The Dutchman’s time with Fenerbahce is proving frustrating to say the least after he was benched for another crucial game in the Europa League.
Robin Van Persie cut a frustrated figure on the Fenerbahce bench, though not for the first time, with the Dutchman forced to watch on as his main rival for a starting spot put in another impressive shift.
The Dutchman’s frustrations with life at the Istanbul club are well documented, with the 32-year-old far from a guaranteed starter under manager Vitor Pereira.
When Van Persie first agreed to swap Manchester United for Fenerbahce, he most likely assumed that he would be assured of a place in the Fener first team.
But Pereira has preferred to rotate between RVP and Brazilian striker Fernandao.
And though Van Persie has racked up a solid return of six goals in 19 appearances to date, he’s often found himself playing second fiddle.
Their Europa League trip to Molde provided a perfect example, with the Dutchman coming on for the final four minutes of the Turkish side’s 2-0 win.
A crucial victory that kept their hopes of qualification, and perhaps even topping the group, alive RVP could only watch on as Fernandao impressed with the opening goal on 68 minutes.
But despite his protestations, the stats back up the Brazilian’s inclusion in the team because, while Van Persie has scored just one goal in seven European appearances this term, Fernandao has five in the same number of matches
The former Manchester United man also looked rusty once he did come off the bench, missing a late chance to add a third.
Should his spell on the sidelines continue then a move away from Istanbul could be on the cards.