Africa Cup of Nations could signal trouble for Kayserispor
How will the Turkish clubs cope with the loss of players?
The Africa Cup of Nations will be taking place in Gabon between 14 January and 5 February 2017 and the globalisation of the game means that many leagues and clubs throughout Europe will lose key players for the duration of the tournament, including several in the Turkish Super Lig.
Of the big clubs, Fenerbahce are likely to lose striker Moussa Sow to Senegal, while Galatasaray defender Aurelien Chedjou is in the provisional Cameroon squad.
Besiktas forward Vincent Aboubakar was also named in the 35-man provisional Cameroon squad and would seem to be highly likely to make the final cut. Clearly no club wants to lose players mid-season, but the bigger clubs are usually able to cover for the loss of a player or two.
For example, Besiktas have already announced the January signing of Dutch striker Ryan Babel from Deportivo La Coruna, which will help to compensate for the temporary absence of Aboubakar.
Anyone backing the likes of Besiktas with Superbahis, the premier Turkish sports betting site that covers all the top football action around the world, during Africa Cup of Nations 2017 can do so confident that they have to strength in depth to cope. That’s not so easy for teams lower down the league table.
Kayserispor are currently in the relegation zone and they could lose three first-team regulars in midfielder Samba Sow (Mali) and the Burkina Faso duo of midfielder Alain Traore and striker Prejuce Nakoulma.
The latter pair have already been included in Burkina Faso’s provisional 24-man squad and are almost certain to go to Gabon. Unlike the wealthier clubs, the Anadolu Yıldızı are not going to be able to find like-for-like replacements for their international trio so, what’s already been a difficult season for Kayserispor, could be about to get a whole lot tougher.