Goal-hungry Bulut on fast forward to the future

Kerem Bulut is determined to return to his striking roots to fast-track his future as his frustration mounts at being played out of position at Greek Super League club Iraklis.

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The former Western Sydney Wanderers firebrand, who struck six goals in 13 games during his short-term stint, has made 21 appearances this season – all as a winger.

And while the 23 year-old is grateful to be playing first team football in a tough European league, he sees his long-term role as an out-and-out striker, rather than as wide man.

Asked to sum up his season with just three games remaining, Bulut, who has a year left on his two-year deal, replied: “In terms of the position it's not how I’d have liked it.

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“I have played all year as winger, not one game upfront. I wouldn’t say it been a disappointment but I would say that I’d rather play in a role where I am really comfortable and where I know I can do the job.

“In the system and formation that we play a lot of time I am far away from the goal and I am doing a lot of defensive work. You just have to be professional about it and get on with the job.

“But my next move, whether it’s here in Greece, or elsewhere in Europe will be to find somewhere where I can play up front and be in my natural position.

“I want to be in and around the penalty box and score goals. I have nothing against the wing but as a player you want to do what you do best. I have been a striker for as long as I can remember.”



With just one goal to his name in a role where he has turned creator rather than poacher, Bulut believes he has at least added another dimension to his normally dynamic attacking game.

“I think I have matured a lot this year, by playing in this different formation and I have kept my cool so far this year and just done what I’ve been required to do," he added.

“I’ve played over 20 games this year, so I must be doing something right. It’s been a good first year for me in Europe. And for now I will do what I have to do to help the team, and hopefully my next move, or even if I stay here, will be as a number nine.”



Asked if he expected to be at the club next season, Bulut responded: “To be honest, I don’t know at this stage. My contract says I have another year. We will see what happens … you never know.

“For now I am here and there are games to play before the end of the season.”

While he has yet to receive a senior national team call-up, the former youth star is on the radar and has been included on several extended squad lists and remains determined to force his way into contention on the road to Russia 2018.

“There has been some contact in recent months. They track a lot of players and it’s good that they have noticed me. I am just doing my job at the moment," he said.

"The main thing for me are to stay here (in Europe) and play and be professional and do my job.

“I am on radar and it’s a goal to aim at and gives me that extra push to reach level I want to. I just want to finish the season strongly and hopefully something will happen.

“There’s the game against England coming up next month (27 May at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light) and of course I’d love to be involved.”


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Published 5 April 2016 at 1:42pm