Tuncay Sanli is proving to be a godsend for Gareth Southgate. The former Fenerbahce fan favourite scored a goal last week against Reading that resulted in a face saving draw. Today he scored the match winning goal against Arsenal in a win that gave Boro a much needed three points and Southgate a bit more breathing room in his managerial career. Tuncay’s goal ended Arsenal’s unbeaten run.
Tuncay has been on Wenger’s radar ever since he lit up the Turkey- France Confederation Cup match in 2003 in which he called the Fenerbahce player “an upcoming football star” and there were transfer rumours this summer linking him to Arsenal.
He is well known to Man U fans too. In 2004, Tuncay Sanli became the first ever Turkish player to score a hat-trick in the Champions League, in a group game against Manchester United.
Tuncay won three league titles with Fenerbahce scoring 59 goals in 154 matches. He occupies a special place in the hearts of the Fenerbahce fans with his impressive work rate, dribbling abilities, versatility up front, and his never say die spirit. He is called “Cesur Yürek” (Brave Heart) and “Fenerbahçe’nin Yureği” (The Heart of Fenerbahçe.). Many fans were sad to see him leave for Boro.
He came to Boro on a Bosman transfer this summer as big body Mark Viduka headed for Newcastle and Yakubu to Everton. Boro’s relief came in the form of Mido but the ex-Spurs striker has been injured opening up starting opportunities for Tuncay and the way he has responded he is well on his way to becoming a fan favourite with the Riverside faithful too. Tuncay says he is committed to bringing Boro back to UEFA competition.
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Tuncay Sanli’s official fan site >> The English version has not updated since July 2007.
Tuncay Sanli You Tube clip >> This video generated almost a million hits.