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Walsall should look to this former Premier League prodigy should they lose Oztumer this summer



Walsall experienced a distinctly average campaign last time out, recording a mid-table finish in a largely uninspiring season.

The West Midlands side limped through the entirety of the year, and often found themselves struggling to break down opponents and turn draws into wins.

51 goals in 46 league games is not the most prolific return, and the side relied heavily on a couple of players to find the net on a consistent basis.

Second top scorer Simeon Jackson could only find the net 7 times, leaving much of the goalscoring burden to fall upon impressive attacking midfielder, Erhun Oztumer.

The tiny 5”3 forward had a monumental campaign, recording 15 goals from his midfield role.

The performances of 26-year-old Oztumer will not have gone unnoticed, and clubs in the Championship and the upper echelons of League One are sure to be considering moves for the Londoner.

If Oztumer does depart, then manager Jon Whitney will have a hard job trying to fill the void left by the player, but one man he could turn to is set to be available on a free transfer this summer.

Slovenian midfielder Haris Vuckic moved to Newcastle in 2009 as a fresh faced 16 year old hoping to make his name in the English game.

Fans of Football Manager will recognise the name, as the player was an astute loan addition for any lower league side over the last few years.

In 8 years on Tyneside, Vuckic made only 7 appearances, and was shipped out on loan on no less than five occasions.

Vuckic showcased his talents during a short spell in Scotland with Rangers, registering 8 goals in only 15 first team outings.

Now a free agent having been released by Newcastle, the player has a lot to offer, and settling into a new home at Walsall would be an excellent opportunity for the 24 year old to prove that he has what it takes to succeed in English football.

The youngster has time on his side, and will undoubtedly establish himself if a permanent home in the West Midlands were to materialise.

Vuckic would have to step up if he is to eclipse the marker set by Oztumer, but he has the ability to do so.

If Whitney can convince the player his future lies at the Bescot Stadium, then Walsall fans’ fears will be lessened should their beloved Oztumer depart the club this summer.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: Walsall should look to this former Premier League prodigy should they lose Oztumer this summer

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