World soccer trends are changing every day.
In this game you need to maximize your physical parameters and ball handling skills to speed up the field and dominate everything.
As a result, in the last five to six years, the epidemic of one-shot goal scorers, and, in management game terms, “opportunistic scorers,” is far behind.
Examples like Icardi now give 1 and steal 4 in scenarios that don’t share the field with other strikers. These are the parts that the team needs to carry, not the career.
If the main team in the game cannot have a striker with midfield features such as Benzema or Kane, they tend to establish a “fake forward” scheme.
The team can come up with a system in which the midfielder and wing bear the weight of the goal, completely changing the definition of forward player expectations.
However, the need for a “pivot striker” in the Turkish league is endless.
In some paragraphs, we will explain why center forwards are primarily successful in Turkish clubs, the obstacles faced by different models, and from which direction the aforementioned strikers prepare their escape routes.
Let’s start with our shortcomings.
Why is “fake striker” not so popular in Turkey?
Recruiting players from different positions for forwards has several winning goals.
At the top of these is the acceleration of the game.
Top clubs generate fake forwards from wings or midfielders to move faster, heal the ball faster, have the threat of carrying the ball across the court, and enhance tight field skills.
There are several factors required of the player providing this. Of course, you need to be able to score goals, turn your back and steal the ball, make the right decisions in Zone 3, and make defensive efforts on the field. A single strike like a classic striker.
The fake forward setup limits the height and shape advantage of the attack line, so it is imperative to quickly upset your defense balance. You can also use a large spiral to achieve this speed.
You need to prefer athletic players who have a good relationship with the ball, complement each other, establish threatening lines in every part of the field, and catch passing and running speeds in all areas where the ball can be carried. There are not only attack lines, but also attacks. In addition, it is essential to organize a good training program in order for these players to maintain the same level and spread this pace throughout the season.
In Turkey, most of the elements that fill the previous paragraph are not filled. The player cycle is very fast, and the structure that can store the team’s skeleton for 3-4 years is also a slow-paced team with a high average age. There is no training practice to make it dynamic throughout the season.
I remember recently Abdullah Avc’s Basakshehir trying a fake forward against Robinho in a team aiming for the championship. The team was playing a slow-paced set game, so Robinho’s front line attack line couldn’t upset his defensive balance, and Adebayor, his second exit plan, was robbed of the long ball.
This season we saw Emre Akbaba’s attempt to fake forward at Alanyaspor in Francesco Farioli. Alanyaspor finished the season with good points, but they didn’t know the running area and had problems with many teams who dropped the ball and achieved quality set defense.
What comfort does a pivot striker offer?
Super League knitting is based solely on basic soccer memorization.
Many teams have double pivots to secure a defensive front and subtract players from the offensive line. Naturally, this setting affects the speed and quality of game creation. Teams with players who have good control of their surroundings in front of the defense and can shoot the ball without the need for parallel players will be heavily dependent on the health and morphology of these players. In general, to maintain this order, they try to prevent factors such as injury and malaise by reducing pressure and tempo. However, the game will be slower.
Trabzonspor, who raised the score difference to a very high level in the first half of the league, was associated with some cliché reasons in the second half. In my opinion, the next paragraph under this decline has a hint. Trabzonspor was able to shorten the length of Edgar and the team in the first half and act as a bridge for Berat or Hamsík in front of the defense to carry the ball to Front 5, but lost all three players in the second half. ..
Here, the value of the pivot striker was demonstrated.
As of the end of February, Cornelius’ highball advantage was the Burgundy blue team’s most important third zone transition weapon.
Trabzonspor, where the first plan was interrupted, or many clubs where the first plan isn’t of high quality anyway, has a powerful backturn game and thanks to the striker who physically dominates the defender, the field of opponents. Calm down.
Teams that cannot move fast enough to lose their balance and have no plans to attack from defense at the elite level can approach the goal with a connection of attacking players who can play with their backs. In addition, the pivot striker is effective even in the middle of the side. This is one of the most basic set opening methods in our league, where the majority prefer to wait behind the ball.
This type of forward is also valuable for the fast wings that are common and demanded in Anatolia.
With our league budget and weak player network, finding a player who combines athletic ability and skill is not easy. As a result, the fast wings are looking for walls and are looking for space. To make this wall and provide this area, we are looking for a striker who can pull and shape the stopper mark and provide a rust connection.
In short, center strikers can offer many actions that our team can’t perform on the field just because their player’s profile is suitable for this. Therefore, they are generally more popular in Turkey than in Europe.
Were there any exceptions?
If you include teams that haven’t set peak goals, that number is very high. These teams have an advantage over teams aiming for a championship in finding a place to move.
There are examples of forwards playing on average teams above the championship level, but they are not counted directly in the center profile, but they are successful. Of course, we can add more examples, but names like Cenk Tosun, Umut Bozok, and Adem Büyük come to mind first.
These players aren’t a copy of the typing I’ve described throughout the article, but they differ in that they are names that you can play with your back. We also offer a repertoire of broad goals.
Burak Yılmaz was the most successful striker who was not the center in the last decade of the league. Depending on his playing style, in addition to being able to enter many positions and score clear goals, the fact that he was offered a comfort zone was also a factor in his success. Except for the years he worked with Shenor Günes, he mainly shared the field and center guard with another striker partner.
The union of Shenor Günes and Burak Yılmaz is the clearest example that contradicts the whole article and has produced its efficiency in another way. While Brak was playing alone in the forward end, Shenor was able to bring the team’s pressure line closer to the middle block and find an opportunity for the team to move when they won the ball. Naturally, he was preparing a “face”. The face-to-face ball environment that Brak wanted.
The most obvious examples of this, the 2011-2012 Trabzonspor and the 2018-2019 Besiktas, were teams that were able to outperform their potential and make Brak shine, but connected strikers.
Let’s conclude with this phrase that most of us don’t like.
Forwards like Cornelius, Okaka, Diuf and Adebayor have had great success in the Super League in terms of play structure after spending a season before coming to Turkey and finishing their careers in Turkey like Bedatom Riki. ..
Very successful teams (Besiktas, Samatta, etc.) in leagues that can play face-to-face, find space, and don’t invest in strikers, like Fenerbahce, and find what they wanted. Besiktas who cannot or has the experience of Batshuay after the championship.
Until the day when we can put together a thousand and one truths that can speed up the game, we will continue to see the strikers who stand out in their backward play among the players who have achieved stability in the Super League. ..
Finally, I would like to thank all the forwards who appeal to all games such as Aboubakar, Niang, Sörloth, 2018 Gomis and everyone who has taken the time to pay tribute to my admiration for them.