Trabzonspor vs Kasimpasa by Isaiah
After a stormy last season, things at Trabzon are changing. They failed in every competition, cup, league and Europe, had successive changes in the coaching stuff, nasty reactions from the fans, punishments, indiscipline cases of players, scary financial problems, generally always negative news.
Now things are more clear. They have a venerable form to the bench, Ersun Yanal, and everything will pass through his hands. He already changed the whole scouting department of the club, and the new players that came to the club was under his scouting suggestions. Although they have many limits in transfers due to financial fair play, they managed to bring some good names there.
Experienced Slovak defender Jan Durica from Loko Moscow, Nigerian midfielder Ogenyi Onazi of Lazio, the Argentinean left back Luis Ibanez from Red Star, Korean forward Hyun-Hun Suk from Porto, Colombian international winger Fabian Castillo from Dallas, and mifielder Matus Bero from Trencin, signed as first choices to the first eleven, while a big clear up was made and many players released. Generally they are now released from the heavy contracts, and without the very mixed squad with lot of nationalities they had.
The full roster now shows quality, and things are really more organized and serious. They are able to claim this year a position in the top six, especially when you consider that in the mid-autumn they will enter in their new stadium of 41.641 spectators. So they start today with a completely different starting point and conditions, but with two common things compared to the end of last season. Against Kasimpasa, who met them again in the last game of the season, where Trabzon fielded young kids and Kasimpasa won 0:6, and the fact that they will play in empty seats. There is still a ban from last season.
Kasimpasa lost the European ticket last season and this had an effect, as the main sponsors significantly reduced the available fluid, which had obvious effects in the shaping of their roster. All their key and star players left the team for several reasons, including precious playmaker Oscar Scarione and top scorer Eren Derdiyok, while their replacements are of uknown quality and of low value.
They spent only 350k for six replacements, mainly with loan deals, and mostly young players and uknown names (Sadiku from Mersin IY, Altintas from Hamburger, Sahin from Gencler, Otigba from Heerenveen, Etoundi from Zurich and Yasar from Sariyer). Their coach is asking for transfers, trying to cover the various rumors about payment delays which have already begun to move. Now they must adapt to the reality in order to avoid adventures, as they already shown some very mediocre image to the preseason friendlies.
- Kasimpasa is undefeated in their last 8 matches against Trabzonspor in all competitions.
All in all, teams are going to different directions. Trabzon going up, Kasimpasa going down. Although Trabzon will play without fans, and they have a bad head to head record against Kasimpasa, they are a more solid and quality team at the moment, nothing to remember last season, while Kasimpasa has to face problems and will need time to adapt to the new reality.