Vote for your 2016/17 Beşiktaş player of the season!

Updated: May 28, 2017

Beşiktaş have been crowned the 2016-2017 Turkish Süper Lig Champions and all players have had their contributions. But who had the biggest contribution to the team’s success in your opinion? Vote in our big poll which expires on June 10th and have your say!

We’ve compiled a shortlist of 11 players that have had a significant part in the title winning side. We’ve excluded players such as Caner Erkin due to his long absense through injury. If your choice is not included in the poll, please leave a comment below.

First up is the Captain of the team Oğuzhan Özyakup, he was already an instrumental part of last season’s Championship winning side. He made a total of 39 appearances in all competitions in which he provided 9 assists and scored 5 goals. A groin injury early in the season took him out for several weeks and it took him a while before he found his best form, but he’s been one of the decisive players in the final stretch towards the title.

Ricardo Quaresma started 2016 with his first ever Turkish league title with Beşiktaş and went on to the 2016 EUROs with Portugal to win his nation’s first international trophy, playing a key role in the process and scoring the decisive penalty kick. For Beşiktaş this season he’s been absolutely fabulous, assisting 17 goals across all competitions and scoring 6 goals in 44 appearances. He’s the second highest assist provider in the Turkish League with 13 assists, he has the highest amount of key passes (75) and the most successful crosses (89) but his crowning moment this season undoubtedly came in the UEFA Champions League where his 3 goals and 3 assists helped the Black Eagles to 7 points and a third place finish allowing them to enter the Europa League, where they reached the quarter-finals.

Much like the past few seasons Atiba Hutchinson has been an irreplaceable anchor in midfield for the Black Eagles. Fatigue caught up to him after a straining season and he’s been missing in the final few games of the season. He’s never been much of a contributor to goals, but with 4 assists and 2 goals he still did his part, Atiba’s strength lays in his ability to cover every inch of grass and he’s put in phenomenal performances both deomestically and in Europe. The highlight of his season however was undoubtedly the late winning goal in Trabzon that got Beşiktaş the crucial 3 points.

Anderson Talisca made an immediate impact since arriving on loan from Benfica in the Summer, he scored a late equalizing free-kick in the Champions League against his parent club Benfica to get Beşiktaş their first Champions League point of the campaign in their first game, but suffered an unfortunate injury taking him out for a while. Nevertheless Talisca’s goals and assists greatly contributed to Beşiktaş’ domestic success, scoring the winning and only goal against Galatasaray at the Türk Telekom Arena and several more stunning goals. He’s quickly grown out to be a fan favourite among Beşiktaş fans and scored a fabulous double against Gaziantepspor in the Championship match.

Central defender Marcelo Guedes has been a wall in defence for Beşiktaş eversince arriving on a loan from Hannover in January 2016, he has since made a permanent transfer to the Black Eagles and has continued his impressive form. Being the most dominant defender in the air in the Turkish league, he also scored 3 goals in the league, including a goal against Galatasaray at the Vodafone Arena.

For years Beşiktaş have had a bit of a goalkeeper trauma but Fabricio Ramirez seems to have largely erradicated that with his stunning performances this season. He’s made a few mistakes which have cost the team some points (like nearly every goalkeeper), but he’s made so many crucial saves both in Europe aswell as the league which have helped the Black Eagles to some incredible highs. One of the more memorable moments for him will without a doubt be his penalty save in Napoli, which helped Beşiktaş to a historic 2-3 away victory in Italy. He’s also the first goalkeeper since Óscar Córdoba to keep a clean-sheet in both away games against Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray.

Adriano Correia’s performances might have gone unnoticed by some, but his stellar performances at leftback has won Beşiktaş plenty of points. His goal against Napoli in the Champions League kickstarted what would become a historic evening but his most notable performances simply came by being an incredibly competent defender who neutralized many quality opposition players, he’s put in multiple man of the match performances without scoring or assisting too many goals, a remarkable feat for a sideback.

Much like his counterpart on the left, Gökhan Gönûl has added a lot of defensive security on the rightback position. Just like Adriano he did not contribute all that much in terms of goals and assists, but his defensive workrate, crucial clearances, tackles and interceptions have won Beşiktaş plenty of points throughout the season.

Striker Cenk Tosun is Beşiktaş’ number one goalscorer in all competitions, which he largely owes to his 18 goals in the Turkish League, he scored many crucial goals including the equalizer against Galatasaray at the Vodafone Arena and the opening goal away at Trabzonspor and the all important opener away at Bursaspor. While not always a starter, Cenk has put his mark on the season. His spectacular scizzorkick goal against Benfica in the Champions League was even voted “goal of the group stages”, the first Turkish player to achieve said feat. He has scored a total of 22 goals and provided 3 assists in 46 games.

While Vincent Aboubakar took some time to get off the mark, he’s been absolutely spectacular since returning from the Africa cup of Nations where he scored the winning goal in the final for his nation Cameroon. He’s scored a total of 11 league goals, the bulk of which coming in the decisive final stretch. But he’s also the team’s topscorer in Europe, with 3 Champions League goals and 3 in the Europa League, in total he has scored 18 goals and provided 4 assists in 37 matches.

Ryan Babel only arrived in January but his impact was immediately felt, his double against Olympiakos saw Beşiktaş through to the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals. With 8 goals and 3 assists in 24 appearances for Beşiktaş he’s been instrumental in the team’s success in 2017.

And finally we have Tolgay Arslan, while Tolgay was a substitute for most of the season his presence in the team has been key. When Oğuzhan suffered his groin injury early in the season, Tolgay was the man who stept up and replaced him. And he did the same when Atiba Hutchinson’s fatigue caught up to him towards the end of the season, providing his teammates with several crucial assists to take the all important 3 points. While his role throughout the season might have not been as big as some others,  his role towards the end of the season in the final stretch can not be underestimated, which is why he’s on this list.

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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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