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Stoke must fight to keep Emre Tezgel, while Chelsea, Manchester United and City follow the striker

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Stoke battles 16-year-old starlet Emre Tezgel with Chelsea, Manchester United and City comparing the striker to Harry Kane

  • Emre Tezgel has scored seven goals in four appearances for Stoke’s Under-18s
  • The 16-year-old scored a hat-trick against Liverpool and is on the radar of top clubs
  • Chelsea, Manchester United and Man City are all interested in the attacker
  • He was named Player of the Tournament for England Under-17s in Syrenka Cup











Stoke faces a battle to retain teenage striker Emre Tezgel amid mounting interest led by three of the Premier League’s biggest clubs.

Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are among the sides following the prolific Tezgel, described by Stoke’s academy director Gareth Owen as ‘a Harry Kane-type attacker’.

Ezgel only turned 16 last month but was a fixture for Stoke’s under-18s last season, training with their under-23s over the summer.

Chelsea, Man City and Man United are among the sides representing Stoke City’s Emre Tezgel . to follow

Tezgel has been compared to England captain Harry Kane (above) in terms of his style of play

Tezgel has been compared to England captain Harry Kane (above) in terms of his style of play

He has scored seven goals in just four games at under-18s this season, including a hat-trick against Liverpool.

Tezgel is currently part of the England Under-17 line-up and gave another glimpse of his potential during the September international break.

He scored four goals in three games and helped Tom Curtis’ squad to the Syrenka Cup final in Poland, which they lost 3-2 to the Netherlands.

Tezgel followed in the footsteps of players like Jude Bellingham by being named Player of the Tournament. Captain Bellingham earned that honor after the 2019 tournament, which England won on penalties against host country Poland.

Tezgel recently followed in the youth international footsteps of England's Jude Bellingham

Tezgel recently followed in the youth international footsteps of England’s Jude Bellingham

Tezgel is now a sought after youngster with top flight trio Chelsea, City and United among his admirers.

Stoke Academy boss Owen said of Tezgel and his qualities: “He is a Harry Kane-type centre-forward. There is some rumbling there, but his movement is good, he can hold the ball and he is decent in the air.

“However, his most important quality is his finishing and that is what good strikers have.

“He plays like a seasoned pro, pulling away at an angle, giving the central defender little pushes and making space. It’s great to have that knowledge base already at his age.’

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