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The forward is receptive of his new team-mates approach to the game, and sees himself as one of the squad's leaders

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Guus Hetterscheld

Fenerbahce striker Dirk Kuyt has praised the passion of Turkish players and fans alike, but conceded his side need calming figures to keep temperaments at bay.

The Yellow Canaries are set to face domestic rivals Besiktas on Sunday, and, speaking to Goal.com following his the Yellow Canaries 4-2 Europa League triumph away to Borussia Monchengladbach, the Netherlands international addressed his position in the squad as well as the recent departure of club veteran Alex.

"I'm one of the most experienced figures in the group," the 32-year old stated.

"Together with Raul Mereiles and Mehmet Topal, who played for Valencia, I'm supposed to lead the team. An example is the acts of Caner Erkin [in the match vs. Monchengladbach]. He already had a yellow card, but continued to protest, so I tried to keep him away before he got a needless second yellow.

"The lads just have a lot of heart and passion. Am I a father-figure? I suppose you could say that," the Katwijk native revealed.


"Am I a father figure? I suppose you could say that. I'm one of the most experienced figures."

- Dirk Kuyt

The former Liverpool man recently returned from injury and scored his side's third goal against in the enthralling victory, and the Dutchman was pleased with his return to form. The forward also cited the victory as a welcome response to recent turmoil at the club following the termination long-serving midfielder Alex's contract.

"It was a great night thanks to a fantastic win. It's nice to come back like this, and we needed this victory. There's been plenty of activity in and around the club, following the departure of Alex."

Sunday's clash between Fener and Besiktas is scheduled to kick off at 16:00 UTC.

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