Selcuk Sahin is actually the only player who has a bigger head than Arda.
Untill the point where Ekici got subbed off, he had probably managed to deliver like 2/10 passes to his own teammates (back-pass x2) and the rest went straight to the kazak players. I bet he was the Kazak-supporters favourite player that day
So basically Emre and Selcuk were already controlling the midfield by theirselves. It took them the extra-effort though, since with Ekici it was like we had only 10 players. It's not easy for the players when the season hasn't even started yet... it's probably why Emre's calf called it a day and he had to stop so early.
The fact that Hiddink decided to sub in a defensive midfielder for an attacking midfielder only helped to release weight off from Selcuk's and Emre's shoulders. Hiddink should've taken Ekici off earlier.. or better yet, he shouldn't have played.
In the past 4 matches for W.Bremen, he's only started once and he had an injury during their pre-season. I would ask, what the hell is he doing in the starting lineup of Turkish NT? Anyway, atleast we won that match.
I think that Hiddink made some mistakes at the beginning of the campaign.. such as calling up old farts like Ömer Erdogan to play vs Germany. I was a critisizer of Hiddink a while ago myself too.
Lately, I've seen some improvement though. Hiddink is the guy who can establish a big team mentality for the Turkish National team and bring tactical discipline. Something people were screaming for when we still had Fatih Terim.
If Hiddink can't do this, then who else can? Don't expect some turkish manager to take this NT to a new level.