Full name: Hamza Yiğit Akman
Date of birth: 27/09/2004 (17 years old)
Place of birth: Istanbul (Turkey)
Youth career: Galatasaray
Current club: Galatasaray
Squad number: —
Current national team: Turkey U-18
Position: central midfielder, attacking midfielder, winger
Preferred foot: right
Market value (by transfermarkt.de): —
Tournaments participated in: —
Contract until: 30.06.2024
Player’s agent: unknown
Transfer rumours: —
Similar type of player: Mario Götze
– ball control
– frequency and quality of operating with his left weaker foot
– consistency of his decision-making in the final third
– he’s combative and not afraid of physical challenges with stronger opponents but still needs to work on his physicality
Style of play:
– advanced playmaker
– likes to be fielded in a free role as an attacking midfielder, where he is given space to roam the pitch
– creative at his off-the-ball movements, and likes to find the best space to receive the ball with good timings, linking up the team’s midfield and attack
– player that always tries to find a vertical option in his game, so he is very capable of pushing his team forward to finishing positions
– excellent pace, agility, and coordination
– likes to dribble
– able to rapidly speed-up the game by progressive runs and passes
– has the technique, ability, and confidence to execute killer passes and set up goalscoring opportunities for his teammates
– in addition to his superb range of passing and creativity in the final third, he’s also a spectacular dribbler able to make the difference with effective solo runs to beat the defensive line
– skillful, mobile, and energetic
– extremely difficult to knock off the ball thanks to his low centre of gravity and close control
– excellent footwork, ball control, and dribbling skills in tight spaces
– very strong in 1v1 situations, unpredictable, and confident of his skills
– able to produce powerful and dangerous runs up field on the counter attack
– avoids using his left weaker foot
– gets fouled often
– active and tenacious in the defensive phase, however his efficiency in defensive duels is very much improvable
Akman makes a good run through the middle and provides a superb assist for his teammate with a silky pass.
Akman spots the run of his teammate and stuns the defence with a brilliant no-look assist.
Heatmap by Wyscout:
He is best suited to playing as:
Attacking midfielder in 4-2-3-1.
Turkish U-19 Championship 2021/2022 winner with Galatasaray.
League summary (as for 12 June 2022):
No senior team appearances yet.
Hamza Akman comes from a very sporting family – his father is a former Galatasaray and Turkish national team player, his brother Efe is a star of Galatasaray U-16, and his cousin Ali plays for Eintracht Frankfurt. During the 2021/2022 season, Hamza was one of the leaders of Gala U-19 that won the Turkish Championship and showed a very nice generation of players including the likes of Beknaz Almazbekov, Zeki Saki, Emirhan Kayar, Taha Aydinli, Emir Tintis, Baran Aksaka, Umut Erdem, and Mehmet Aslanboga.
“I am aware of people’s expectations from me. I have improved myself and I think I am ready for the first-team.”
(Hamza Akman after winning the Turkish U-19 Championship with Galatasaray)
Football Talent Scout potential rating:
First team material in a top European club.