From Serie A debut to ‘cemented’ on the reserve bench: Martin Turk could return to Slovenia to defend regularly
Photo source: Sampdoria Calcio
Football sometimes tells happy stories, sometimes sad ones, and it can often provide some very unusual scenarios that few people expect. In 2023, Martin Turk has experienced almost all of the above: in the first half of the year, he was looking forward to making his debut in the elite Serie A, in the second half, he is sad to see that there is no place for him on the pitch at Parma. Is it unusual? Well, it could be a strange solution to the situation. According to our information, the goalkeeper, who is not a defender on the club scene but remained the third goalkeeper of the Slovenian national team after Matevž Vidovšek’ s injury, could return to Slovenia as early as this winter.
There is no doubt that he will have to resolve his status somehow. Having already tasted the joy of playing in Serie A as a loan player at Sampdoria, Martin Turk, only 20 years old, cannot be satisfied with his status as a ‘cemented’ reserve in Serie B, despite his youth. In the summer, there was a lot of talk that Parma was no longer counting on him and that he would go elsewhere. The ‘luxury province’ finally changed its mind and Martin Turk stayed at the Ennio Tardini Stadium.
But a month before the opening of the Winter Market, rumours surrounding the former member of Koper is getting louder again. One of the solutions could be, as said, a return back home, where, according to tips from the Styrian part of the country, he was invited by the leading Slovenian league club Celje.
Celje has a well-filled goaltending department at the moment, but it is not insignificant that the first and second goaltenders are getting on in years. Matjaž Rozman will turn 36 in January. Matko Obradović will light 33 candles next May. Celje’s Metod Jurhar is also a member, but at 25 he hasn’t yet offered the idea that he could be a solution for a club that wants to be the best in the country.
With the Turk, Celje would undoubtedly be able to kill two birds with one stone: a goalkeeper who has his whole career ahead of him would join the club, and they would also get a footballer who would play well in the Telemach First League could undoubtedly become a strong selling point for them. We have already seen this scenario in the period since Celjanians have Russian-Ukrainian investors. Darko Zec, after his return from abroad, made it all the way to the national team in a Celje jersey, the same applies to the currently injured Aljoša Matko. Could Martin Turk try to follow their path? Let us be surprised.
This text was automatically translated using AI.