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Robin van Persie growing frustrated at Fenerbahce

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He was lauded as the finest signing in Fenerbahce's history and a player that could immediately transform the Istanbul club into favourites for the Super Lig title this season.

But since his arrival in Turkey, which has seen him regain his sharpness and fitness, Robin van Persie is "not very happy at this moment" after being left on the bench for Fener's clash with Bursaspor.

Portuguese coach Vitor Pereira made a number of changes for the home fixture against Bursaspor as he tinkered with the formation in order to play a more compact three in midfield, while still using the threat of their tricky wingers Nani and Liverpool loanee Lazar Markovic.

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It was at centre forward that the selection surprise came, with the so-far ineffective Fernandão chosen to lead the line against his former club with whom he lit up the Super Lig and won the Golden Boot for last season. 

Van Persie has started the season well with a number of sharp performances and has scored three goals in his first month in Istanbul. The latest goal came against Bursaspor as he was introduced as a 76th-minute substitute, replacing Markovic, who himself looks at home with Fenerbahce.

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Timely reminder

The Dutch marksman provided a timely reminder to his manager of his talents by scoring the decisive goal three minutes after his introduction as Fenerbahce extended their gap at the summit of the Super Lig. 

But despite scoring, Van Persie admitted he was upset by being left on the bench and now believes that he is fully fit, after a career hampered by injury.

He is quoted as saying: "I was not happy that I started on the bench. I am fully fit, physically very well and able to play for 90 minutes.

"The only right answer I could give was with what I did: helping the team to get the victory."

Why?

Van Persie has only once played a full match with his new employers this season. Perhaps Pereira is protecting his prized asset against injury as he faces a long season of football, or perhaps he simply believes that he has other strikers that merit a place in the starting team ahead of him.

What's for sure is that he may have a wantaway striker before too long if he continues to leave him twiddling his thumbs on the bench.

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