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Sunday, 21 March 2010 18:46

Makukula fails to shine in front of Queiroz

Ankaragucu 3-0 Kayserispor

Carlos Queiroz picked an unfortunate weekend to travel to see Ariza Makukula in action in Turkey. The Portugal boss was in attendance as the on-loan Benfica striker’s team Kayserispor were well beaten by Ankaragucu in the capital.

Makukula came into the game in exceptional form, having scored 12 goals in his last 12 league matches. The 29-year-old currently tops the goalscoring charts in the Super Lig with eighteen goals, leading many to argue the case that Makukula is worthy of international consideration.

Although he failed to score in a heavy 3-0 defeat, Makukula did win a penalty for his side when the match was still goalless. However, the Portuguese did not take the spot kick himself and it was subsequently saved. Geremi gave the hosts the lead from a penalty at the other end shortly afterwards, and Robert Vittek bagged a brace to give the hosts a comfortable win.

Makukula remained on the pitch for the full ninety minutes, but will be disappointed not to have continued his excellent goalscoring form as Queiroz watched from the stands.

By Sean Gillen

Comments (5)
5 Tuesday, 23 March 2010 02:48
Yeah i agree with Fresh,CQ can't judge makukula's performance on one match,,CQ should watch kayserispor matches more often,,but i'm glad because CQ started noticing him..hope CQ consider to give him a call up although he played poor in front of him yesterday,at least he know that maku is currently top scorer in super lig
Bring him on
4 Tuesday, 23 March 2010 01:53
People keep saying all this guy can do is tap goals in the net if he's fed the ball. Well we have Ronaldo and Simao that give some of the world's best support to a striker. What we have been missing is someone who can just get that basic shot in the net, that simple tap in that people complained about in the past about Makukula. At the very least I hope he gets call back to his main team of Benfica for next year.
Still no reason to overlook Maku
3 Monday, 22 March 2010 21:43
If Queiroz was going to make up his mind on the basis of one game, which I am sure he is more intelligent than that, then its unfortunate it had to be this one. No doubt Queiroz and his scouts have been impressed by the stats Maku is producing over in Turkey, but what should alarm him even more than an underwhelming 1 game performance by Makukula...is the consistently mediocre performance of Almeida, who has had extensive contact with in trainign and observed in games. In my opinion its still well worth the risk to shake up the team by adding Maku. Queiroz either does that or he's left with a huge question up front. I would rather have a potential ace up my sleeve in the form of Makukula, who very well could shine if given the chance, rather than have a static offence that scores 1 goal out of every 20 or so shots (I just completely made up this last stat but you get the point, we have very poor finishing with the current squad, case in point...the China friendly).

So mix it up, bring him on the squad, or...plan C....give citizenship to Di Maria right now haha
2 Sunday, 21 March 2010 22:36
Queiroz can't make a judgement on one match he needs to travel to Turkey more often.
1 Sunday, 21 March 2010 19:09
I hate this coach. wtf.. no team chemistry when you keep mixing players. stupid idiot. I dont care if Scolari left behind an old squad. We are better off using Sporting CP at the world cup. Less quality but plays like a team. why doesnt this dumbass learn something. Instead of calling up 20 players before the next friendly. Form a solid line up and use the last few warmup games to help the players understand each others role and build team chemistry.

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