Ligue 1: who is Yusuf Yazici, the Turkish nugget of Lille, author of a hat-trick in Milan?

The call is launched. This season, it will be necessary to count on Losc. Unbeaten in the league after nine days, the Northerners are also on the European front. Thursday, they even wowed the whole Old Continent with a stunning success (0-3) at San Siro against AC Milan, seven-time winner of the Champions League. A success acquired on its own by Yusuf Yazici, the Losc midfielder, who thus offers himself a second treble after the one achieved two weeks previously against Sparta Prague (1-4). With six goals to her counter, the young nugget from Lille is already at the top of the ranking of scorers in the Europa League.

A somewhat paradoxical situation since this pure left-hander has so far never been established this season in Ligue 1 by his trainer Christophe Galtier. A coach who, however, is full of praise for him: “Yusuf has a different profile from all the other players,” he explains. And to continue: “He brings us something different in the game: his left foot, his strike, his clairvoyance. “

An idol in his old club

In two Europa League games, Yusuf Yazici is confirming the investment of Losc more than a year ago. In competition with clubs such as Manchester United or Real Sociedad, Lille had won the tassel thanks to a check for 16.5 million euros for a contract that runs until 2024. A tidy sum to bring him from Trabzonspor and a record that held until the arrival this summer of Canadian striker Jonathan David de la Gantoise for 27 million euros.

Aware of the hopes placed in him, the new northern phenomenon had then declared on his arrival in France. “I will do my best to justify it, just to give the club back the change of its coin.” He is on the way to keeping his word.

At 23, Yusuf Yazici had decided to leave his long-standing club for France. A true star in Trabzon, he could not take a step in this city in the northeast of Turkey without being recognized and warmly congratulated. The little prince has become quidam in the alleys of the capital of Hauts-de-France.

With his good humor, he quickly managed to acclimatize in his new club until cursed December 21, 2019. That day, the Losc is thrown by Monaco (5-1) and especially loses his young prodigy. Hit in the knee, Yusuf Yazici sees the verdict: rupture of the cruciate ligaments of the right knee. This is the player’s first big injury. The latter decides to go to Rome to be operated on by Dr. Pierpolo Mariani, the one who had treated the Lyon striker Memphis Depay. To allow him to get back to his best, the club accepted that he spent his convalescence in Turkey, in Antalya. It is there that he will live the confinement and the end of the championship because of the health crisis.

Passionate about tennis and Formula 1

Returning to France in mid-June, the Turkish international with 17 selections rejoins a workforce where he can count on two compatriots: Zeki Celik already at the club and the experienced (35 years) Burak Yilmaz, who arrived this summer from Besiktas. The three Lille have also been selected by the Turkish coach Senol Günes for the friendly match against Croatia (November 11) and the two League of Nations matches against Russia (November 15) and Hungary (November 18). November).

Thanks to their presence, this tennis and Formula 1 enthusiast really feels at home in the bosom of Lille. While he speaks French better and better, he also understands it and can interact with his teammates in the language of Shakespeare which he masters better and better.

It now remains to earn his stripes in Ligue 1 and to follow in the footsteps of Nicolas Pépé and Victor Oshimen, the last two Lille stars, respectively sold 80 million euros to Arsenal in 2019 and 81.3 million to Naples. in 2020. “Can he play the role of Victor Oshimen and Nicolas Pépé ?, asks Christophe Galtier. He likes to be decisive. It is important. If he repeats this kind of performance and remains at the service of the collective, the collective will give it back to him. “And to conclude:” We must not appropriate the Europa League to Yusuf because there is also the Championship. But I love to see her smile at parties like that… ”

His stats against AC Milan

The Turkish striker framed 4 shots this Thursday night at San Siro and scored 3 goals. He touched 46 balls, sent 23 passes, 65% of which were successful, and committed only one fault.

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