The Turkish championship has resumed and the colony of foreign players joining the Süper Lig is only expanding. Spotlight on ten stars you should see on the lawns this season.
Samuel Eto’o (Antalyaspor)
Antalyaspor striker for two years, the Cameroonian has lost nothing of his qualities as goalscorer. The 36-year-old is still an excellent finisher with 38 goals in 61 games (2015-16 and 2016-17). Last season, he finished 3rd leading scorer in the championship (18 goals) behind Cenk Tosun (20 goals) and Vagner Love (23 goals).
Robin Van Persie (Fenerbahçe)
He also left for Turkey in the summer of 2015. In cold weather with his coach the first season, he still managed to score 16 goals in 31 games. At 34, his second season was more complicated as he played 24 matches for 9 goals. His club finished 3rd in the championship.
European champion and champion of Spain with Real Madrid, the Portuguese (34 years) wanted a change after ten years at the Les Blancos. At a time courted by the PSG, he finally signed with the Turkish defending champion and will meet his compatriot Ricardo Quaresma.
Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas)
The right winger (33 years old), arrived in July 2015, had already spent two seasons in Besiktas (2010-2012). The Portuguese took part in the two championship titles of his club and played 55 matches (six goals).
Alvaro Negredo (Besiktas)
The Spanish striker (31) will discover the Turkish championship. After several experiences not really conclusive in particular in Manchester City, Negredo hopes to revive his talent at Besiktas. Last season in Middlesbrough, he scored nine goals in 36 games.
Mathieu Valbuena (Fenerbahçe)
Aged 32, Mathieu Valbuena left France again and this time joined Turkey. Under the colours of Lyon last season, he had scored eight times in 30 league games. He also scored his first goal in a friendly against Cagliari last Monday.
Jérémy Ménez (Antalyaspor)
Playing alongside Eto’o is a great experience for him. Jérémy Ménez (30 years) did not have a season of rest with Bordeaux. Jocelyn Gourvennec, the Gironde coach, did not really count on him and injuries punctuated his season (right ear cut off from the first day, abductors in May). The former Parisian played 26 games in Ligue 1 scoring three goals.
Younès Belhanda (Galatasaray)
After a good season with Nice (3rd place), the 27-year-old midfielder scored three goals in 31 matches in 2016-17) landed the club a 3rd place in the last Süper Lig.
Nigel de Jong (Galatasaray)
We all have in mind his “attack” on Xabi Alonso in the final of the 2010 World Cup against Spain. After passing through Manchester City, Milan and Los Angeles Galaxy, the Dutch midfielder joined Galatasaray in the summer of 2016.
Gregory Van der Wiel (Fenerbahçe)
The 29-year-old did not have a good time at PSG. At “Fener”, he played eleven matches out of 34.
Translated from www.francefootball.frut For