Stoke seem to be quite happy to leave one of their most creative and skilful players out of their first team. Tuncay Sanli has only appeared in this season’s Premier League twice so far, both as a substitute. The Turkish international was left out of the squad altogether in his side’s last game against Aston Villa. While Tuncay insists he is happy at Stoke, it looks likely that he will be forced to look elsewhere for action come the January transfer window.
Since signing for Stoke from Middlesbrough, those looking at the football betting odds regularly note how Tuncay has never found himself as a regular starter in Tony Pullis’s side. It is a mystery as to why his manager doesn’t make more of the talented Turk. Although Tuncay has never been the most prolific of strikers, he still brings a lot to his team in terms of supplying goals. Tuncay seem to be quite far down the pecking order of forwards at the club with Ricardo Fuller, Kenwyne Jones, Jon Walters and Eidur Gudjohnsen all currently ahead of the Turk.
If Pullis does make Tuncay available for transfer in January then there is sure to be a host of clubs interested in the 28 year old, who has been capped 74 times for his country. His record back in Turkey is pretty impressive, scoring 60 goals in his 155 appearances for Fenerbahce before moving to England. Clubs in Turkey would be keen to bring the forward back home.
Pundits looking at Premier league prices believe there would also be interest from Premiership teams who would be willing to take Tuncay on. Sam Allardyce is a known fan of Turkish Delight and will be monitoring the situation closely.