bundesliga.com has the lowdown on one of the most coveted young centre-backs in world football today...
The story so far
Plucked from the Turkish second tier at the age of 19, Söyüncü has come a long, long way in his two years at Freiburg. He couldn't speak a word of English or German for starters, but Söyüncü reaped the full benefits of being allowed to learn - and make mistakes - on the job. So much so, he is now regarded as one of the most reliable central defenders in the Bundesliga.
Watch: Söyüncü - from the Turkish second division to the Bundesliga
Is he any good?
You bet he is! A superb reader of the game with the seek-and-destroy passing range of a seasoned midfielder, it's no wonder the 6' 2" Söyüncü continues to draw comparisons with Bayern Munich and Germany international Mats Hummels. The 22-year-old is already a mainstay of the Turkey national team under Mircea Lucescu, and get this: he's two-footed!
Bundesliga appearances: 51
Tackles won (average): 60 percent
Pass completion (average): 81 percent
Yellow cards: 8
Red cards: 2
What they're saying
"I've had two fantastic years, I've improved as a player - but of course I've still got a lot more improving to do." - Söyüncü
"The way he got accustomed to a completely different culture had been amazing. It shows very good character." - Freiburg striker Nils Petersen
"I'm really happy with his development. He's more mature than I am." - Freiburg head coach Christian Streich