Enes Ünal

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Enes Ünal
Real Valladolid-Valencia CF, 2019-05-18 (64) (cropped).jpg
Ünal with Valladolid in 2019
Personal information
Full name Enes Ünal
Date of birth (1997-05-10) 10 May 1997 (age 22)
Place of birth Osmangazi, Bursa, Turkey
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Valladolid
(on loan from Villarreal)
Number 9
Youth career
2006–2013 Bursaspor
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 Bursaspor 35 (4)
2015–2017 Manchester City 0 (0)
2015–2016Genk (loan) 12 (1)
2016NAC Breda (loan) 11 (9)
2016–2017FC Twente (loan) 32 (18)
2017– Villarreal 23 (5)
2017Levante (loan) 7 (1)
2018–Valladolid (loan) 33 (6)
National team
2012–2013 Turkey U16 24 (25)
2012–2014 Turkey U17 12 (9)
2014 Turkey U19 6 (6)
2013– Turkey U21 13 (3)
2015– Turkey 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 06:40, 23 May 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:30, 2 June 2019 (UTC)

Enes Ünal (born 10 May 1997) is a Turkish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Spanish club Real Valladolid on loan from Villarreal. 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]

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]

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] He made his debut in the season opener, a 1–0 loss to Levante on 21 August.[11] His first goal came on 10 September in a 3–1 win over Real Betis.[12]

On 30 October 2017, Ünal joined Levante on an emergency loan deal until June 2018, with the option of a call back in January.[13] He scored on his debut against Girona, on 5 November 2017, though the match ended in a 2–1 loss.[14]

On 26 December 2017, Villarreal exercised the call back option and Ünal rejoined the club three days later.[15] The following 19 August, he joined newly-promoted side Real Valladolid on a one-year loan deal.[16]

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.[17]

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.[18][19][20] His second cap wouldn't come for over a year, appearing as a substitute in a friendly against Russia on 31 August 2016.[21]

On 30 September 2016, Ünal was called up for 2018 World Cup qualification matches against Ukraine and Iceland.[22] He made his first start and competitive debut for Turkey against Ukraine, on 6 October, in a 2–2 draw.[23]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 1 February 2019[24][25]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
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[26] Süper Lig 16 3 5 3 2 0 23 6
2014–15[27] 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[28] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Genk (loan) 2015–16[28] 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 8
Total 2015–16 23 9 2 1 0 0 3 0 28 10
FC Twente (loan) 2016–17[29] Eredivisie 32 18 1 1 33 19
Villarreal 2017–18[30] La Liga 23 5 3 0 5 0 31 5
Levante (loan) 2017–18[30] La Liga 7 1 0 0 7 1
Real Valladolid (loan) 2018–19 La Liga 19 3 1 0 20 3
Career total 139 40 22 5 9 0 3 0 173 45
Notes
  1. ^ Includes Turkish Cup, Belgian Cup, KNVB Cup
  2. ^ Includes promotion playoffs

International[edit]

As of 17 September 2017[31]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
Turkey
Year Apps Goals
2015 1 0
2016 2 0
2017 3 0
Total 6 0

Personal life[edit]

Ünal's father, Mesut Ünal, was also a professional footballer who also played for Bursaspor and was a youth international for Turkey.[32]

Ünal's family became Manchester City fans after Sergio Aguero's 94th minute Premier League title winner in 2012.[33]

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 17 March 2017.
  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. ^ "Enes Ünal lost to Villarreal in his first game at La Liga!". Fanatik (in Turkish). 22 August 2017. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  12. ^ Sarigul, Eren (11 September 2017). "Turks Abroad: Arsenal star returns to form, Enes Unal scores first goal since leaving Man City". Turkish-Football. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  13. ^ "El Levante llega a un acuerdo con el Villarreal para la cesión de Enes Ünal". Marca. 30 October 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  14. ^ "El Girona mantiene su racha ante el Levante". El País. 5 November 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  15. ^ "Enes Unal returns to Villarreal after just two months". Marca. 26 December 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  16. ^ "Enes Unal, más madera para el ataque" [Enes Unal, more power to the attack] (in Spanish). Real Valladolid. 19 August 2018. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  17. ^ "Turkey ease to four-goal Malta victory". UEFA (in Turkish). 5 September 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  18. ^ "Lüksemburg 1 – 2 Türkiye". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 1 April 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  19. ^ "Lüksemburg Türkiye maç sonucu: 1–2". Milliyet (in Turkish). 31 March 2015.
  20. ^ Benson, Ryan (31 March 2015). "Luxembourg 1–2 Turkey: Calhanoglu stakes claim with late winner". Goal.com. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  21. ^ "TURKEY 0–0 RUSSIA". Turkish Football Federation. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  22. ^ "Turkish A National Team Squad Announced for Ukraine and Iceland Matches". tff.org. 30 September 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  23. ^ "TURKEY 2–2 UKRAINE". tff.org. 7 October 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  24. ^ "Enes Ünal » Club matches". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  25. ^ "E. Ünal". Soccerway. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  26. ^ "Games played by Enes Ünal in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  27. ^ "Games played by Enes Ünal in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  28. ^ a b "Games played by Enes Ünal in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  29. ^ "Games played by Enes Ünal in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  30. ^ a b "Games played by Enes Ünal in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  31. ^ "Ünal, Enes". National Football Teams. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  32. ^ "Bursaspor wonder kid Enes Ünal sets Turkey's youngest goal scoring record". Hürriyet Daily News.
  33. ^ 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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