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West Ham United opinion: Should West Ham sign Dorukhan Tokoz?

According to a report from Turkish outlet Fanatik, West Ham are interested in signing Besiktas’ 22-year-old midfield powerhouse Dorukhan Tokoz in the summer. The Turkish international’s performances have attracted a lot of interest from Europe and would cost €20 million in the upcoming transfer window.

West Ham are at the risk of losing their midfield star Declan Rice with the 20-year-old heavily linked with a move to either Manchester United and Manchester City. The Hammers will be dealt a huge blow if Rice was to leave in the summer but Manuel Pellegrini looks to be thinking ahead already.

Dorukhan Tokoz would be a phenomenal addition to the Hammers side. The young midfielder, based on his recent performances, looks to be more well-rounded than the Irishman, who has also had a magnificent campaign so far.

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Tokaz failed to start a single game for Besiktas in their first 11 games but the Turk has since been an integral part of Senol Gunes’ side. The 22-year-old rose to fame when he scored 3 goals in 3 games at the end of January but Tokoz’s primary skills lie on the other end of the pitch.

Tokoz is a complete midfielder who is capable of playing anywhere across central midfield. The Turk has mainly been used in a number 6 role and has excelled there, thanks to his outstanding physical attributes.

Tokoz is a relentless ball-winner who does not allow an opposition player to have any time in possession. The midfield powerhouse gets tight with his opponent and bullies them to recover possession for his side.

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The 22-year-old’s positioning at such a young age is highly commendable and has rarely ever looked out of place for the Black and Whites this season. Tokoz’s ability to sense danger is outstanding and is always seen on the front foot to intercept an opponent’s pass.

When in the attack, Tokoz uses his strength to fend off his markers without losing possession. His ability to use his body to guard the ball will be a massive asset in the Premier League where a player’s physicality is tested to the core.

Tokoz also possesses an incredible right foot and is capable of scoring from a long way out. His precision in his shots is impressive and the power he generates behind it is at times impossible for a goalkeeper to stop.

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Conclusion

West Ham would have a real gem on their hands if they manage to seal the deal for Dorukhan Tokoz in the summer. The 22-year-old would complete the Hammers’ midfield and his presence in front of the centre-backs will provide them with all the protection they could possibly need.

West Ham should move in quickly for the young Turkish powerhouse before other clubs in Europe set their sights on him in the summer.

Written by Shamanth Jayaram

24-year old Electrical engineer turned football writer, born and brought up in Bangalore.

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