Adebayor, Clichy, Robinho… the washed-up Premier League stars now smashing it in Turkey

ISTANBUL BASAKSEHIR have been the story of the season in Turkey, storming to the top of the Super Lig table.

The Turkish club were reformed under their new name just four years ago having originally been founded in 1990, under the name “Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyespor”.

This is one potential Istanbul Basaksehir line-up, packed with ex-Prem stars
This is one potential Istanbul Basaksehir line-up, packed with ex-Prem stars
Robinho is just one former Premier League star to play for Istanbul Basaksehir
Robinho is just one former Premier League star to play for Istanbul Basaksehir
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However, they’ve thrown huge money at reforming their squad to become genuine Super Lig challengers.

Now, six points clear of Galatasaray at the top of the table, it appears the financial influx has reaped the rewards.

Istanbul Basaksehir have won 11 of their 18 league games, losing just twice – scoring 26 goals and conceding just ten.

But with the team they’re able to call on week-in, week-out, it’s hardly a surprise.

Istanbul Basaksehir have Emmanuel Adebayor on the books this season
Istanbul Basaksehir have Emmanuel Adebayor on the books this season
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Demba Ba is one potential attacking star Istanbul Basaksehir can call on
Demba Ba is one potential attacking star Istanbul Basaksehir can call on
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Gael Clichy is just one ex-Prem star in the Istanbul Basaksehir squad
Gael Clichy is just one ex-Prem star in the Istanbul Basaksehir squad
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In fact, one potential starting XI reads like a who’s-who of 2000s superstars.

One attacking trio the club are able to thrown onto the pitch boasts Emmanuel Adebayor, Demba Ba and Robinho.

A midfield four of Emre, Kerim Frei, Arda Turan and Gokhan Inler sits behind that, with even more talent in defence.

Ex-Arsenal and Manchester City full-back Gael Clichy is on the books – as is ex-Bundesliga ace Junior Caicara, alongside former Bayern Munich defender Serdar Tasci.

Ex-Barcelona star Arda Turan is on the books of Istanbul Basaksehir
Ex-Barcelona star Arda Turan is on the books of Istanbul Basaksehir
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