At 31, Max Kruse probably had one last big move in him.
A nomadic German international who has courted controversy off the pitch as often as he’s been the difference on it, Kruse has spent the last three years at Werder Bremen in the form of his life.
A tally of 35 goals and 30 assists in 95 games speak volumes about a late-blooming forward who blossomed from an inconsistent centre-forward into a magnificent number 10 during his time in northern Germany.
Such outstanding displays even triggered talk of a shock move to the Premier League. Deich Stube in April linked Tottenham Hotspur with Kruse while Sport1 reported that Champions of Europe Liverpool were keen to snap up the former Monchengladbach forward on a free transfer.
Jurgen Klopp certainly knows Kruse well, naming him as his 2013/14 Bundesliga Player of the Year when speaking to DW.
But it seems very unlikely now that English audiences will ever get to see one of the most underrated attackers anywhere in Europe produce those glorious finishes or perfectly weighted assists in the flesh.
Fenerbahce broke the news on Wednesday that Kruse has instead decided to move abroad for the first time in his career, signing a three-year deal with the Turkish Super Lig giants.
Yes, he’ll be the star man in Istanbul rather than a squad player at Spurs or Liverpool. But you can’t help feeling that this is a missed opportunity - for everyone involved.
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