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Daniel Levy's imaginary shortlist: Gökhan Töre

Yes, another winger. I promise this is the last one (but probably not).



The Basics

Name: Gökhan Töre

Age: 20

Team: Rubin Kazan

League: SOGAZ Football Championship (Russia)

Primary position: Wide attacking midfielder

Can also play: Central attacking midfielder

He has received limited playing time as a central attacking midfielder, but in his time there, he has appeared to be a good creative presence behind the striker rather than a goalscoring number 10.



The Specifics

Gökhan Töre is yet another player in the Hulk mould to be starring in Russia, in a similar manner to Balázs Dzsudzsák. Töre is similar to Dzsudzsák in many ways, being a left footed right winger who is happy to cut in and shoot with his favoured foot. However, Töre has an advantage over his Hungarian counterpart in one major way; he is happy to play centrally rather than just wide, and is actually quite competent at it, being a clever and creative player on the ball. Notably, Töre also finished last season as Europe's best dribbler, based on dribbles per game.


Töre spent 3 years in Chelsea's youth teams but never made a competitive appearance for the team, before transferring to Hamburger SV in Germany in the summer of 2011. Töre starred in his first season in Germany, however injuries cut his season short and he struggled for fitness as the year went on. All in all, Töre impressed enough in his 23 league appearances to allow a £4 million move to Rubin in the summer.

Töre, like Dzsudzsák, has struggled to adapt his game to the tough Russian league and has only managed to make 4 league appearances for Rubin, failing to score or make an assist. The talent is still obvious for all to see whenever he plays, but he often appears nervous, unconfident and is bossed off the ball fairly easily due to his small stature. Despite his shortcomings at Rubin, Töre has broken into a solid Turkish national team and made 10 appearances for the side after his debut in August 2011.



The Verdict

Likely price: Transfermarkt lowballs his value at £5.3 million. A more correct value would be about £10 million.

Probability that valuation is wrong: Low. Whilst Töre is a player with unbelievable potential, his struggles in cracking the Rubin first team could lead them to accept a bid in the region of £10 million.

Team's willingness to sell: Töre is far from being a key player for Rubin, and whilst he is certainly a prospect for the future, a decent profit on the Turk would be a good incentive for them to sell.

Fit at Tottenham Hotspur: Töre would provide a good backup all across the 3 in a 4-2-3-1, bringing energy off the bench. He seems to be a far better prospect than Andros Townsend, but his transfer would almost certainly spell the end of the Englishman's time at Spurs. To be honest however, signing Töre would probably prove to be redundant.

Possibility he ends up at Spurs: Low. Having only recently transferred to Rubin, Töre has shown no indication of wanting to leave Russia. However, keep an eye on him over the next 2 or 3 transfer windows as he becomes a stronger player and looks to move to a higher rated league.

Grade if this transfer goes through at likely price: C+

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