It has all gone rather pear-shaped for Robin van Persie, a man who was considered to be one of the best strikers in world football just two years ago.
The 32-year-old overcame significant injury problems to become a star for Arsene Wenger's Arsenal and later earned himself a move to Manchester United, where he secured his second consecutive golden boot as well as a Premier League winner's medal.
But that was 2013. Now, the Netherlands international is struggling to find the back of the net in the Turkish Super Lig and regularly finds himself sitting on Fenerbahce's bench.
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His poor form has seen him linked with a swift exit from Turkey with Feyenoord, the club he left in 2004 to join Arsenal, apparently interested in a deal.
The speculation was intensified when Fenerbahce were credited with an interest in Brazil international striker Fred, who would only serve to increase the competition up front.
Keeping the faith
However, despite the cost of having him in the squad, and the claim that club president Aziz Yildirim has already turned against him, Fenerbahce are ready to give Van Persie at least the rest of the season to turn it around whether they sign Fred of not.
Fenerbahce pulled out all the stops to sign Van Persie from the Red Devils, agreeing to absorb his massive £250,000-a-week wages as well as a small transfer fee. However, after a poor start to the season, they may be regretting such an outlay.
Poor form & controversy
Van Persie has netted four goals in 11 appearances in the Super Lig and just one in six Europa League appearance. His perceived lack of effort convinced manager Vitor Pereira to drop him, to which the Dutchman responded in a public vent of anger.
"To be honest, I am not very happy at this moment," he told Lig TV.
"I was not happy that I started on the bench. I am fully fit, physically very well and able to play for 90 minutes."
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