Valerien İsmael has an easily identifiable game strategy. She looks like she’s adopting the back pass but she’s actually using it as a trap. Especially after pulling on their opponents, long balls are tried and the strikers are expected to take them down. Although those balls can be dropped, it is aimed to catch the opponents incomplete and uncontrolled. In the last episode of last season, Montero and Serdar played the role of throwing those long balls, and Batshuayi played the role of knocking down. Of course, each player did their best, but to implement Ismael’s strategy, he needed a long ball central defender and a giant striker to fight in the air. It is obvious that the Saiss and Weghorst transfers were made to meet these needs.
SAiSS WILL BE THE COMMANDER OF ISMAEL’S TRIPLE DEFENSE
Saiss is a player we know well from Wolverhampton. Espirito Santo used him frequently as a midfielder, and during the Bruno Lage era he almost completely evolved into a central defender. The Wolves are also a team that plays triple defense. It is an important advantage for Ismael to have an experienced defender at the center of the triple defense. Saiss will be both the director of the triple defense and the sweeping libero behind his young partners. As we observed in the friendly matches played against Werder Bremen, Viktoria Plzen and Mainz, Montero will throw a lot of long balls in the new season and will go forward a lot. Saiss also has a role to balance these exits.
KARTAL’S KEY PLAYER WILL BE WOUT WEGHORST
Of course, if you have a giant 1.97 striker, this is something that deeply affects your understanding of the game. The team that had the Crouch fit him as well, according to Koller or Flo you had to design your game. Weghorst is both a great air gun and loves to get first balls and play. He’s also an indomitable presser. If you also have a Weghorst, you will naturally want to hit the ball with his head more.
READY FOR THE SEASON
Weghorst has a key role in the play that İsmael has set up with long balls from the back. İsmael tried this with Cenk in front of Werder Bremen and Plzen. However, we saw in the second half of the Mainz match that Weghorst is ready for the season. Of course, Muleka can also find more scoring opportunities than the Dutch, with Weghorst’s balls down and the spaces he created by wrestling with the defenders.
WHAT ROLE WILL GEDSON FERNANDES DO?
İsmael starts the new season with 3-4-1-2, Beşiktaş will play with a playmaker behind the double striker this year as well. In the final episode of last season, Ghezzal took on the role of quarterback, with the pair playing Batshuayi-Larin (sometimes also Nkoudou) at the centre-forward. We will hardly see Ghezzal on the right wing anymore, the role of the Algerian virtuoso is now number ten.
ISMAEL MUST REVIEW THE STRATEGY
Of course, the spotlight isn’t just on Ghezzal this season. Right behind him we will follow Salih-Gedson (sometimes also Josef). However, in the last part of last season, the role of the central midfielders was quite limited in the game played by İsmael against Beşiktaş. Since long balls were often preferred, the center players watched the game in the air and their role was limited to collecting stray balls. Now you have a very good transition player like Gedson. If Ismael doesn’t change his strategy a bit from last season, he may not get the maximum benefit from Gedson. Because in order to get more efficiency from Gedson Fernandes, I think it is necessary to attack not always with the long ball, but sometimes by knitting.
SIDE BALLS DUE TO CHRONIC FAILURE
Of course, it’s still early to talk about the problems, but there are some chronic malfunctions in Beşiktaş’s set-ball defense. Veljkovic’s head and Bittencourt’s volley in front of Bremen should be well studied. Screw gone, Saiss came. New reinforcements will also be made, but set-piece defense is not just about the names, it’s about the plan as well. Duplicate goals in the Sporting match and Sergen Yalçın’s insistence on the field defense may have brought his end. It looks like İsmael needs to improve his team in this regard.
ATTENTION TO EMİRHAN DELİBAŞ
Emirhan Delibaş is one of the young people who are likely to continue in the A team during Beşiktaş’s transformation season. I think that Emirhan Delibaş, who is in the number ten position along with defender Badra Cisse and left defender Aytuğ Kömeç, is among the young people who can take a minute this season. He was very active after entering the game in the Bremen match. He earned a penalty with his throws from the left, and made an assist as well. İsmael rewarded his brilliant performance by giving the first 11 chances in the following competitions.
OGUZHAN PROMISES A DIFFERENT GAME
Very enthusiastic, very active. Valerien İsmael thinks of him as an alternative to the forward duo, promising a different game behind Weghorst-Muleka-Cenk Tosun if she gets the chance. He has a small physique but is quick. He comes into the midfield and joins the link, then he can keep running and create a goal threat. Self-confident. It looks like he can do remarkable things if he is kept in the squad. It is delusional to expect İsmael to give Oğuzhan Akgün a chance at maybe 11. But taking into account the necessity of 3 locals, the possibility of keeping it in the large squad is strong.
The new role that Ismael has assigned to Kenan is the right wing back. He played Kenan there out of necessity last season, he tried it in the first friendly matches of this year, even though he didn’t have to. Of course, Kenan is doing his best. However, every time he throws a crown, there is a serious risk for Beşiktaş. İsmael must have noticed this as well. He tried Boyd in the Mainz match as a right wing fullback.