SüperFinal Playoffs - PLAYER OF THE WEEK 3 - Volkan Demirel
The Fenerbahçe goalkeeper has been in inspirational form in the business end of the season. Volkan Demirel caused a media stir when he made the bold claim that they would win 6 out of 6 games prior to the commencing of the playoffs... with his team half way there the Yellow Canaries owe a big thanks to their keeper.
Volkan has been putting all his experience to use and pulling out the stop for Fenerbahçe over the playoff games. The Turkish international gave a superb goalkeeping performance for the second week running. Just a week after erecting his invisible wall to keep out Galatasaray in the Intercontinental derby, he put on another virtuoso performance against Beşiktaş.
The 30 year old keeper showed absolute commitment to the team when he bravely dived in to prevent a dangerous through ball undeterred by Beşiktaş striker Edu leading in with his studs held high. Volkan managed to hold onto the ball and despite suffering a gashing wound to his knee resulting in 8 stitches he heroically played on. The wounded keeper was still able to pull off several key saves, dealt comfortably with aerial balls and distributed the ball forwards well. Volkan led by example, a true captain, never letting the pressure get to him.
Sporting the biggest mustache in the league, the in form Fenerbahçe goalkeeper has been the Yellow Canaries talisman over the course of the playoffs and if the title race comes down to the last game he could prove to be the deciding factor. Volkan has kept 14 clean sheets and only conceded 38 goals in 36 games this season.