petreleo wrote:He started last Season brilliantly, especially in the UCL group-stages and qualifying matches, but since then age seems to have affected him more than ever before. He got two injuries in the past 6 months, as well I think.
The paradox here is that he is expected to play quite a big role this Season APOEL, after the departures of Sallai and Oar who can play Left-Wing as their or one of their favourite-position(s). Efrem who is 1st-choice right now for there, seems really injury-prone since the start of last Season and currently out injured, and if APOEL's new coach doesn't play a player like Zahid out of position at Left-Wing, then Aloneftis is expected to play frequently as a starter.
From what I have watched from Aloneftis this Season when he has returned from his shoulder injury recently, when he starts matches from the start he seems to cross more often than before, and more than what it is needed. The reason is that he doesn't seem to have the power to make those dribbling runs he used to do when he was younger, and because of that he tries to cross more instead. I think right now he is far more useful for the team as a super-sub and come and make the difference from the bench, but as the team needs him as a starter, they cannot afford to do so.
Many stats need downgrades, especially speed-stats, unfortunately, and maybe Early-Cross Card should be added as well, because of the above
Also,"Darting Run" should also be Removed, and "Early Cross" to be Added.
He has played little last Season, despite expectations that he would play a part, as well as little for the majority of this Season as well, but in the last few weeks he surprisingly arose as an option for new manager Marinos Ouzounides, given the bad form of the other attackers at the club, and he was given a run in the team. However, he has been nowhere near as good as he had been in the past, even until two years ago when he was playing very well as a starter in the Champions League.
Physically he has declined considerably, he is not a great dribbler anymore, defensively not solid as he had been in the past, and his assets at the moment are crossing-ability, and ability to find some good positions in the final-third to receive the ball and play passes/crosses from there, something which helps mainly against small team that defend deep. He is indeed still capable of making two-three (even a bit more) class actions per game, mainly escaping the markers to receive the ball and play a good cross/cut-back into the area, but over the course of a 90-minute match he doesn't affect the game much. Could have possibly been an option as a substitute against the small teams of the League this Season, but not as a starter I am afraid. With his contract ending in the Summer, he would either renew his contract at APOEL (unlikely but depends on his form now when he is getting more minutes), retire, or sign for a small club in Cyprus. His current Set is very outdated and needs to be updated according to my suggestions posted above.Photo:https://i.imgur.com/dz5aaYP.jpg