Past & Present – Turkish Stars in the Premier League

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Since being formed in 1992 to take advantage of lucrative television rights, both domestically in the United Kingdom and internationally, the English Premier League has continued to grow in popularity, gaining a phenomenal following amongst football fans around the globe.

The Premier League is also hugely appealing to professional players hailing from practically all corners of the globe. To date, players from 110 different FIFA-affiliated nations have featured for a variety of English clubs during the last 27 years, making the competition one of the most internationally flavoured leagues in world football.

A number of notable Turkish players have also featured in the Premier League. Up to and including the current 2019-20 season, a total of 16 Turkey international players have represented English clubs since 1992, although that hasn’t been without mixed fortunes and varying levels of success for each of them.

Current Turkish Premier League Stars

At present there are just two current Turkish internationals signed to Premier League clubs, with both having arrived at their respective sides in 2018.

Cenk Tosun made the switch to Everton during the January 2018 transfer window for around £27 million. However, finding the back of the net regularly has been difficult with the Merseyside club, scoring 5 in 14 appearances during the 2017-18 campaign and just 3 in 25 appearances last season. This season he has been limited to rare appearances from the bench.

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