West Brom loanee Okay Yokuslu has impressed former Baggie Nigel Quashie, who praised the impact the midfielder has made so far.
Yokuslu has played just three games for Albion but has already earned a number of plaudits, including from his teammate Kyle Bartley.
He helped Albion to a clean sheet on Saturday despite Semi Ajayi being sent off early on, making one tackle and two interceptions, per WhoScored.
Quashie said: “Sets the tone. Aggressive and on the front foot from start to finish!”
Sets the tone. Aggressive and on the front foot from start to finish! 👏🏽 #WBA
— Nigel Quashie (@NigelQuashie1) February 23, 2021
Quashie’s comments came in reaction to Bartley praising the speed with which Yokuslu has adapted to his new surroundings.
Yokuslu deserves a lot of credit for that, as he has never played in England before and had started just three times this season prior to his move.
The fitness and intensity he has displayed so far makes that fact quite remarkable.
We have two draws from Yokusulu’s two starts so far, and his teammates are clearly benefitting from his involvement.
Bartley touched on the calm he brings, adding that he is effective both on and off the ball.
He is a reliable figure, therefore, and someone his teammates can look to when in a difficult situation.
Quashie is right to suggest he leads by example, as he won back the ball and got us up the pitch throughout the Burnley match.
The Turk will need to do the same against Brighton on Sunday.
They dominated their match against Crystal Palace on Monday with 75% possession and 25 shots.
Breaking up their play has to be our main focus and that puts a lot of responsibility on the shoulders of Yokuslu.
We think he is capable of protecting the back four, and with an improvement in finishing we could win at the weekend.
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