Sunday, June 10, 2007

Tuncay Reportedly Close to English Move

Tuncay Reportedly Close to English Move
By Nathan L. Redd

Monday's edition of Sabah is reporting that Tuncay is close to making a move to England - but not to Manchester United or Chelsea. Instead, Tuncay is considering joining newly-promoted Birmingham City, who just moved up to the Premiership from League Championship.

"I will go to Birmingham and prove myself. I know it is the only way to draw attentions of big clubs such as Milan and Juventus," Tuncay said in Sabah. Tuncay's contract with one of Europe's "big clubs" just expired, and Fenerbahce would like to ink him to a new deal for the 2007-2008 campaign. Fener will have the opportunity to make one last pitch to Tuncay, and as we have learned in the past, Aziz Yildirim and Murat Ozaydinli cannot be counted out despite the odds.

Tuncay has expressed his desire to move abroad to play futbol next season, but that move was expected to be to AC Milan, Barcelona, or another storied European club. While the English Premiership is by most accounts a stronger league than the Turkcell Super Lig, would Birmingham City be considered a step down? Birmingham City recently spent time in the English third division, and finished as runners-up in the English second division this past season. Fenerbahce are the reigning Turkish champions, are a storied European club, and headed for the UEFA Champions League next season. Expect Fenerbahce to show Tuncay the light in the coming days.


Blogger Erol said...

Not a good career move... If he fails to prove himself, he will have alot to lose. However, being a Tuncay supporter, I wish him the best of luck and can only hope he's just as successful as he was with Fener.

6:43 AM  
Blogger Emre Kizilkaya said...

It might be another bluff for renewing contract. Otherwise it would be a very bad choice from Tuncay... (the worse could be a second class Italian team)

7:44 AM  
Blogger Nathan L. Redd said...

I agree - Tuncay is my favorite player, and he will be no matter where he goes. But Birmingham City is a head-scratcher....he might as well sign with an American MLS team. Birmingham City will be this season's "Watford" - enjoy the ride, because it's relegation again for next year.

8:32 AM  
Blogger PARISTEXAS said...

I hope Tuncay's success wherever he goes. He is no doubt one of the best players in Turkey.
I can watch him as a member of the national team at least,though I'd like to watch him as a Fener's player one more season.

9:10 AM  
Blogger Erol said...

You are probably right Emre. I think its a ploy as well - no agent in their right mind would support their client to a move to a team like Birmingham - it would be a career killer. He would definitely be wasting a few years of his career. He would start right away, but it would be extremely difficult for a team like Birmingham, even with Tuncay, to make Europe. is stating that Allardyce has an interest in Tuncay. I've also heard Tottenham. If Tottenham is involved, I'd say do it. If Arsenal is involved, I'd love it - I have season tickets for this forthcoming season and would love to watch Tuncay at Emirates!

9:13 AM  
Blogger Eski Kanka Jim said...

Agreed. The only way for Birmingham to go next season is..... down.

If Tuncay is really serious about improving his street cred then he should look no further than a move to ANKARAGUCU !

With new signings Young Alpay and even Younger Sergen now in the team, ANKARAGUCU will be more than happy to give him all the exposure he needs !!!

9:58 AM  
Blogger Nathan L. Redd said...

Eski Kanka Jim, you're cracking me up, man :). Actually, Ankaragucu just called me about possibly signing me. They said "we know you're short and a few pounds overweight, about to turn 31 years old, not very quick and not so talented, but we'd like to put you up front as our featured striker."


11:13 AM  
Blogger PARISTEXAS said...

Hi Nathan L
At last Tuncay will join Boro after mediacl check.,,1,00.html

I hope his success of course, but...

8:45 AM  

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