20-year-old Salih Ucan just finalized his deal to leave Fenerbahce and join Serie A runners-up AS Roma for the next two seasons on loan. If he does well, there is an option for the team to sign him permanently for €11 million.
Ucan is a holding midfielder who can control the pace of a game. His vision allows him to seek out teammates all around him. He enjoys short passes to keep matters simple, but he is also capable of lifting the ball up in order to open up space. The Turkish international is nowhere near the fastest athlete out there, but he will keep jogging up and down the field throughout the 90 minutes to help any teammate. He is considered a player who will grow with each season.
During his first season at Roma, he may not get too many minutes as he is entering an entirely different and difficult league. His work ethic will need to improve as his performance generally starts to diminish after the 60th minute. He will run all game, but his form on the ball drops as his passing and extra step begin to disappear. Ucan will likely jump in off the bench to get accustomed to his new surroundings.
Succeeding in the Serie A will be quite difficult for Ucan, who is still not as nearly experienced as he should be. Playing alongside Francesco Totti will teach him a lot when it comes to offense, which is an area where Ucan is okay at best. Totti can teach him how to be graceful on the ball and take worthy shots on frame, and how to lead buildups and counterattacks. The youngster’s performance will immediately grow under his guidance.
Ucan is a player who has a lot of potential. The fact that Roma signed him this early on in his career means that they see something huge for his future. This has to be considered a dream for a player who could have easily continued in Turkey for the next three years before even considering a move abroad.
If the kid plays his cards correctly, he will find tremendous success within the next three years, and go on to become a vital part for both his club and country.