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Ford's Focus - Meet Buruk Yilmaz, Trabzonspor's 25 goals in 20 games striker

When Buruk Yilmaz scored a brace for Trabzonspor against Ankaragucu last weekend, the Turkish striker took his Super Lig tally to 25 for the season.

A remarkable figure considering he has only featured in 20 games. Yilmaz’s closest rival is Genclerbirligi’s Cameroonian attacker Herve Tum, who is 15 goals behind with 10 so far.

The 26 year-old frontman hasn’t exactly set the world of Turkish football alight, but soon rose to prominence when he joined Trabzonspor in the summer of 2010. Starting out at Antalyaspor in 2002, Yilmaz went on to make 70 appearances for the Antalya based team, scoring 18 goals.

Two seaons spent at Turkish giants Besiktas from 2006 were far from prolific with six goals from 39 games. Yilmaz then spent half a season at Manisaspor where he did manage a more impressive nine goals in 16 matches.

This half-season display led to Fenerbahce signing the young striker in the summer of 2008, but apart from a loan spell at Eskisehirspor where he managed 14 appearances, Yilmaz only appeared on six occasions for Turkey’s most successful team.

Yilmaz first featured for the national side back in 2006 but appearances have been limited with 13 to his name. His first goals for the team came recently, scoring in three Euro 2012 qualifiers in June, September and October, with the latter the goal that sent Turkey into the play-offs.

Yilmaz’s move to Trabzonspor could be seen as his last chance at Super Lig level and he certainly didn’t waste the opportunity. In his first full season, the striker’s 19 league goals helped fire his side to second in the league and a Champions League place.

This season Yilmaz has been even more prolific and Trabzonspor might struggle to keep hold of their star player in the summer with a number of European clubs reported to be interested in him.

By Nick Ford


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