Emmanuel Emenike is a player that divides opinion between football fans. He has plenty of quality and has the ability to win games by himself but, all too often, he frustrates fans with a lack of consistency, and negative demeanour on the pitch.
But this is no excuse for the abuse from Fenerbahce fans that resulted in quite incredible scenes at the weekend. During his side's eventual 1-0 win over Besiktas, who were four points ahead pre-match, Emenike was subject to an incredible amount of vitriol, some of it racist, after missing the chance to put Fenerbahce into the lead.
Subsequently, the Nigerian attempted to walk off the pitch, even taking his shirt off in a bid to get substituted.
Turkish football fans are not known for courtesy, but usually it is the opponents and their players who receive abuse. It therefore shook me to see what events were occurring at Fenerbahce.
It is not uncommon for fans to be frustrated with players, and this to transpire into negative responses on the terraces. One thing that it is very rare to see, however, is even a small amount of fans booing a single player, for Emenike however, the entire Sukru Saracoglu Stadium turned on him for his derby performance.
The game was eventually won by the home side, with a second half, stoppage time winner by former LOSC Lille forward Moussa Sow. Despite getting the bragging rights, the focus has been upon how the Fenerbahce fans conducted themselves. And quite rightly so.
It would not be surprising to see Emenike force a transfer from Fenerbahce in the summer following this vicious and abhorrent behaviour from his own supporters. There will likely be sides in the Premier League monitoring developments.
He could fit in well at a club like Swansea, who are in search of an exciting striker following the sale of Wilfried Bony to Manchester City in the January transfer window. But there will no doubt be numerous suitors for the 27-year-old.
English football could be exactly what Emenike is made for, with his pace and power likely to cause havoc for top-flight defences. Watch this space.
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