Cenk completes St. Pauli switch

Can the Turk turn on the style at the Millerntor?

Cenk completes St. Pauli switch
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On Tuesday morning, FC St. Pauli confirmed the arrival of Basaksehir FK's Enver Cenk.

The wide-man joins on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent move, as St. Pauli have inserted a buying option.

Sporting director, Thomas Meggle has admitted that in "every transfer window" they have tried to sign Cenk, and now it has "finally" happened.

Meggle also said, "I am very happy that we could finally make this transfer a reality."

Plenty of promise and potential

The 21-year-old has been with Basaksehir has entire career and made 82 appearances to date, scoring seven goals and assists a further 14.

Last season saw the winger rack up seven assists in 23 games, but failed to find the net himself.

Cenk has been a regular for Turkish youth teams, making a staggering 78 appearances from under-15 to under-21 level and scoring a total of 32 goals.

He will be hoping to work his way into the starting berth at the Millerntor, especially given St. Pauli's need for wide players.

St. Pauli will be hoping to see more of this come August. | Image credit: kicker - Imago
St. Pauli will be hoping to see more of this come August. | Image credit: kicker - Imago

Lienen and Cenk have their say

Ewald Lienen, talking to the club website, was delighted to add the Turk to the squad, "He is a quick and technically strong wide-man, who completely fits in with out needs."

The veteran coach added, "We are pleased, that we have added to our attack with another talented player."

Cenk then spoke glowingly about his relationship with the club during the discussions, praising various aspects of the Hamburg-based outfit.

He said, "I had the impression that St. Pauli were already working intensively to sign me. Thomas Meggle was in Istanbul to talk to me about the club, the goals and my role.

"They were good discussions and this positive impression was confirmed when I visited the Millerntor. Therefore, despite other offers, I decided on St. Pauli."

Cenk concluded, "I am very happy that I am able to prove myself at an ambitious club like St. Pauli and can continue to develop."