This week our youth scout, Alex Anderson, runs the rule over Liverpool’s Samed Yesil.
Name: Samed Yesil
Yesil joined Liverpool this summer from Bayer Leverkusen where he spent all his youth years and he has already been included in the squad for a Europa League game since his arrival at Anfield.
He is yet to appear for the Reds at senior level but he did make one appearance for Bayer Leverkusen coming on as a substitute in the 80th minute against Hertha Berlin when he was just 17.
The striker, who plays as a traditional centre forward, is highly regarded and his goal scoring records at almost every level have been nothing short of spectacular.
Yesil scored his first goal at under 17 level for Leverkusen when he was just 14 and scored 58 goals in 80 appearances at all levels for the club.
For Germany under 19′s Yesil has scored 3 goals in 3 games and at under 17 level he scored 20 goals in 21 appearances. Frightening statistics.
With Brendan Rodgers appearing to be giving talented youngsters, such as Raheem Sterling, the chance to shine it may not be long before Yesil can make his mark on the first team as well.
Also, due to the fact Liverpool let Andy Carroll go out on loan without signing a replacement Yesil could see his chance come sooner rather than later.
Apart from Luis Suarez and Fabio Borini there are no recognised senior strikers in the squad which means if injuries occur Yesil or another youngster may get the chance to step up.
Yesil is clearly not a superstar yet but with the potential he has and with Brendan Rodgers’ methods I wouldn’t be surprised to see him feature this season.
If he does feature and finds the goal scoring form that he has done at every other level then Liverpool’s problem area could have a solution.
And as they signed Yesil for just £1 million, it could be a very cheap solution at that.