Dzeko had a fantastic start to the season, carrying his team on his shoulders with 16 goals, leading the league in the race for the golden boot. The Bosnian forward found the net a total of 20 times, becoming the team's top scorer. Despite being the backup striker, Batshuayi made the most of every opportunity, particularly shining in critical moments during Dzeko's recent dip in form. The Belgian star scored a goal in 71 minutes in the last game. With a squad full of options, Ismail Kartal faces the most challenging decision in selecting the starting eleven for the match against Alanya, particularly in the forward position…
After the recent transfers at Fenerbahçe, the most anticipated question was which names Ismail Kartal would choose for the ideal central defensive duo. The experienced coach answered this question by fielding Djiku and Çağlar against Antalyaspor. However, a more intriguing question arises now: Who will play as the forward? Under normal circumstances, such a question would not be asked because Edin Dzeko was Kartal's favorite due to his performance in the league. However, things haven't been going well for the Bosnian forward lately. Despite being beneficial on the field, he has been unable to overcome his misfortune in the final touches.
One on the decline, the other on the rise
Dzeko has failed to score or assist in the last 5 league matches. Despite this poor form, he leads the race for the golden boot with 16 goals in the league and is the top scorer of the team with 20 goals in official matches. Even with the decline in performance, the star player's place in the starting eleven would normally not be questioned.
On the other hand, Michy Batshuayi has had an incredible upturn in form. The Belgian striker has been consistently scoring in both the league and the cup in recent weeks. The 30-year-old player has reached 17 goals in 29 official matches. What makes this statistic more impressive is that Batshuayi scored so many goals in only 1195 minutes on the field.
A goal every 59.75 minutes!
The experienced player scored a goal every 71 minutes! Considering his 3 assists, Michy Batshuayi contributed to a score every 59.75 minutes on the field! This performance has led to the question, “Who will play as the forward?” among Fenerbahçe fans before the challenging match against Alanyaspor tomorrow. After the Gaziantep match in the cup, Ismail Kartal was asked whether the competition in the forward position would be problematic, to which he replied, “It won't be a problem in the Fenerbahçe family.” Despite everything, Edin Dzeko seems to have an advantage for the starting eleven. However, seeing Batshuayi in the starting eleven tomorrow would not be a surprise when the line-ups are announced.