Boom. Oztumer joins
This came out of the blue. Or did it? This morning Erhun Oztumer signed for the Addicks on a 2-year deal 12 years after he was released.
The adaptable midfielder was minutes from being signed by Lee Bowyer in January and all summer he has been on Steve Gallen’s speed dial as his time at troubled Bolton got resolved. Eventually he was released by Bolton this week, yet last week it looks as if the steps were put into place for him to sign for the Addicks. He has been part of Bolton’s somewhat fraught pre-season and played in their first game of the season.
Greenwich born to Turkish Cypriot parents Oztumer was rated a big prospect in the Addicks academy but was released after 9 years mostly because it was thought he was too small. He’s 5ft 3. A determined Ehrun spent a season at Fisher Athletic before moving to the Turkish league where he was at a couple of top flight teams but only got a look in at Üsküdar Anadolu, who were in the 4th division.
Oztumer came back to London and was a superstar at Dulwich Hamlet before having a trial at Burnley and then getting his chance at Peterborough, a club renowned for finding rough non league diamonds. He signed as a free agent for Walsall in 2016 and scored 32 goals in 95 games and then a year ago made his fateful move to Bolton.
Steve Gallen said: “He’s a skillful player, he’s tricky, he’s bright, he’s clever. He sees things that a lot of the players don’t see. We’ve been interested in him since we started tracking him to try and bring him in during January, so we’re really pleased to finally get Erhun in here.”
At 28, he’s at a good age and gives Bowyer lots of flexibility and can score all manner of goals. I think a great addition to the squad. Welcome home Erhun.