Badou Ndiaye attempts to make piece with his former club
Senegalese international Badou Ndiaye has completed a season-long loan to his former club Galatasaray. Just seven months after leaving the Turkish giants for the Premier League football - his intentions to stay did not include playing in the Championship.
His story is quite an odd one. During last season Papa Alioune Ndiaye aka Badou Ndiaye was not content at Galatasaray Spor Kulubu. He made just 17 appearances throughout the 2017-18 season and scored one solitary goal but with interest coming in, his mind was elsewhere. Knowing he could earn more and play in the Premier League was an option that he could not refuse.
Ndiaye is an ambitious player and tries to get the best deal for himself, rather than for the club he is playing for. This isn't a condemning of the midfielder but a view to what type of player he is. He did score twice at Stoke City but he promised more quality. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough but now he has returned to Istanbul.
There was criticism from Stoke City fans after his reviewed stay at the club. Signing for £14 million and returning two goals in 13 appearances isn't exactly the worst but the promise of delivering more let the fans down.
Due to financial fair-play rules in the Championship, Ndiaye is not allowed to be sold. Therefore, being loaned out is the only option. But the odd situation is the 27-year-old heading back to the very club that he wasn't happy at. He now seeks to make amends though as Fatih Terim is in charge, replacing the sacked Igor Tudor. The former Turkish national team manager has a great reputation with Galatasaray. Especially as a player. With 11 seasons played at the club, he is a well-respected character, not just in Istanbul but in Turkey also.
Badou joins up with many of his former teammates who will instantly be catching up with how his brief time in England was. Other players who joined during the summer that are notable include Everton's Henry Onyekuru and Internazionale's Yuto Nagatomo. These players already add to the few that can push for a title-winning campaign. Uruguayan keeper Fernando Muslera is vice-caption while Selcuk Inan possesses captain's orders.
Galatasaray also holds a trio of Brazilians in their squad. This includes former Manchester City defensive midfielder Fernando, ex-Sevilla right-back Mariano is another and ex-Sao Paolo centre-back Maicon completes the list. Other notable names within the squad include Younes Belhanda, Ryan Donk and Sofiane Feghouli. With Badou Ndiaye joining back there is a real mix of nationalities at the Turkish club.
The Senegalese international who was part of the World Cup 2018 squad likes to tackle from the centre of the field. He also prefers to shoot from distance and create indirect set-piece threats. But his downfall is his discipline and his passing. The former spills off the pitch and not just on it.
With Gary Rowett the new manager at Stoke City, he knew Ndiaye wasn't willing to play at Championship level so pretty much left him completely out of contention. Knowing he would cause tension within the squad letting him go is probably the best choice. Ndiaye's new venture is a more promising one though with a shot at a title and a chance for a new start.
Whether the Sari-Kirmizililar fans will enjoy Ndiaye's company this campaign is a question on their lips but can he actually complete a season without causing a bit of controversy?