Turkish football expert writes what ‘no one is interested in reading’ about Loris Karius

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 Loris Karius has been getting heckled in recent weeks.  His performances on the pitch for Besiktas have not impressed those in Turkey.  The German goalkeeper is currently on a two-year loan, but reports have emerged suggesting that the club want to send him back prematurely just three months into his spell.  Karius’ agent, Florian Goll, even felt compelled to address those rumours.  “Complete nonsense,” he said, per the Daily Express.”I wonder where things come from. This news is completely untrue.  “Loris is on loan to Besiktas for two years – that’s the situation. The club has no intention of ending this loan contract prematurely.”  It seems that Karius cannot do anything right. All the reports coming out of Turkey seem to be negative.  However, Turkish football expert Emre Sarigul has revealed that those reports are wide of the mark.  He has written in a piece for the Guardian: “There have been a few shaky moments. Karius has looked suspect dealing with crosses and aerial balls at times.   “Karius has conceded 15 goals in 10 starts for the Black-Whites but raw statistics can be misleading. Karius has been playing behind a back four that has been struggling for consistency since Pepe picked up an injury.  “Besiktas have conceded seven goals in three games without the former Real Madrid centre-back, while luck has not been on their side this season: there have already been three own goals.  “It is also worth highlighting that Karius has made important saves to rescue his side. Besiktas are fourth in the league, only three points behind the leaders, Basaksehir, whom they play on Sunday.”  Sarigul then noted that the biggest reason why Karius is being heckled by the Turkish media is that ‘news about the Liverpool loanee sells’.  “Turkish papers have caught on to the fact that stories criticising Karius tend to get picked up and shared in the UK,” he writes.  “There seems to be some schadenfreude at work but the bottom line is these rumours have popular appeal.”  Sarigul notes that Besiktas are happy with Karius and praises his interactions with the fans.  “Contrary to popular belief the Besiktas management are happy with Karius and are bewildered by claims they want to get rid of him.  “The general feeling at the club is that Karius has settled in well to life in the city. He did not have a pre-season with the team but has adapted quickly.  “The German has gone out of his way to make an effort with the fans. He has not locked himself away on the outskirts of the city as high-profile players who arrive in Istanbul often do.”  And Sarigul concludes by writing that it’s best to ignore the media coverage and that his performances have been fine.  “It is best to ignore the bad media coverage Karius has been getting. He has not played badly but it seems that no one is interested in reading about the goalkeeper doing quite well.”  It seems Karius is not doing that badly at Besiktas, after all