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Turkish-football.com Midfield of 2012-13 (Mid-season)

2012-12-28 11:19:58

Manuel Fernandes, Pablo Batalla, Dirk Kuyt, Ismail Aissati, Alper Potuk, Necip Uysal, Oğuzhan Özyakup

Manuel Fernandes - Beşiktaş: Manuel Fernandes, the Portuguese Magician, the Maestro of the İnönü, ok enough with the puns, Manny really has been a cut above the rest once again for the Black Eagles this season.

Fernandes has been pulling the strings in midfield, the Eagles talisman is the brains in midfield, has assisted in the making of seven goals, scored five himself and been involved in countless more through his dangerous set-pieces.

The 26-year-old midfielder has an impressive repertoire, whether it's passing, long range shots or creating something out of nothing Manny is undoubtedly one of the best performing players in the league.

Beşiktaş were expected to struggle this season however, Manny and his gang of young renegades have not let the clubs off the field problems effect them. The Istanbul giants have a great team spirit and Manny has assumed the leadership role in the team.

Pablo Batalla - Bursaspor: The Green Crocodiles have scored 26 goals this season and Batalla has been directly involved in 15 of them. The leagues current Assist King with 10 assists has been the star man at Bursa for the past few seasons now.

Ismail Aissati - Antalyaspor: Aissati has a lot of clubs in the league kicking themselves for letting Antalyaspor get away with what has been one of the bargains of the season. Signed for just €600,000 from Ajax, the 24-year-old attacking midfielder has been the creative genius behind the Scorpions miraculous season thus far.

Aissati already has six assists as well as three goals to his name and has impressed with his speed, movement, passing and technical ability.

Dirk Kuyt - Fenerbahçe: Kuyt has adapted to life in Turkey remarkably well, when he's not touring Istanbul and eating fish on the Bosphorus the Netherlands international is busy creating and scoring goals, five assists and six goals to be precise.

The former Liverpool star has been an exemplary professional, given great performances in important European games and has even picked up the local lingo.

In a world where footballers are often criticised for their opulence, free spending and ego-driven pursuit of superstardom, it's a breath of fresh air to see such a down to Earth player.

The season at the half way stage, if Kuyt continues playing this level of football till the end of the league campaign we could have the makings of another Fenerbahçe legend in the near future.


Alper Potuk - Eskişehirspor: Despite being just 21-years-old Potuk already ahs three years of Turkish Super League experience behind him. The dynamic central midfielder is a box-to-box player, capable of playing defensive as well as attacking.

Potuk has four assists and three goals this season. The young Turkish international is gaining vital experience and is already one of the most highly-rated midfielders in the league.

Necip Uysal - Beşiktaş: If Fernandes is the brains Necip is the engine of the Beşiktaş midfield, the 21-year-old midfielder has been tipped as the next big thing for years and is finally starting to live up to his reputation.

Necip is playing his fourth season of competitive Turkish Super League football and the years of experience he's built up is starting to pay dividend.

The Turkish international midfielder has been a key component of the Black Eagles midfield making interceptions, closing down the opposition, making driving forward runs with the ball and defending the back four when not in possession.

Oğuzhan Özyakup - Beşiktaş: The Eagles really have impressed midfield wise this season, the main criticism Beşiktaş in 2011-12 was being too reliant on Fernandes. Well they look to have solved that problem by signing 20-year-old Özyakup.

Özyakup made a surprise move to the Istanbul club from Arsenal reserves during the summer transfer window. The young Turkish international had to work his way into the starting lineup but once there he made sure to keep his spot in the team. Özyakup has two goals and four assits so far this season, the future is looking very promising for the young midfielder.

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