Former Premier League defender Steven Caulker has admitted being a little surprised to see former teammate Altay Bayindir join Manchester United.
United decided to sell Dean Henderson to Crystal Palace and that meant going back in for another goalkeeper.
The Fenerbahce goalkeeper was linked with United back in July as the Daily Mail reported that talks had been held over a deal.
Sure enough, Bayindir joined United on deadline day, penning a four-year deal to become Andre Onana’s number two.
Steven Caulker reacts to Altay Bayindir joining Manchester United
Bayindir arrives having racked up nearly 150 appearances for Fenerbahce and also has five caps for Turkey.
Only 25 and standing at a huge 6ft 6in tall, Bayindir seems like a solid signing for United – and one of his former teammates has reacted.
Ex-Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool defender Steven Caulker played alongside Bayindir during their time together at Fenerbahce.
Now a free agent, Caulker worked as a pundit for Sky Sports on deadline day and offered his view on Bayindir.
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Caulker suggested (01/09, 4:25pm) that he thinks United have signed a ‘really good’ stopper who is used to playing in front of big crowds and with huge pressure at Fenerbahce.
Caulker admitted that he didn’t really expect to see Bayindir joining United but thinks this is a ‘really shrewd’ addition to Erik ten Hag’s squad.
“They’re getting a really good, young goalkeeper,” said Caulker. “He’s got his head screwed on, he’s got a lot of experience, he’s played in front of big crowds at Fenerbahce, there’s a lot of pressure in Turkey to play for one of those teams, so he’s used to that and he’s coming to another humongous name in football in Manchester United and I feel that he’s a really good signing, a really shrewd signing.”
“It’s one that I wasn’t necessarily expecting to see today but, having seen it pop up earlier, I thought ‘that’s a good signing’, he’s definitely one for the future,” he added.
Can Bayindir take Andre Onana’s spot?
That will be Bayindir’s dream even if he has clearly come in as second-choice to Onana for now.
Bayindir comes in with bags of experience for his age and you just never know what could happen.
It’s a long shot for Bayindir to displace Onana any time soon though; he has come in for big money this summer and is a personal pick of his former Ajax boss Erik ten Hag.
Bayindir just has to plug away, keep improving every day and be ready to go whenever called upon, with a chance potentially coming in January.
Onana may head off to the Africa Cup of Nations with Cameroon in January, potentially presenting a chance for Bayindir to shine.
If that does happen, Bayindir will just have to impress and make sure that he is impossible to ignore.