Report: Tottenham will ‘closely follow’ 20-year-old defender’s next match

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Tottenham are keeping tabs on Besiktas defender Ridvan Yilmaz and plan on tracking his next outing for the club against Kasimpasa on Monday, according to TRT Spor. 

Yilmaz, 20, has enjoyed a breakthrough into the Besiktas first-team over the last two seasons after making his senior debut in April 2019. 

Having spent his entire youth career progressing through the club’s academy, he has made 30 appearances for the Turkish side this term, notching three goals and four assists from left-back (Transfermarkt). 

And TRT Spor reports that Yilmaz’s performances across the campaign have attracted attention from abroad, with Spurs intending on tracking his display when Besiktas host Kasimpasa this match-week. 

However, the report notes that Antonio Conte’s side will not be alone in monitoring Yilmaz, with Serie A outfit Atalanta also expected to have scouts in attendance at Vodafone Park. 

The young defender, capped six times by the Turkish national team, is currently contracted with Besiktas for one more year after the conclusion of the current campaign. 

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The interesting thing about this rumour is that Yilmaz has been deployed as both an out-and-out left-back but also a winger too. 

He seems productive when pushed further up the pitch and that could see him fit very nicely into a set-up under Conte, and Spurs have a bit of a worry when it comes to their wide players right now. 

He is also at a very young age too so he will have space to develop even further, so a move could be tried down the line if the scouts are impressed with him. 

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