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There has been a summer of austerity in Turkey with free-spending club presidents being held accountable for clubs’ debt and this has given young, homegrown players a chance

After the feast, the famine. This has been a summer of austerity in Turkey. A combination of the weakening Turkish Lira, Financial Fair Play regulations and new policies introduced by the Turkish Football Federation to hold free-spending club presidents accountable for the clubs’ debt has had a dramatic effect. Just £22.8m has been spent over the transfer window. In contrast, Galatasaray alone ran up a £38.5m bill last summer.

Free transfers and loan deals are on the menu. Clubs are being forced to make use of, or establish, scouting networks instead of relying on agents offering them players for inflated prices. And perhaps the most exciting side effect of this newfound frugality is a growing appetite for young, homegrown players.

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