Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Obviously the shocking weather in Scotland has given Bellshill Kanka Nadeem some free time to reflect on the season so far. Still 3 matches to go before the winter shut down and let's hope we can end it on a happy note !
Its been a frustrating five months if your an Ankaragucu fan, some fantastic performances like the 4-2 wins over Galatasaray and Fenerbahce, to the awful 5-1 defeats against Bursaspor and Karabukspor.
As Dublin Neil said, we are in a better position the now than what we were this time last season. We just need to find a bit of consistency. I've rated the manager and players in how i think they have performed so far this season. I'm sure we will all come up with different opinions but I'll start. Marks will be out of (10)
Umit Ozat - (6) - This is Umit's first Job as a manager, at times it has showed as with his tactics and playing players out of position. Umit as a player was a fantastic defender so it is a surprise that his team have been very poor in defence. Jan Rajnoch, Michael Zewlakov, Aydin Toscali and Muhammet Hanifi have all struggled at the back and we need someone with a bit of pace in there come January. On the plus side we are still 10th in the league and Umit has had alot to deal with behind the scenes with players not been paid. If Umit stays on as manager he will need to bring in some players with quality in January and climb the table.
Stefan Senecky - (6) - I would have given Stefan a higher mark if he had been fit most of the season. He has just recently come into the squad and hasn't put a foot wrong. Won the team a point with his man of the match performance in Eskisehir, but needs his defence to help him out.
Ugur Ucar - (5) - Big things were expected when we signed Ugur from Galatasaray, unfortunatley he has spent most of the season injured and hasn't been able to show what he is capable of. A big second half of the season is expected and we could have a very good player at right back.
Muhammet Hanifi - (4) - Another one who has suffred with injuries, made his comeback in the game against Bursaspor and was subbed before half time, also gave away a pentaly against Gencler in the Derby. Looks very slow and unfit. Needs to get back in shape.
Michael Klukowski - (6) - Replaced Ariel Broggi as the clubs left back in the Summer and has did ok, nice left foot and we have missed him in the last couple of games. One of our more consistent defenders this season and looks a good buy.
Kagan Soylemezgiller - (5) - Hasn't been able to find his way into the first team due to injury, had an excellent game against Fenerbahce and got on the score sheet. Still only 22 but has to push hard for a place in the first team.
Turgut Dogan Sahin - (6) - Highly rated young player that has shown flashes of what he is capable of, very raw and can be frustrating as does all the hard work but messes up the simple things. With experience in the first team Sahin can be a very important player for us.
Mehmet Cakir - (4) - It may be a harsh mark, but the reason for this is because Mehmet is capable of so much more but only shows it now and then. Quick and skillful but his crossing and finishing have been shocking. Unless he starts to show he wants to play for the club he can be shown the door soon.
Stanislav Sestak - (7) - Good signing and has scored some great goals, full of running and makes goals as well. Would love to see him become a permanent signing in the summer. We have missed him in the last couple of games and it will be good to have him back when he returns.
Metin Akan - (7) - Metin was a bit part player last season but has established himself as one of our top players this term, has hit a bad spell the last month but has scored some important goals. Was excellent in the game against Galatasaray and will be hoping to get back to form again.
Robert Vittek - (?) - A massive loss to the team through injury, the sooner we get him back the better.
Michael Zewlakov - (4) - Big signing in the summer with his experience for Poland and Olympiacos, Has been injured all season and a major dissapointment for both him and the club. When fit looks a good player so hopefully he will have a better second half.
Theo Weeks - (6) - Starting to establish himself as a first team player, nice and tidy player but needs to improve on his shooting and decision making. Still only young and i think he can be a very good player in time. Does alot of work on the park in the holding midfield role.
Jan Rajnoch - (6) - Has had to fill in at centre half due to Injuries to our first choice defenders, Has struggled at times like the game against Bursaspor in particultar. not big enough or strong enough to play there. Much better when moved into midfield as nice and tidy on the ball and can score a few goals to.
Murat Druer - (5) - Jim's Favourite player, to be fair to the lad he has a nice left foot but is never played in his correct position, is always put at left back in which he is not a defener. Again been used mainly as back up or a sub.
Guven Varol - (7) - Been one of Ozat's best signings, versatile player who has played nearly every position asked of him. Scored the goal of the season away at Manisaspor as well. Like most of the team has had a dip in form recently but has done well so far over all.
Roguy Meye - (4) - Has only scored 2 goals in over a year for Ankaragucu, both coming in the cup. Again has struggled with fitness. If he can sort that out and start scoring he can become a very big player for us with is power and pace.
Aydin Toscali - (2) - Possibly the worst defender I've ever seen, and one of the slowest as well.
Marek Sapara - (9) - Outstanding, has scored some excellent goals and even when the team are playing poorly he is still giving his all, hopefully none of the big guns come in and take him in January. Is now the club captain due to Hurriyet been kicked off the team.
Ozden Ongun - (6) - Back up to Senecky and did ok when in the team, not the best at handling or coming for crosses but good shot stopper.
Hurriyet Gucer - (5) - Never played his best when in the team this season, now kicked off the team by Ozat and his future at the club is now in doubt as Ozat has said he will never play for the team while he is in charge.
Ozgur Cek - (6) - had a great start to the season, but has been off form of late and needs to get back to his best soon as the team isn't the same without him. Very talented player but is young and inconsistent. Lovely left foot and touch on the ball.
Adem Kocak - (6) - has been in and out the team, kind of player who is never outstanding, but never poor either. Lovely touch on the ball and plays the simple ball. Good back up.
Drago Gabric - (4) - On loan from Trabzonspor, but has failed to break into the first team apart from a handful of games. Much more expected of him in the second half and is a very talented player.
I'm sure the comments will come flooding in Nadeem. It will be interesting to see the conflicts of opinion.
So, let me get the ball rolling and say that you have been too generous to Murat Duruer !! I'll give him ONE point for the ONE good pass he's made all season !!!!
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim