stoke game lol
     
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  20. Relegation Certs

    Relegation Certs Squad Player

    The messiah must start v Norwich.
     
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  21. NathWFC

    NathWFC First Team

    He needs to be good because to me it's looking like Kucka's first performance might have been a false dawn.

    Plus we don't create **** all from midfield.
     
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  22. Davy Crockett

    Davy Crockett Reservist

    Agreed . We need someone who can dictate play . Etebo is a good holder .
    Sissoko is the muscle . But who can pick the pass ?
     
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  23. Hogg-DEENEY!!!

    Hogg-DEENEY!!! Squad Player

    For me, even if Kucka's performance wasn't a one-off, Tufan needs to be good, because if he isn't, none of Kucka, Etebo and Sissoko are very creative
     
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  24. MIlton Dammers

    MIlton Dammers Reservist

    Surely that depends on which direction you're travelling?
     
  25. Ágætis Byrjun

    Ágætis Byrjun Reservist

    At least you're not sat in the stands on Tuesday wondering why the lights are off.
     
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  26. Hogg-DEENEY!!!

    Hogg-DEENEY!!! Squad Player

    All that and I was ill and couldn't go lol. How did Tufan play anyway? Not to get all 'didn't want to win this game anyway', but surely Tufan's performance is the most important aspect of today
     
  27. Ágætis Byrjun

    Ágætis Byrjun Reservist

    I thought he was absolutely fantastic. Potentially our best midfielder. Always wanting the ball, always driving forward. Good passing range, strong.

    They say the Turkish Pogba but he reminded more of a Steven Gerrard. I think he'll be a wonderful player for us, especially surrounded by better players than tonight.
     
  28. Hogg-DEENEY!!!

    Hogg-DEENEY!!! Squad Player

    Well, he only had a half, and fluffed some good opportunities, but dare I say the biggest positive from today? And to think he might not have got on if it weren't for a head injury to Cleverley!
     
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  29. HeiaWatford

    HeiaWatford First Year Pro

    Was very poor against a very good Norwegian side. Taken off around the 60 minute mark. Hopefully Ranieri likes Thorsby and we go back in for him in January because he has some engine on him, never stopped running and harrying the opposition. A few communication issues with Elyounoussi while in attacking areas. He would be a big plus in both areas and would definitely improve the midfield.
     
  30. Chumlax

    Chumlax Squad Player

    He's played the majority of every game for Samp so far, though - can't see Gino spending anything like the money required to poach an actually wanted player from a club of even relatively comparable means in Jan. Hence why our CB situation is so potentially alarming, even with Nicolas...
     
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  31. HeiaWatford

    HeiaWatford First Year Pro

    Very true. It was more in hope from me than logic. Even with the new fella we're down to three, two if he's not up to speed.
     
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  32. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Gino might be spending money on a pay off and new manager by then if things don’t go well !
     
  33. Hogg-DEENEY!!!

    Hogg-DEENEY!!! Squad Player

    How much of that is down to Turkey being pretty shambolic in general at the moment? For all the supposed talent in that Turkey team, since the eye-catching results at the start of qualifying, they've been awful
     
  34. HeiaWatford

    HeiaWatford First Year Pro

    Difficult to say tbh. Turkey easily beat them last time with Tufan scoring twice. But I believe it was the Norwegian managers first game in charge and they have progressed alot, even without a recognised striker playing against the Turks. They had Stefan Kuntz as manager so I'm not sure how long he's been manager for Turkey but as you said were shambolic. But Tufan was more of a midfield two than the furthest forward so that could have played apart.
     
  35. Hogg-DEENEY!!!

    Hogg-DEENEY!!! Squad Player

    Well, Turkey are losing to Latvia without him, so I wouldn't apportion too much blame to Tufan!
     
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