The January transfer window has opened and Liverpool are already linked with Adbülkadir Ömür from Trabzonspor. One of the more tangible rumours, the 19-year-old starlet is held in very high regard in his home country. But what sort of player is he and how would he fit in our system?
Ömür has contributed two goals and three assists from 14 starts in the Turkish league this season, earning two man of the match awards.
He averages 0.9 key passes a game with a pass success rate of 86.4% per Whoscored. He also averages 1.3 dribbles per game while only being dispossessed twice per game. He’s known for being a great dribbler and has earned the nickname “The Turkish Messi” as a result.
He’d be a fantastic addition to the Liverpool midfield and could offer the wingers cover should they need rest. The only current Red with exceptional on-the-ball skill is Adam Lallana. Unfortunately, Lallana hasn’t managed to stay fit long enough to develop any real form.
Ömür is not a like-for-like player and is in obvious need of development as for as output is concerned. But his eye for the pass and ability to beat his man off the dribble would be a welcome addition to the squad.
The pint-sized midfielder may be known for his skill bounding up the pitch but his defensive effort is underrated.
Ömür stands at a mere 5’6″ tall but his averages of 1.3 tackles per game and 0.4 interceptions show a willingness to get involved with the defensive end. A trait that would be very attractive to Jürgen Klopp.
He is not afraid or reluctant to heap the pressure on the opposition. He does tend to press blindly at times but at such a young age he has demonstrated the desire to develop.
The Turkish teenage sensation is ripe with potential but that also means he is still raw. If Michael Edwards and Klopp are interested in the youngster, they would probably see him as one for the future and not an immediate first-team player.
His versatility is another trait Klopp would appreciate. This season alone he’s played attacking midfield in the centre, on the right and on the left, he’s also played centre midfield and right midfield.
All in all he seems like he would be an exciting transfer, and given our scouting team’s previous signings there’s a high chance he’ll come good should he sign for Liverpool.