A lot of love for Vagner

Updated: April 6, 2018

Besiktas may have sold their star striker Cenk Tosun to Everton in the January transfer window but they at least did not leave themselves short in terms of attacking personnel after the arrival of Brazilian international Wagner Love.

The 33-year-old forward made the move from fellow Turkish club Alanyaspor for £3.25m, a fee that could in some cases be deemed high for a player of his age but, should he help his new employers go on to win the Turkish Super Lig, then he will be worth every penny.

The striker has already lifted domestic league titles both at home and abroad. He is arguably best known for his stint at CSKA Moscow where he won three Russian Premier League titles with the club based in Russia’s capital city.

While success in Brazil came back in 2015 when he won the championship with Corinthians, usually once a player moves back to South America after a long stint in Europe, it is to see out the twilight of their careers on more familiar territory.

However, this was not to be the case for Wagner Love, as his exploits that helped Corinthians to the top of the table also attracted the attention of European clubs once more. This time though it would be Monaco and not Moscow that the 20 time Brazilian international would call home.

Signing an 18-month deal, the move did not perhaps go to the expectations of club and player as he was moved on just seven months into his stint in Monte Carlo. Antalyspor was to be the next destination in what has been something of a nomadic career up until this point.

And when you look at his statistics for his previous club, it is quite apparent as to why Besiktas identified him as the man to fill the shoes that were left after Cenk Tosun’s move to Merseyside at the start of the year, a return of 33 goals in 42 games is undoubtedly impressive and shows that, even after such a long career, he still has a lot to offer anyone who is looking to acquire his services.

If you’re thinking of doing a spot of football betting, then placing your money on Besiktas to deliver a 16th Turkish Super Lig title in their history would certainly seem like a shrewd move, especially when you look at the clubs previous title-winning pedigree.

This is a team that has won the previous two editions of the competition and, quite simply, they are a club that knows how to get over the line when it matters and, in turn, deliver another piece of silverware to their ardent fan base.

They may well be pushed close by the likes of Galatasaray and Istanbul Basaksehir but this is where Wagner Love can be called into play. His title-winning experience from yesteryear will undoubtedly be utilised and that, along with his goal threat, will set Besiktas in good stead for the final few weeks of the campaign.

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Kaan Bayazit

Editor-in-chief at Beşiktaş International
Freelance sports writer specialized in Turkish football and Beşiktaş. Co-host of the Black Eagles podcast. Frequently featured in World Soccer Digest Japan and many other international media outlets. Following Turkish football for close to two decades. Proud father to Aedin.
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