Trabzonspor Sign Florent Malouda For Much Needed Experience

By Aydin Reyhan
Florent Malouda (left)
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Former French international midfielder Florent Malouda has decided to join the Turkish Super League‘s well known Black Sea side, Trabzonspor.

He is best known for his days at Lyon and Chelsea, but now at the age of 33, the twilight of his career is rapidly approaching so playing in Turkey is a nice way to continue for a player of his abilities.

As a left midfielder/winger, his job is to use his skill and pace to run up and down the wing to assist both his defense as well as his offense. His strength is admirable and his keen eye for goal makes him dangerous for opponents.

Malouda scored 35 times for Chelsea in 149 appearances, and before that he scored 25 goals for Lyon in 138 appearances. That is not a great track record scoring wise, but the fact that he had that many appearances for both clubs shows that he is not injury prone and puts his team first.

Now, for his new adventure in Trabzon, he needs to play a leadership role for a club that is very inconsistent. There are a lot of young, talented players that tend to do their own thing — instead of listening to the coach, they like to dribble and show off their skill and if they are lucky, finish with a beautiful goal or assist. Most of the time when a youngster plays with his heart and mind without leadership or direction, he tends to get lost on the field and makes one mistake after the other. This is where Malouda can come in.

Malouda has a vast amount of European as well as international experience which can be key to Trabzonspor’s league and perhaps European performance this upcoming season. If he plays well and gets the others to play at the same concentrated level as him, this team can definitely soar to new heights.

Stay tuned for the Turkish Super League which commences on the weekend of August 16, 2013.

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