Tuncay Sanli has backed the struggling Radamel Falcao to overcome his sluggish start and become a key man in Galatasaray’s title push.
Since completing a free transfer from AS Monaco, Falcao has only found the back of the net once in his five outings in Turkey for Galatasaray.
The Colombian striker’s woes in front of goal come possibly at the very worst time for Fatih Terim’s side, who sit down in 10th-place in the Turkish Super Lig table on just 10 points from seven games.
It leaves the defending champions with a bit of an uphill task on their hands to win a third successive crown.
But Tuncay, who won three titles in his time with Galatasaray’s rivals Fenerbahce, expects the club will soon be able to count on a return to form for the misfiring Falcao.
“Of course, he [Falcao] is shocked now a bit because everyone here is looking at him. All the fans at all clubs,” the ex-Turkish striker told Goal.
“He is a really big, big player but only one player isn’t enough. It is important that the whole team comes together to help him.
“When he is in the 18-yard box, he will score. He is a big player but he still needs time. Everywhere it is the same if you are a big name and that means pressure. It is too early now [to make judgements]. Lots of teams have started poorly. That’s the situation.”
Tuncay’s old side Fenerbahce, meanwhile, are recovering from some serious financial problems that have dogged them over the past few seasons. However, they do sit a point above Galatasaray in fifth.
“Fenerbahce have started well,” continued Tuncay.
“Galatasaray are distracted by the Champions League and they have only signed players late. That’s the problem. It is too early. Only seven weeks in. They needed the national team break. They can get better.
“Things are better for Fener now. The financial issues have been the problem, a big problem to me. They are going well, they have made good transfers. They are doing well on the pitch and I think they can be champions.”
Falcao and Galatasaray return to action on October 18 at home to second-place Sivasspor.