4 reasons why Kerem Bulut never fired

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After six games, no goals and inevitable drama; Kerem Bulut’s fairytale return to Western Sydney Wanderers has come to a nightmarish end.

The inked-up striker has been released by his hometown club to pursue interests elsewhere with whispers pointing to the shores of Thailand.

Having returned to Western Sydney after an ill-fated spell in Greece, Bulut was hoping to build upon his successful first stint in red and black but never looked like doing so after five starts and a substitute appearance.

While he did famously find the back of net against Melbourne City, that sole strike was ruled out controversially for offside with his awkward celebration perhaps the most memorable thing he did with the Wanderers in this second stint.

Unleashing nine shots, only two of which were on target, winning 18 percent of all duels, committing 12 fouls and dispossessed 13 times, Kerem was a bullet that well and truly stalled in the chamber.

Having scored five goals from nine games in his first season with the red and black, Bulut never found his feet back at Western Sydney and there’s a few clear reasons why.

1. Positioning

Classed as a winger and striker, Bulut was played solely and mistakenly as a lone striker. Lacking both the poacher’s instincts of Santalab and physicality of a front forward, he was never going to have much of an impact in this position and working with the formation deployed.

With a decent amount of pace and willingness to cross, it would have been nice to see him played on the wing at some point but with two very good wingers in Nicolas Martinez and Jumpei Kusukami, this was never going to happen.

Right now the Wanderers need an out and out striker, something Bulut simply isn’t hence his mutually agreed departure.

2. Attitude

Attitude and Bulut seem to go hand in hand and while he looked to give it his all on the pitch, the reasons behind his initial non-selection suggested he wasn’t willing to put in the hard yards in training. Something you simply must be if you’re ever going to play under Tony Popovic.

3. Skill

Once a very promising prospect, this stint alone suggests Bulut may lack what it takes to be a professional footballer both in terms of skill and mentality. His last outing in the red and black strip (a 60-minute appearance for the Wanderers youth side) certainly hasn’t convinced Wanderers faithful he’ll be a player they’ll miss.

4. Auburn McDonalds is hiring

Sorry Bulut, you will be missed.

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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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