Euro 2024 qualifiers: 'I will sit in the centre' - Cardiff's Erol Bulut on Wales v Turkey

Ardal Guler in action for Turkey
Ardal Guler scored for Turkey against Wales in June but will miss Tuesday's return in Cardiff

Euro 2024 qualifying: Wales v Turkey

Venue: Cardiff City Stadium Date: Tuesday, 21 November Kick-off: 19:45 GMT

Coverage:Live on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, BBC Sounds, BBC Sport website and app, plus live text Highlights: Match of the Day Wales, BBC One Wales from 22: 40 GMT and later on demand

Wales know even a revenge win over group winners Turkey in Cardiff on Tuesday might not be enough to earn automatic qualification for the Euro 2024 finals.

But at least they will not have to face the rising star of Turkish football, 18-year-old Ardal Guler, again as they seek to keep their hopes alive.

Real Madrid's summer signing, who scored a stunning goal when Wales lost to Turkey in June, is ruled out with injury.

"Technically he is a brilliant player," said Cardiff City manager Erol Bulutm who helped nurture Guler at Fenerbahce.

"When I was manager at Fenerbahce, Ardal was 15 and he trained for the first time with the first team.

"At the time he already showed his technical quality, but having technical quality does not mean in three or four years you can go to Real Madrid.

"But he worked hard on himself and developed really well at Fenerbahce. He had many games there in the last few years and showed what quality he has.

"And I think even in Real Madrid he will get his chances and use it well. He is not a person who will 'fly' when he has good games, he will stay (keep his feet) on the ground.

"He knows his quality and at Real Madrid he will add much more to his football, even to what he has shown now."

Wales have already suffered at the feet of Guler, dubbed the "Turkish Messi" by his domestic media.

He showed his abundance of class with a brilliant goal during Turkey's important 2-0 win over Robert Page's side in Samsun in June.

In the autumn, Turkey parted company with German coach Stefan Kuntz and replaced him with former Italy forward Vincenzo Montella, who secured qualification for Euro 2024 with a pivotal 1-0 win in Croatia, followed by a 4-0 victory over Latvia last month.

German-born former Turkey under-21 international Bulut will be at Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday as Wales seek a win - and hope Croatia slip up at home to Armenia - in order to clinch Group D's second automatic qualification spot.

While Bulut says he will be impartial on the night - "I will sit in the centre," he said - he is excited about Turkey's prospects in Germany next summer, believing it will be like a home from home for Turkey because of the large Turkish community in Germany.

"It is always great to see my country in the big tournaments like the Euros and the World Cup," said Bulut.

"When you see the national team now, the quality we have and the individual quality, we have to be in these kinds of tournaments.

"Germany will be like home games for us. You saw Bayern Munich play Galatasaray (in the Champions League) and the stadium was nearly 50-50.

"So it was very important to us to be in this tournament."

And Bulut will be hoping Germany is the ideal stage for a fit-again Ardal to show all the ability he helped hone as the youngster took his first steps in his football career.