Mehmet Ekici has scored most direct free-kick goals in Europe

Mehmet Ekici has scored most free-kick goals in Europe [divider]

Trabzonspor midfielder Mehmet Ekici scored a brace and provided an assist in the Black Sea Storms 3-2 win over Karabükspor in the Süper Lig on Monday.

Ekici has now scored four free-kick goals this season – the highest number of goals scored directly from set pieces in the top five European league according to Opta.

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The Turkish international has scored four free kick goals from 13 attempts. Zlatko Junuzović has also scored four times directly from set-pieces but from 16 attempts.

Daniel Wass, Hakan Çalhanoğlu and Hiroshe Kiyotake have all scored three free-kick goals.

Ekici has been involved in 10 of Trabzonspor’s 14 Super Lig goals in 2015.

The 24-year-old has scored seven Süper Lig goals this season, equal to what he managed in 73 appearances in the Bundesliga over four years.

The Turkish international has a total of nine goals and nine assists in all competitions for Trabzonspor this season.