“I have not seen a player like Tolgay “

Updated: May 7, 2015

Volkan Çelik

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Volkan Çelik

Besiktas boss Slaven Bilic has heaped praise on Tolgay Arslan, and is very proud of his performance so far stating

“I have till this day not seen a player like Tolgay Arslan, signed in the winter transfer window, who can play so good in both attack and defense.”

putting aside his ability to play both offensive and defensive aside,  there is very few players with the ability to take the ball right to the oppositions goal area”

Besiktas competed heavily over the January transfer window, to sign Tolgay Arslan from Bundesliga side Hamburg SV, with Trabzonspor for the player’s signature. At one point, it seemed as if Trabzonspor managed to convince Tolgay to sign for them by offering the 24-year old midfielder a very lucrative contract. But Tolgay did what many in today’s football world wouldn’t do and stuck to his word and signed with Besiktas for nearly half the money Trabzonspor had offered him. With his impressive performance against Liverpool in the UEFA Europa League and more recently against Trabzonspor he has surely convinced everyone that his value both on the transfermarket and his club will drastically increase. Besiktas paid only €500.000 for his signature from Hamburg three months ago.

“He will be vital”

Bilic, who is confident that we are yet to see the best of Tolgay Arslan, stated: “In the summer when we begin our pre-season camp for next season, he will improve more. And next season we will see an even better and improved Tolgay. He has already impressed a lot this season and next season I’m certain he will impress even more.”  Bilic was quoted as saying.


“At the moment he is only playing at 40% of his potential” 

Galatasaray former chief scout Mahmut Alpaslan also believes the best of Tolgay is yet to come, speaking to Milliyet during the break, Mahmut Alpaslan mentioned Besiktas have signed a real gem of a player: “In Turkey, people are starting to see Tolgay now for the first time,  I have been scouting Tolgay since he was a youngster. He is doing wonders at the moment for Besiktas. But believe me, I know Tolgay well, he is only playing at 40% of his full potential. Next season Tolgay will be one of the most talked about footballers in Turkey. Besiktas are doing a very good job at the moment, and if I could offer them any advice it would be to continue scouting players in Germany and Scandinavian countries. The players Besiktas were to sign from there will keep the club right at the top, Besiktas is on the right path.” Alpaslan was quoted as saying.

Tolgay Arslan this season has played 17 games for Besiktas , 11 matches in the league and 3 each in the Europa League and Turkish Ziraat Cup. The 24 year old in these 17 appearances has managed to find the back of the net twice, not forgetting his wonderful goal against Liverpool which helped Besiktas reach the last 16 of the Europa League.