Turkish delight? Ciftci faces dilemma

Nadir Ciftci is weighing up whether to switch his national allegiances to Turkey.

Pompey's emerging young talent has held talks with Turkish national boss Guus Hiddink over a move over to his country.

Ciftci currently represents Holland and has played for his country of birth at under-16 and under-18 level.

But the 18-year-old has dual nationality and still has the option of representing either nation.

FIFA rules now allow players in Ciftci's position to be able to choose which country they turn out for until they have appeared for a nation at senior level.

Hiddink is keen to convince the player to make the move over to Turkey after watching him in action against Hawks on Monday night.

The former Chelsea boss, along with his assistant Oguz etin, was at West Leigh Park and met with the player in the wake of Pompey's 1-0 win.

Ciftci has quickly emerged as a bright, young talent at Pompey this season.

Steve Cotterill threw the player in when he was shorn of options at the start of the campaign.

He responded by grabbing two goals and delivering some promising performances for his side.

Ciftci has now returned to the fringes of the squad following the arrival of Liam Lawrence – and Cotterill would like to see him gain some playing time out on loan.

Pompey coach Guy Whittingham believes Ciftci still has a lot of development to make yet. Whittingham said: 'I imagine Guus Hiddink was watching Nadir.

'We understood he was coming. We didn't get confirmation why it was, but we presume it was for Nadir.

'He has played for under-16s and under-18s in the Dutch side.

'I felt Nadir tried a little bit too hard at times, he's got to learn to simplify his game a little bit more and he will score more goals if

he does that.'