Galatasaray is a club that has recently been known to sign big-name players such as Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba to help bull doze their way through the Champions League and Super League. Little did anyone know that management had plans to bring over some rising stars from lesser leagues around Europe.
Why would this team want to bring in a younger guy from a league that cannot even measure up to the Turkish one?
Simple: this kid has a bright future.
Before we get to who he is, let us take a look at an up-and-coming winger who will shine for the Portuguese international senior side one day: Bruma. Galatasaray purchased his rights over the summer from Sporting Lisbon for a whopping €12 million after he impressed in the U-20 FIFA World Cup with goals and assists. However, at the club level, he still has to reach his full potential, but let us remember that he is still only 19.
The reason why Bruma needed to be mentioned is because the new kid on the block is 22 and is a Bosnian international. He scored the game-winner in Slovakia from distance in the 77th minute to make it 2-1. Who is he?
Izet Hajrovic — a 22-year-old winger who plies his trade in Switzerland for Grasshopper.
The youngster played at the youth level for Switzerland, but chose to pledge his international future to Bosnia where he has now scored one goal in four appearances. His name shone above the likes of Edin Dzeko and Miralem Pjanic – two men whose names are still on the rise after all this time on the international stage.
If and when Hajrovic joins Galatasaray, he is expected to make an immediate impact on the right or left flank. He has speed, strength, skill and confidence which are all needed when it comes to playing for the best Turkish club in history. He will fight for a spot in the starting 11 and look to impress in a formation that will suit his style: 4-4-2, 4-3-3, 4-2-3-1 or 3-5-2.
The Champions League Round of 16 is a series that he can participate in since he only played in the Europa League for Grasshopper. If he plays well in this competition as well as domestically, a starting spot is more than possible for Bosnia in their first ever World Cup this summer in Brazil.
Hajrovic to Galatasaray can be a move that goes down in history.