Date of birth: 20/02/2005 (17 years old)
Place of birth: Istanbul (Turkey)
Youth career: Besiktas
Current club: Besiktas
Squad number: —
Current national team: —
Position: defensive midfielder, central midfielder
Preferred foot: left
Market value (by transfermarkt.de): —
Tournaments participated in: —
Contract until: 30.06.2025
Player’s agent: unknown
Transfer rumours: —
Similar type of player: Ismaël Bennacer
– work rate
– player of a small frame who doesn’t feel comfortable in contact situations and aerial duels
– operating with his right weaker foot/tends to position his body towards the preferred foot, limiting his field of vision and making him more predictable
Style of play:
– deep-lying orchestrator
– knows how to dictate tempo and has the natural ability of an ‘orchestrator’ midfielder
– a very interesting mix of a deep-lying playmaker and ball-winning midfielder
– player with good technical ability, 1vs1 short-dribbling skills, close ball control, and fast direction shifts in possession
– very agile with good coordination and pace
– intelligent player with good movement who feels comfortable in combination play
– very good range of passing at all distances
– likes to spread play with good long-range diagonals
– high football IQ and spatial awareness
– difficult to knock off the ball thanks to his low centre of gravity, ability to shield the ball, and ball control
– constantly asking for the ball and often is an additional passing option thanks to his positional awareness and understanding of the game
– has a decent composure under pressure and maneuvers quite comfortably in limited spaces
– tireless runner with a good engine who covers a lot of space
– combative, tenacious, and positively aggressive in duels with a high percentage of challenges won
– energetic, hardworking, and determined in the defensive phase with good anticipation sense to provide key interceptions and tackles
– high number of touches and passes per game
– good indirect set-piece taker
Kençtemur stays calm under pressure, gets past two opponents, charges with the ball forward, and plays a good pass to the wing.
Kençtemur shows his tenacity and stops a dangerous attack with a good tackle.
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He is best suited to playing as:
Defensive midfielder in 4-3-3.
Turkish U-17 Championship 2021/2022 winner with Besiktas.
League summary (as for 21 September 2022):
No senior team appearances yet.
Berkay Kençtemur is considered to be one of the most talented players of his generation in Turkey. He is a product of the Besiktas academy – a very good youth system that produced many talented youngsters in recent years such as Ersin Destanoğlu, Serdar Saatci, Ridvan Yilmaz, Emirhan Ilkhan, Kerem Kalafat, Avtandil Duishoev, Semih Kilicsoy, Berkay Vardar, Emre Bilgin, Demir Ege Tiknaz, Koray Yagci, Azad Demir, and Emirhan Delibas. This season Berkay made his debut for The Eagles reserve team and his professional debut seems to be only a matter of time.
Football Talent Scout potential rating:
Country-scale star with top European league ambition.