Beşiktaş’s Summer 2018 Transfer Review – Part 2

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Updated: October 11, 2018

Part 1 of this article was concerned with the players who departed from Beşiktaş during the summer of 2018 and part 2 will concentrate on those arriving. Chilean centre-back Enzo Roco arrived at the club on a free transfer from Mexico’s CD Cruz Azul. The 26 year old had previously played in Spain for Elche and Espanyol as well as in his home country of Chile. Roco, who appears to be a direct replacement for Tosic in terms of the number of centre-backs in the squad, will have serious competition in the fight to determine who will become Pepe’s long-term partner in the centre of defense. After good performances in the World Cup, Vida appears to be Şenol Güneş’s choice as Pepe’s partner, at least for now. Roco might have to face further competition however, since with the return of Atiba, Gary Medel may find that his midfield spot will be taken by the experienced Canadian.  Following his very good performance at centre-back after Vida’s red card in the Konyaspor game, Medel also appears to be a viable option at centre-back.

Almost every Beşiktaş fan seemed to be in agreement that Beşiktaş needed to purchase a new number one after Fabri’s departure and boy did the new number one get everyone talking. A high-profile transfer swoop saw Beşiktaş loan Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius for a period of two years. The 25 year old German had become an internet talking point after his two disastrous errors which arguably cost Liverpool last year’s Champions League final. If these errors had not occurred, it would have been almost impossible for Beşiktaş to complete such a transfer. Now the question remains can Beşiktaş bring the best out of the handsome German leading him to once again be considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world or will the memories of the Champions League final haunt him, slowly chip away at his confidence and lead him to make error after error. Whatever happens,all eyes will most definitely be on Karius as well as his performance.

Beşiktaş’s final summer signing Adam Ljajic doesn’t seem have the easiest task in the world.  The 27-year old Serbian who arrived on loan from Torino has played a good number of matches for Partizan, Fiorentina, Roma, Inter Milan and Torino but has some big shoes to fill. His arrival at the team after the departure of top-class attacking midfielders such as Anderson Talisca and Jose Sosa will no doubt lead to constant comparisons with his predecessors. For Beşiktaş to have a successful season, Ljajic will have to fully adjust to the team as soon as possible, becoming a key part of Beşiktaş’s attacking play. Although it seems extremely unlikely that he will score as many goals as Talisca, Ljajic needs to become an integral part of Beşiktaş’s build up-play delivering clever passes down the middle and diminishing the team’s dependence on speculative crosses as there doesn’t appear to be anyone in the box who can consistently convert them into goals.

Beşiktaş also signed 19 year old Güven Yalçın from Bayer Leverkusen’s youth team and 22 year old Dorukhan Toköz from Eskişehirspor on free transfers. 25 year old Umut Nayır was signed from Osmanlıspor who Beşiktaş paid a fee of 250 thousand Euros. However, Nayır was loaned to Bursaspor before the transfer period was completed.