Sebastian Szymanski to Spurs?
Fenerbahce’s Polish creative midfielder has been in great form this season and has now been linked with a January transfer to Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham Hotspur.
The 2024 January transfer window is coming to a close, with the deadline for all business being Thursday, 1st February 2024, at precisely 11pm. So, as of the time of writing, Spurs, and other clubs in England have just over a week to complete any transfer deals they desire.
It is, however, worth noting that the January transfer window in Spain, Germany, France and Italy all close on the same day as England. Whilst Spain’s window also closes at 11pm, Germany’s closes at 5pm, Italy’s is concluded at 7pm, whilst the French window closes an hour earlier at 10pm. If Spurs and other clubs want to do business with clubs in these countries, they must keep this in mind.
As for Turkey, their transfer window closes after the British one – it closes on 9th February 2024. This is relevant to Spurs because they have been linked with a move for Fenerbahçe attacking midfielder Sebastian Szymanski in recent days, and if they want to get the deal done, they have 8 days to do so.
He is a versatile player, and he has been deployed as an attacking midfielder, a central midfielder, a right midfielder, a left midfielder, a right winger, and a left winger. Szymanski is predominantly played as an attacking midfielder, having played 144 games in that position so far. The rest are as follows: Central Midfield (40), Right Midfield (35), Left Midfield (20), Right Winger (9) and Left Winger (8).
According to FourFourTwo (via TeamTalk), the fee that the Turkish heavyweights will demand for their Polish star is rumoured to be in the region of £30 million. This would seem like a bargain, given his form in all competitions in the 2023/24 season to date.
In 33 games in all competitions, Szymanski has scored 12 goals with 14 assists to boot. He has 9 goals and 9 assists in the Turkish Super League alone this season, with him and his club currently finding themselves at the summit on goal difference ahead of fierce rivals Galatasaray.
The attacking midfielder’s efforts have also helped Fenerbahçe win their UEFA Europa Conference League Group, securing them a spot in the Round of 16. Fenerbahçe were also the only Turkish side to qualify for the group stages in this competition.
Szymanski’s goal scoring and creative exploits this season make it clear why Spurs are amongst the clubs interested in signing the Poland international.
Now, let’s start at the beginning of Sebastian Szymanski’s career, which began in youth football with Polish club TOP 54 Biala Podlaska in his hometown of Biala Podlaska at the age of 6 back in 2005. Then, after 8 years at the club, he decided to join Polish heavyweights Legia Warsaw in 2013, aged 14.
After only spending a couple of years in the you team, he was promoted to the club’s senior side in July 2016. In the preceding season, 2015/16, he made 19 appearances for Legia Warsaw’s Under 19s side, scoring 2 goals and getting 5 assists.
Szymanski’s senior debut for Legia Warsaw came in a 3 – 1 Ekstraklasa (Polish Top Flight) defeat against Arka Gdynia on 20th August 2016. He extended his contract in November of that year, and he would go on to score his first-ever senior goal in a 3 – 1 win against Zaglebie Lubin on 3rd March 2017.
He made 10 Ekstraklasa appearances in the 2016/17 campaign. He also got 2 goals and 3 assists in the league for the Under 19 side and 2 goals and 1 assist in 5 UEFA Youth League appearances that term.
It was in the 2017/18 campaign that he made more regular appearances for Legia in the league, playing 21 times whilst also scoring 4 times and providing 2 assists. He was an even more regular part of the first team in 2018/19, scoring 2 goals and getting 7 assists in 34 league appearances.
This was his last season at Legia Warsaw, joining Russia’s Dinamo Moscow for a reported fee in the region of €5.5 million (£4.7 million) on 31st May 2019, signing a five year deal with the club.
The 2021/22 season was his best during his time at the club, making 27 appearances in the Russian top flight, where he scored 6 goals whilst also getting 8 assists to boot. Szymanski’s efforts helped Dynamo Moscow to a 3rd place finish after accumulating 53 points from 30 matches.
Then, for the duration of the 2022/23 campaign, Sebastian Szymanski was sent out on a season long loan to Dutch heavyweights Feyenoord. The Polish attacking midfielder went on to have a productive spell at De club van het volk (The Club of the People), scoring 10 goals with 7 assists in all competitions to boot.
Szymanski helped Feyenoord to the Eredivisie title after accumulating 82 points from 34 top flight matches. His goal and 3 assists in the UEFA Europa League helped his club to the Quarter Finals, where they lost 4 – 2 at extra time against Italian heavyweights AS Roma over two legs.
It was on 12th July 2023, shortly before the start of the 2023/24 season, that Sebastian Szymanski signed for Fenerbahce for a reported fee of €9.75 million (£8.3 million), signing a four year deal with Sari Kanaryalar (The Yellow Canaries). As mentioned, he so far has 9 goals and 9 assists in the league, with his new club currently sitting top of the tree in the Turkish top flight at the time of writing.
Spurs’ next game will see them take on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Friday 26th January 2024 in a 20:00 Kick-Off. There is then a home Premier League game against Thomas Frank’s Brentford on Wednesday, 31st January, in a 19:30 Kick-Off.
Then, following an away match at Goodison Park against Sean Dyche’s Everton (Saturday 3rd February, 12:30 Kick-Off), Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham Hotspur will play a Brighton side led by their Italian Head Coach Robert De Zerbi at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday 10th February 2024 in a 15:00 Kick-Off.
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