Enes Ünal

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Enes Ünal
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Personal information
Full name Enes Ünal
Date of birth (1997-05-10) 10 May 1997 (age 20)
Place of birth Osmangazi, Bursa, Turkey
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Villarreal
Number 10
Youth career
2006–2013 Bursaspor
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 Bursaspor 35 (4)
2015–2017 Manchester City 0 (0)
2015–2016 Genk (loan) 12 (1)
2016 NAC Breda (loan) 11 (8)
2016–2017 FC Twente (loan) 32 (18)
2017– Villarreal 0 (0)
National team
2012–2013 Turkey U16 24 (25)
2012–2014 Turkey U17 12 (9)
2014– Turkey U19 4 (6)
2013– Turkey U21 13 (3)
2015– Turkey 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:19, 14 May 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 01:18, 10 June 2017 (UTC)

Enes Ünal (born 10 May 1997) is a Turkish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Villarreal CF. He scored on his Süper Lig debut on 25 August 2013 for Bursaspor against Galatasaray, making him the youngest player to net in Turkey's top division. An international at several youth levels, he earned his first senior cap on 31 March 2015 in a friendly against Luxembourg.

Club career[edit]

Bursaspor[edit]

Ünal was born in Osmangazi in Bursa, and was promoted from the Bursaspor youth team. He made his professional debut against FK Vojvodina in the first leg of third qualifying round of 2013–14 UEFA Europa League on 1 August 2013, replacing Sebastián Pinto for the last five minutes of a 2–2 draw at Karađorđe.[1]

On 25 August 2013, Ünal came off the bench for Ferhat Kiraz in the 71st minute to make his debut against Galatasaray, and scored his first league goal three minutes later with the assist by Pablo Batalla. This goal made him the youngest player to score in the Süper Lig. On 21 October, he scored his second league goal against Kayserispor with the assist by Şener Özbayraklı. On 19 December 2013, he came off the bench for Musa Çağıran in the 80th minute in the Turkish Cup game against İnegölspor, and scored Bursaspor's second goal via a free kick two minutes later, netting the third in the 86th minute. On 12 February 2014, he scored the third goal for Bursaspor against Akhisar Belediyespor in the cup group stages. They finished first in the group stage with 13 points and advanced to the semi-finals to face Galatasaray.

Manchester City[edit]

2015–16[edit]

On 7 July 2015, English Premier League club Manchester City announced Ünal's signing for a reported fee of £2 million, their first purchase of the summer.[2] He made his debut against Adelaide United on a tour of Australia, in a 2–0 win.[3]

On 31 July 2015, Manchester City announced that Ünal would be going out on loan to Belgian Pro League side Genk for two seasons.[4] On 29 January 2016, his agreement was cancelled, and he returned to Manchester City.

On 1 February 2016, Ünal was loaned to Dutch club NAC Breda until end of the season; eighteen days later he scored on his debut against Fortuna Sittard.[5] He scored his first career hat-trick on 11 April 2016 in a game against SC Telstar.[6]

2016–17[edit]

On 23 July 2016, Ünal was loaned to Dutch club FC Twente for the 2016–17 season.[7] On 21 August, he made his first start, scoring his second career hat-trick.[8] He scored two more goals in his next game for the club, a 4–1 win over ADO Den Haag.[9]

Villarreal[edit]

On 30 May 2017, Ünal joined la Liga side Villarreal for £12 million with a buy back option for Manchester City.[10]

International career[edit]

After scoring 25 goals in 24 games for the Turkey U16 side,[2] he was quickly promoted to the U17s, and after scoring his first professional goal in 2013 was invited to join the Turkey U21 side, despite being just 16 years old. He scored his first U21 goal in 4–0 win against Malta.[11]

Ünal earned his first international cap at senior level on 31 March 2015, replacing Olcay Şahan in the 57th minute of at a 2–1 friendly victory against Luxembourg at the Stade Josy Barthel.[12][13][14] His second cap wouldn't come for over a year, appearing as a substitute in a friendly against Russia on 31 August 2016.[15]

