Samed Yesil arrived at Anfield from Bayer Lverkusen in 2012 as perhaps the highest rated striker in the German youth ranks. Many thought that, if he could some day reach his potential, he might even be able to match the scoring record of Bayern Munich and national team legend Gerd Muller. And for a £1M fee, the signing of the then 17-year-old seemed a bargain.
Then he suffered a torn ACL, missing almost the entirety of 2013. He returned in October of that year and, just as he had worked his way back to something resembling full fitness, he tore his ACL again and missed most of 2014. This time around, his return to action has been hindered by a string of minor injuries, the result of having spent so long on the sidelines. It appears, though, that he’s finally ready to play again.
"Samed’s obviously had two terrible injuries and he’s come back, and it’s just the little niggles that go around it now, getting his body right," said Liverpool U21 manager Michael Beale this week when the Liverpool Echo asked him about Yesil’s impending return to action. "I’d be disappointed if we don’t see him on the pitch in the next month playing again.
"Over the Christmas period [he] was looking really, really good and then unfortunately football sometimes just kicks you when you’re already down. Sometimes football can be really cruel. So let’s just hope for the best. His finishing in training has been right up there with the best; he hasn’t lost his touch. So I assure the fans that when he does get back, you’ll see him scoring goals."
Hopefully too, this time around, the fans will see him staying fit for an extend run and the promising youngster can get his career back on track.