West Brom midfielder Okay Yoskulu was bitterly disappointed with the draw against Burnley but he was superb once again.
The Turk has proved an inspired signing since joining on deadline day.
He faced a difficult challenge once we went down to ten men but he protected the defence with superb efficiency.
That prevented Burnley from creating any real openings and Albion were the only team that looked like winning.
Yokusulu has now managed 1.3 tackles and 1.3 interceptions per game (WhoScored) and fans are starting to love the 26-year-old.
You are just what we have been missing all season. We'll done!
— Carl jones (@Carljon02640033) February 21, 2021
You are something we've been missing since Yacob. Chin up mate. We appreciate you coming to help us and can't wait to show you how much when we finally get back into the Hawthorns. You da man.👍
— Neil Hoare (@hoare_neil) February 21, 2021
Comparisons to Claudio Yacob show just how effective Yokuslu has been, and he seems to have won over supporters despite making only three appearances.
Yacob arguably played his best stuff alongside Youssouf Mulumbu during Steve Clarke’s tenure.
The Scot found the right balance between attack and defence when he led us to an eighth-placed finish in 2012/13, and we think Yokuslu would have flourished under him too.
That is because he has the ability to control the tempo of a match.
He marshalled the midfield against Burnley and allowed Ainsley Maitland-Niles to venture forward – one of his runs almost led Matheus Pereira to score too.
Yokuslu arrived having not played a great deal of football but has adapted seamlessly to the Premier League.
And he could absolutely dominate the Championship as he is not too bad going forward.
The midfielder only lost possession 11 times, too, the third-best output of any Albion player, per SofaScore.
There is no doubt that his defensive quality is the reason why he was brought in, however.
He is also very committed to the cause and it is good to see his reaction to a disappointing result, regardless of how well we played.
We need players with a drive to win and do well and in fact have missed that for much of the season.
It is a shame Yokuslu was not on Slaven Bilic’s radar in the summer, as we may have more than 14 points from 25 games if he had joined earlier.
Now that we know what he is capable of we really must do everything we can to sign him.
He was out of favour at Celta Vigo and if we make him a strong offer there is a chance he could stay.
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