Former Man Utd hero Jaap Stam rates Arsenal transfer target Orkun Kokcu

Orkun Kokcu has been heavily linked with a summer move to Arsenal
Orkun Kokcu has been heavily linked with a summer move to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Former Manchester United treble winner Jaap Stam is confident Feyenoord youngster and Arsenal transfer target Orkun Kokcu would thrive in the Premier League.

Arsenal scouts have been in regular attendance at De Kuip this season and have witnessed the 19-year-old enjoy a breakthrough campaign during which he has registered six assists from 31 appearances.

Stam played a significant role in Kocku’s development having managed the attacking midfielder earlier this season before he resigned and his sure the Turkey Under-21 international has a bright future ahead of him

‘He would need to adjust because the step to Arsenal and the Premier League is totally different when you compare it to Holland,’ Stam told Goal. ‘The pace of the game, the quality, the intensity is a lot higher.

‘But he has the ability. He is a player who has the personality to want to improve, he always wants to do better. He’s never happy with himself, he’s disappointed if he doesn’t score, or his passes aren’t good enough.

Jaap Stam resigned as Feyenoor manager earlier this season
Jaap Stam resigned as Feyenoor manager earlier this season (Picture: Getty)

‘When I joined Feyenoord, he hadn’t played a lot because everyone said he was too young. I put him in the first team and let him play most of the games, I trusted him and saw a lot of ability in him. Now he’s proving himself in Holland and is one of the best midfield players in the country.

‘He’s certainly got the ability to make that step to the Premier League.’

Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi sounded a warning earlier this week ahead of the transfer window, warning fans to limit their expectations. Mikel Arteta had been keen on strengthening his midfield and Stam highlighted Kocku’s versatility as one of his major attributes.

He added: ‘When we played with one holding midfielder, he was one of the two who played little bit higher up the pitch. But he can play as No.10 or he can play as a left midfield player. Sometimes he can drop in deep as well to get the ball forward to link up the play with strikers.

‘He has creativity, scoring ability, stamina and running ability. He keeps on going. I saw him as a very promising player.

‘The only thing he needs to work a little more on is the defensive part of his game.

‘Ideally it would be good for him to stay in Holland, to adjust even more to playing three games a week and to get used to the intensity. But also to become more steady as a player because he is very young.’

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BERN, SWITZERLAND – OCTOBER 24: coach Jaap Stam of Feyenoord during the UEFA Europa League match between BSC Young Boys v Feyenoord at the Stade de Suisse on October 24, 2019 in Bern Switzerland (Photo by Soccrates/Getty Images)

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