On 30 September 2016, Ünal was called up for 2018 World Cup qualification matches against Ukraine and Iceland.[16] He made his first start and competitive debut for Turkey against Ukraine, on 6 October, in a 2–2 draw.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 14 May 2017[18]
Club Season League Cup[note 1] Continental Other[note 2] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bursaspor 2013–14[19] Süper Lig 16 3 5 3 2 0 23 6
2014–15[20] Süper Lig 19 1 10 0 2 0 31 1
Total 35 4 15 3 4 0 0 0 54 7
Manchester City 2015–16[21] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Genk (loan) 2015–16[21] Belgian Pro League 12 1 2 1 0 0 14 2
NAC Breda (loan) 2015-16 Eerste Divisie 11 8 0 0 3 0 14 9
Total 2015-16 23 10 2 1 0 0 3 0 28 11
FC Twente (loan) 2016-17[22] Eredivisie 32 18 1 1 33 19
Career Totals 90 31 18 5 4 0 3 0 115 37
Notes
  1. ^ Includes Turkish Cup, Belgian Cup, KNVB Cup
  2. ^ Includes promotion playoffs

International[edit]

As of 27 March 2017[23]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
Turkey
Year Apps Goals
2015 1 0
2016 2 0
2017 2 0
Total 5 0

Personal life[edit]

Ünal's family became Manchester City fans after Sergio Aguero's 94th minute Premier League title winner in 2012.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Voijvodina 2-2 Bursaspor" (in Turkish). UEFA. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Luckhurst, Samuel (6 July 2015). "Manchester City transfer news: Enes Unal signs for Blues". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Barker nets in comfortable win over Adelaide". Manchester City F.C. Retrieved 2017-03-17. 
  4. ^ "Manchester City striker Enes Unal joins Genk on loan". 31 July 2015. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "NAC Breda vs Fortuna Sittard match summary". espnfc.com. Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "THE GOALS OF THE WEEK: ENES ÜNAL, SERGE GNABRY, AND KHALID ABDO". Vice Sports. Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "Ünal joins FC Twente on loan". turkish-football.com. Retrieved 23 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "Man City youngster scores hat-trick on debut, becomes first Turkish player to score Eredivisie hat-trick". turkish-football.com. Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
  9. ^ "Enes Unal scores twice as FC Twente see of Den Haag". Sky Sports. Retrieved 18 September 2016. 
  10. ^ Sarigul, Emre (31 May 2017). "Villarreal land Enes Unal for £12m from Manchester City". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 June 2017. 
  11. ^ "Turkey ease to four-goal Malta victory". UEFA (in Turkish). 5 September 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "Lüksemburg 1 - 2 Türkiye". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 1 April 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  13. ^ "Lüksemburg Türkiye maç sonucu: 1-2". Milliyet (in Turkish). 31 March 2015. 
  14. ^ Benson, Ryan (31 March 2015). "Luxembourg 1-2 Turkey: Calhanoglu stakes claim with late winner". Goal.com. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  15. ^ "TURKEY 0-0 RUSSIA". Turkish Football Federation. Retrieved 14 September 2016. 
  16. ^ "Turkish A National Team Squad Announced for Ukraine and Iceland Matches". tff.org. 30 September 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  17. ^ "TURKEY 2-2 UKRAINE". tff.org. 7 October 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  18. ^ "E. Ünal". Soccerway. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  19. ^ "Enes Unal | Football Stats | Manchester City | Season 2013/2014 | Soccer Base". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 2015-09-23. 
  20. ^ "Enes Unal | Football Stats | Manchester City | Season 2014/2015 | Soccer Base". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 2015-09-23. 
  21. ^ a b "Enes Unal | Football Stats | Manchester City | Season 2015/2016 | Soccer Base". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 2015-09-23. 
  22. ^ "Enes Ünal | Football Stats | FC Twente | Season 2016/2017 | Soccerbase". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 22 September 2016. 
  23. ^ "Ünal, Enes". National Football Teams. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  24. ^ Luckhurst, Samuel (27 June 2015). "Manchester City transfers: Enes Unal's family are MCFC fans". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 

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