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“World-class on one-on-one”: Ten Hag’s brilliant backup star could be given a chance vs Newcastle

Altay Bayindir has recently joined Manchester United’s ever-changing roster of goalkeepers, making history as the first Turkish player to sign for the club.

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However, the question of whether he’s prepared to take on the role of Manchester United’s goalkeeper if called upon remains a subject of debate.

There was some surprise when manager Erik ten Hag chose not to field Bayindir against Crystal Palace in the Carabao Cup in late September.

However, Ten Hag defended his decision, stating that the 25-year-old is making good progress in training and the coaching staff are satisfied with his development.

He further explained that his choice was influenced by Andre Onana’s need to adapt to English football standards, as reported by The Mirror.

As a result, Manchester United fans have yet to witness their new goalkeeper in action. The Athletic has provided some much-needed background information on Altay Bayindir.

Bayindir is described as a well-rounded goalkeeper who, despite having room for growth, has experienced some of the most intense football matches on the planet.

He is lauded for his world-class one-on-one abilities and exceptional reflexes.

Moreover, Bayindir is known for his willingness to rush off his line to thwart counter-attacks, which can be attributed to his time as Fenerbache’s number one, a team accustomed to dominating possession in the Turkish Super Lig.

However, there are certain drawbacks to Bayindir’s game. His passing abilities are considered weak, particularly his attempts to play chipped-through balls to the full-backs to beat the pressing opposition.

This aspect raises questions about Ten Hag’s decision to sign him, especially considering that Andre Onana was acquired for over £47 million to enhance Manchester United’s ability to build from the back.

Furthermore, Bayindir’s decision-making when dealing with crosses has faced substantial criticism. In summary, Manchester United has acquired a goalkeeper with strong reflexes but challenges in terms of ball distribution and aerial presence.

This choice may remind some fans of the club’s previous experiences with a certain David De Gea.

Bayindir’s style presents an intriguing backup option for Andre Onana, but in reality, he might have to step in.

The Cameroonian goalkeeper has not yet decided whether he will participate in the AFCON with his national team in January.

If he chooses to do so, the Turkish shot-stopper will be thrust into the intensity of post-Christmas Premier League football.

The Athletic concludes the article with a more optimistic note, suggesting that Bayindir is an exciting acquisition that could develop into something great with the right guidance and support.

Let’s hope that this prediction comes true for the benefit of both Manchester United and Turkey.

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