West Bromwich Albion drew 0-0 with Burnley on Saturday despite playing for an hour with only 10 men and Okay Yokuslu was one of the players who impressed. The 26-year-old has made an instant impact since joining on loan from Celta Vigo three weeks ago and was hailed by team-mate Kyle Bartley after his weekend performance.
In comments shared via the Baggies’ official website, the defender said about his Turkish team-mate:
He’s been brilliant. He seems to have settled in really quickly which is always important for a player at a new club. You can see already that he’s a really good player.
I thought he was great against Manchester United on his full debut and then he backed that up with another impressive performance on Saturday against Burnley.
He’s tenacious. He’s good on the ball. He’s calm and composed. I think he’s made a big difference in there. I hope he can continue the form he has shown in the last two games from now until the end of the season.
Yokuslu has made three appearances for Albion and has only been on the losing team once (Transfermarkt). Against Burnley, he had 44 touches, made two interceptions, won three aerial duels, created one chance, won one tackle, had two successful dribbles and won four free-kicks (WhoScored).
The 26-year-old has provided the steel in midfield alongside Conor Gallagher and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, resulting in Romaine Sawyers and Jake Livermore losing their places under Sam Allardyce.
Albion don’t have the option to sign Yokuslu permanently from Celta, but they might want to try when the season comes to a close. The Turkey international is everything West Brom have needed in a ball-winner, but it remains to be seen if his efforts are enough to keep them in the Premier League.
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The Baggies will be hoping he can impress against Brighton on Saturday – he certainly seems to have adapted well to life at The Hawthorns so far.