Will Bulut fire again for the Wanderers?

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Having drawn blanks in three consecutive starts Western Sydney Wanderers striker Kerem Bulut was left out of the squad completely in the team 1-1 draw with Central Coast Mariners last Saturday.

Returning to his hometown club after a brief and unsuccessful stint in Greece with Iraklis, where he scored one goal in 16 games, Bulut has so far struggled in his return to the Hyundai A-League with some left wondering if he will ever fire again.

Backed by Tony Popovic initially as the club’s starting striker Bulut has never really looked like scoring with his five shots so far this season, nor has he had the impact up front he really needed to have.

 

Dispossessed 11 times, winning just 19 per cent of aerial duels and 22 per cent of all duels, Bulut has failed to fire for the Wanderers in more ways than one.

A confident player and person, Bulut would have backed himself to return to form but Popovic opted to leave him out of the squad for the Mariners match with super sub Brendon Santalab and young gun Lachlan Scott his preferred options.

Post-match Popovic was quick to explain his decision to leave Bulut in the chamber.

“It was just a footballing decision, the same really for Bruno Pinatares or Shannon Cole. We feel we want more from training,” he said.

“There’s an expectation that we have. They’re training everyday and we want more and we want to see more from certain players and Kerem’s just in that group.”

Asked if Bulut’s attitude had anything to do with his omission, Popovic swiftly shot down any such notions.

“I don’t think we should say attitude because we don’t say attitude about Bruno Pinatares or Shannon Cole, but immediately we say attitude with Kerem Bulut. I don’t know why it’s different,” he added.

So if it’s simply a matter of training harder it would seem Bulut has a very real chance of firing again for the Wanderers.

 

He must of course first prove his worth over two gun strikers before he gets such a chance; something that may prove rather difficult.

Santalab already has three goals to his name this season, doing what Bulut couldn’t against Adelaide United and finding the back of the net twice in a much shorter period of time.

While Scott is a young striker who will demand and rightly deserves some game time backed by 15 goals from 13 youth games for the Wanderers last season. Scott will indeed need time on the pitch if the Wanderers are to reap the rewards of what they’ve sown.

However if his tattoos are anything to go by, Bulut isn’t a man to back down from a challenge and should still be backed to hit the net for the red and black this season.

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Joshua Thomas
Joshua Thomas
A football fanatic and journalism student who won't leave you wondering about any Wanderers news this season as I cover all things Red and Black for The Football Sack.

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