Nani is lighting up Turkey after leaving Manchester United

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There have been a number of high-profile transfers from the Premier League to the Turkish Süper Lig this summer, and most of them seem to be having a positive impact for their new clubs.

Last season's champions Galatasaray have started the term poorly, with just five points in their first four matches, as they watch their Istanbul rivals Besiktas and Fenerbahce do battle at the summit of the league.

Lukas Podolski scored his second goal in his first four games for Galatasaray and already looks at home with his new side, linking up particularly well with Wesley Sneijder and Burak Yilmaz.


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With that trio of exciting attacking trio, Galatasaray will hope to give a better account of themselves in the Champions League than they did last season where finished bottom of their group.

While Galatasaray have had a stuttering start to their domestic campaign, the opposite can be said about Fenerbahce who, with three wins and a draw in their opening four games, look the real deal.

With veteran Portuguese defender Bruno Alves at the back, they look resolute and hard to break down and Souza and Mehmet Topal give them legs and bite in midfield.

It is going forward, however, that Fener look particularly potent. Their huge recruitment drive this summer saw them buy the Süper Lig's top scorer from last season, Fernandão from Bursaspor, Lazar Markovic has been brought in on loan to add pace to the wings and most significantly Nani and Robin van Persie were bought from Man United to add real star quality to their attack.

After a bright start for the Dutchman, which saw him score two goals with his first two shots for his new side, he has slowed down a bit on the scoring front and has been used on the wing too in order to accommodate the attacking talents of Fernandão and Moussa Sow.

Nani shining for Fener

It is the maverick winger, Nani, however, who looks the most exciting new recruit. Few have doubted his talent over the years and he has shown glimpses of why Sir Alex Ferguson decided to spend so much money for him as a youngster, but, now the ex-Man United star looks liberated and has the space to express himself with Fenerbahce. 

Never one that enjoys tracking back, Nani has been freed of his defensive responsibilities and is now playing the wing role that suits him best. It has been clear that this is where he is at his devastating best and this is illustrated too in his statistics of two goals and two assists in his first four games with Fenerbahce. 

With the eagerly-awaited Fenerbahce v Galatasaray derby just over a month away, Nani and company will hope to build on their current five-point advantage over their bitter rivals, and keep their fingers crossed that like Chelsea, last season's champions in England, current Süper Lig title holders Galatasaray continue to slip up and drop points.

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