In a series of articles we’re compiling, we’ve identified 20 promising Scottish talents we believe can have big 2020’s. Motherwell midfielder David Turnbull is next under the microscope.
Whilst injury has prevented Turnbull from appearing at Fir Park this term, his start to 2019 was frightening. During the 2018/19 season he finished as the club’s top scorer from midfield with 16 goals.
He’s an exceptional talent and once he’s fit, expect 2020 to be another big year for him.
Turnbull return is being relished by Robinson
Motherwell have managed to cope tremendously well without Turnbull to their credit. Currently sitting third in the league, a Turnbull return would aid their Europa League push.
Stephen Robinson is well aware of the talent he has at his disposal. After nearly losing him to Celtic during the summer, the Northern Irishman will be glad to still have his goalscoring midfielder on the books.
He’s made no secret of how highly he rates him. Speaking to the Herald last month, Robinson says he is savouring the thought of adding Turnbull to his firing squad again.
“Listen, the quality that David has got, to have him available for selection again to add to what we have already got, would be tremendous,” said Robinson. “But we have to be careful, there’s no timelines.
“The importance is the long-term impact on his career. We have to make sure he’s 100 per cent right. Everything is going great at the moment and it will be a massive bonus when he is back.”
It must have been such a tough summer for the youngster despite all his success early in 2019. Seeing a move to Celtic fall through before being sidelined for an indefinite period of time will have hurt him.
That’s behind now though and eight months on from his last appearance against Livingston, Turnbull’s comeback will be key to a successful 2020. Initially getting him back on the park will be the aim, but after that, getting him firing will be the next step.
An accurate passer and an even sharper finisher, Turnbull is a brilliant number ten. His form last term showed how good he can be but perhaps this will be the biggest test he’s faced.
If Turnbull manages to bounce back in emphatic fashion, everyone will know he’s the real deal. A slow comeback won’t make him any less of an exciting talent, but a fast one really could make a statement that Turnbull’s going to be a brilliant Scottish talent for years to come.
Whether we’ll see him this season or not remains to be seen. Rest assured though, when Turnbull is ready to return, his comeback could set him up for a big year.