Arda Turan has had a pretty outstanding start to his Barcelona career. The bearded winger provided his second assist in his second league game in the 6-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao over over the weekend.
Turan setup Luis Suarez with the fifth goal after coming on as a substitute at half-time replacing Lionel Messi.
— AslanOnline (@Aslan10line) January 18, 2016
The Turkish international star has featured in the reigning La Liga champions last four games since making his debut against rivals Espanyol in the Spanish Cup a fortnight ago.
Barcelona have won all four games since Turan made his debut scoring a whopping 16 goals and conceding just once.
We took a look at social media to get a feel of how Barcelona fans responded to his most recent performance.
The following tweeter decided to share his individual stats from the game against Bilbao which were pretty impressive for 45 minutes work.
Arda Turan vs Bilbao 45 mins 31 passes 90% pass accuracy 1 assist 1 accurate long pass 1 dribble 1 tackle 1 chance created
— Preciy™ (@BarcaLens) January 17, 2016
Several fans praised the ‘bearded genius’ for yet another stand out performance and assist.
@ArdaTuran congrats for another assist your bearded genius
— Vinicius Alexandre (@vdlow) January 17, 2016
Arda Turan is a baller. The calmness from Suarez is unreal. https://t.co/0LL7ngwCyY
— Niko (@Nikomarvel) January 17, 2016
Turan’s versatility was also highlighted. The 28-year-old winger has now played in four different positions in his last four games.
Arda Turan has played at 4 different positions in his 4 games with Barcelona so far #fcblive [via sport]
— barcastuff (@barcastuff) January 18, 2016
Turan has also been breaking stereotypes. The 28-year-old may have a reputation as being a hard-working, no-nonsense winger but he initially made a name for himself as a technical player – a lazy one – at Galatasaray before developing a more assiduous nature under the stewardship of Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid.
They couldn't be more wrong. Arda Turan is as technical as it gets. https://t.co/k0PgIZmfGn
— Sergi Domínguez (@FutbolSergi) January 18, 2016