Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Our 'oracle' in Glasgow, Bellshill Kanka Nadeem, has put together a round-up of the comings and goings in Ankaragucu during the transfer 'window' which is shown below -
Quote.... Just over a month ago us Kankas were depressed and worried about the news that we were going to lose all players due to the Court Case. Everyone is glad that for the time being the management will continue and we can get back on with our challange for a UEFA Cup place.
There has been a lot of movement at Ankaragucu with players leaving the club and players coming in as well. First of all we will look at the players coming in.
As Harun mentioned just over a week ago, we have added Jarioslav Cerny from Slavia Prague to our midfield. The Czech Republic international was captain at Slavia Prague and can play on the left hand side or middle of the park. If he is as succesful as his international team mate Jan Rajnoch then he will do well.
Next up is 23 year old Ergin Keles who was signed from Manisaspor. The Striker is a former Trabzonspor player and was once watched by Atletico Madrid. He has a bit of height to him which is much needed in the Ankaragucu attack and will be hoping to find some of that early promise he had at the start of his career.
Former Galarasaray and Besiktas winger Serdar Ozkan is the next signing. Has good pace and skill but can be inconsistent which you are going to get with wingers. Looked ok on his debut and looks like he will be a handy player when he gets his match fitness back.
This week we completed the signing of Muhammet Turkmen from Kartalspor which i dont know anything about, midfield player who looks like he will come in as a squad player.
Another midfielder added was Mehmet Cogum from Diyarbakirspor, he came on against Bucaspor and looks a big lad in the middle of the park. Again he looks like he will also be a squad player.
One position we have finally got cover for is the left back position, Ishak Dogan has signed for the club from Arminia Bielefield in Germany.
Our biggest signing of the window so far has to be Fatih Tekke. We have signed him on a 1.5 year loan deal. The former Trabzonspor hero hasnt been able to break into the first team at Besiktas. A bit of experience added to our young squad and a quality player to get the fans excited about too.
There is still 11 days left of the Transfer window and we will be hoping to bring in one more player. A central defender must be priority as Michael Zewlakow and Jan Rajnoch are the only two players in the squad good enought to play there.
So far we have managed to keep hold of our top players, but as i said above there are still 11 days to go. According to reports tonight Red Bull Salzburg are looking to sign Robert Vittek and the deal looks to have some truth in it. Hopefully we can keep hold of him as he is an important player for us.
Players who have left the club are Muhammet Hanifi who has joined Aydin Karabulut at Karabukspor. The big defender never held down a place in the first team, not going to be a big loss and the move is best for both parties.
Mehmet Cakir has won himself a good move to league leaders Trabzonspor. Cakir was mostly used as a substitute and should have done alot better at Ankaragucu, lots of pace and skill but his final ball and shooting were very poor.
Former Captain Hurriyet Gucer has been released by the squad. A very talanted player for whatever reason fell out with the management. Its a shame as he was an important player in the team but Adem Kocek has come in and done a good job in his place.
Roguy Meye has moved to Paris FC in France's lower league. The Gabonese striker only scored 2 goals for Ankaragucu both in the cup and it also frees up one of the Foreign spaces in the squad.
Young Liberian Midfielder Tonia Tisdell has moved to Mersin on loan until the end of the season.
The most important thing is we keep hold of Marek Sapara, he is so influencial in everything we do, we have to be happy with the way the transfer window has went so far, especially as we were expecting not to have any players at all.
One other mention, our young centre half Aydin who is on loan in the Turkish Second division and who was involved in a serious car accident is on the road to recovery. He nearly lost his life and its unlikely he will play again but he still has his life and our best wishes go to the boy.
Thanks for that summary Nadeem. Hopefully the new boys will fit-in and we can see Ankaragucu climbing up the table in the 2nd half of the league. If not to a Europa Cup place, then at least to a respectable position which gives us hope to mount a serious challenge next season.
More optimism pills please !!!!
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim