Time and again Vedad Muriqi pointed his finger at a teammate in the middle of joy: Max Kruse.
Ultimately, Fenerbahce's top scorer knew who to thank for the third goal of the season.
In the match against Ankaragücü, Kruse sent two defensive players into the void with a quick change of direction and a precise wing served Muriqi in the middle. The Kosovian only had to push to the goal 2: 1.
Kruse with five assists in Süper Lig
For Kruse it was the fifth match in Süper Lig, the fifth goal. Together with Goalgetter Muriqi, who came with a recommendation of 16 goals before the Rizespor season, the 31-year-old creates a new dream duo in Fener.
Only the coronation in the form of a separate strike Kruse had previously been rejected.
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"Max is trying to organize a lot," said coach Ersun Yanal before the start of the season about the advantages of an offensive versatile player. Like Werder last year, Kruse is more in the lead and takes on the role of game designer.
Five assists meant that he compared him across Europe on roughly the same level with young BVB Jadon Sancho or Many City Riyad Mahrez. Of the top 5 European leagues, only Kevin De Bruyne, the city's star, surpasses Kruse & # 39; and with seven assists.
Kruse must justify himself with change
The fact that Kruse did not kick out one of the five elite Europeans even after the end of the Bremen contract was his decision. A decision that brought him criticism in the summer.
"I would have the opportunity to choose a team that plays in this season in Europe, but for me it must be more true than just the present. I took the time and listened to my feelings, "said Kruse in July kicker"I just want to broaden my horizons and try to prove myself in another country – just like I did in Germany for the last 13 years."
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From a sporting point of view, he took his first steps, even if he had to change place.
"The Turks are no longer as far away as in Germany, everything is a little more dignified, everything is set over time, meetings are changed quickly," Kruse said before the start of the season and set a goal: "Basically I'm trying to bring my performance and not be impressed external influences. "
Fenerbahce from the table basement back upstairs
After a chaotic preseason, in which Fenerbahce stayed in the relegation zone for a long time, Kruse as a supplier also got a good start to the season with 10 points and second place. Recently, a photomontage with the magician Kruse circulated on Twitter.
Kruse is just one of the new but well-known faces that Fenerbahce should restore to its former strength thanks to his experience. Former Bayern star Luiz Gustavo provides order in the defensive midfielder, and in defense is even the world champion 2018 with Adil Rami.
Fenerbahce will face the first real weekend test in a derby match against champion Galatasaray.
Fener's hopes rest with Kruse again. If he celebrated his goal debut in the city's derby, he would eventually come to Istanbul.