At 16 years of age, Akyol was a prodigy.
He was destined to become the next big scorer following in the footsteps of Erman Kunter, Harun Erdenay, İbrahim Kutluay.
He was the great big hope although maybe expectations came too soon and were also too high.
Maybe Akyol was not ready.
Whatever the reason, Akyol never came close enough to fulfilling the potential that many had seen him.
In recent years, as expectations grew into frustration, his performances hit rock bottom.
It got so bad two seasons ago that he was given personal leave from the team.
Many thought he could never recover from the emotional blow and never find his self-confidence again.
But playing in Italy and staying away from Turkey and its carefully watching eyes has rejuvenated him.
He might never be the superstar Turkey needs but he can provide some of the outside scoring touch this team sorely needs.
He might be a little bit slow but his unparalleled fundamentals and shooting touch always make him dangerous.
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