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Nicholas Ioannou

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Nicholas Ioannou is a talented Cypriot International versatile Defender, who can play mainly as a Left-Back, Center-Back and Defensive-Midfielder, but also further-up-the pitch, as a Winger.
The English-Cypriot defender joined the Manchester United's Academy at the age of 11, after impressing their scouts by playing as a Winger.
During the eight years he spent at the English club he was converted into Defensive-Midfielder and Center-Back, due to his size and his good aerial abilities.
Nicholas was compared to Nemanja Vidic because of his toughness and he captained the U-19 team several times and he appeared in many UEFA Youth League games.
Despite the fact that he missed a big part of the 2012-13 Season due to an injury, David Moyes gave him a new two-year-contract when he took charge and considered him as a future first-team Center-Back. However, Nick found his opportunities for first-team football limited at the Red Devils and as a result, he returned to Cyprus, signing for APOEL Nicosia before the end of the 2013-14 Season, for the next three years, and immediately he received his first call-up for the Cyprus National Team for an away match against Japan.
Ioannou had an impressive Pre-Season with APOEL and he was converted into Left-Back because he is quick and Left-footed and APOEL lacked Left-Backs at the time. He debuted as a starter in the Champions League match against Paris Saint Germain in France, playing as a Left-Back against Lucas Moura.
His opportunities for first-team football were limited in his first season, with the youngster playing only a small number of games, and those mainly as a Winger, especially under German manager Thorsten Fink.
The start of the 2015-16 gave Ioannou a fresh chance to impress as Left-Back, after the departure of John Arne Riise from the team, with the young player being given more chances by new manager, Temuri Ketsbaia.

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Re: Nicholas Ioannou

Postby petreleo » 2014 Dec 21, 21:42

- ADD- DMF position.
DMF wasn't added to his set. He played a lot there for Manchester United's youth teams. There he was playing mainly as CB and DMF, but LB he became at APOEL due to shortage of players playing there, and because he is Left-footed and quick for a defender. Therefore, the DMF position should be added as a secondary position in his set.
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Re: Nicholas Ioannou

Postby petreleo » 2015 Jan 14, 16:36

Strangely, he played as a Winger today in the Cup Vs Olympiacos Nicosia!
It was Thorsten Fink's first match in charge, and he started Nicholas as a Left-Winger in the first half, and as a Right-Winger in the second half.
The youngster should really good Speed and Tenacity, and some good shots as well.
He was a Winger before joining Manchester United's academy.
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Re: Nicholas Ioannou

Postby petreleo » 2015 Jan 17, 19:59

Started as a Winger again tonight Vs Othellos. Right-Winger!
I don't have any statistics to justify this, but I am pretty sure that he made a really high number of successful dribbles today.
His passing was also really good. Some of his decisions need improvement, but he hasn't played as a Winger since he was like 15!
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Re: Nicholas Ioannou

Postby petreleo » 2015 Jan 23, 15:01

Some changes need to be made to his set:

SMF Position should be added as a Secondary-Position in his set. He has played for two consecutive matches as a Starter there, and he will continue to play there since he was really good there, and most APOEL's Winger are injured.

As he is playing and doing well at an Attacking Position:
Attack: 67 (+2)

Playing as a Winger he showed really good technique, therefore some of his technical stats can definitely rise:
Dribble Accuracy: 75 (+3)
Short Pass Accuracy: 76 (+1)
Long Pass Accuracy: 70 (+2)
Long Pass Speed: 73 (+3)
Swerve: 70 (+2)
Ball Control: 76 (+1)

Also, he has showed really good pace, that's why he is able to play as a Winger:
Dribble Speed: 77 (+1)
Top Speed: 78 (+1)
Acceleration: 78 (+1)

As I've said above, he made some really good shots, both in terms of Accuracy and Technique, but mostly in terms of Power:
Shot Accuracy: 67 (+3)
Kicking Power: 76 (+2)
Shot Technique: 70 (+2)

As a Defender, he is very aggressive. At Manchester United, he was heavily compared to Nemanja Vidic for this reason. Also, his teamwork qualities are also really good. Always involved in the game, able of making passes:
Tenacity: 76 (+3)
Teamwork: 75 (+2)
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Re: Nicholas Ioannou

Postby petreleo » 2015 Sep 27, 19:50

He was given many opportunities this season, especially in the Left-Back position after the departure of John Arne Riise and injuries to Antoniades and Nektarios Alexandrou.

Last season, without any obvious reason and despite being at least decent in every single time he played even when being played as a Winger, he was not involved so much in the games.

This season, managers and in particular new manager Temuri Ketsbaia "throwed" the youngster at crucial games in the absence of another fit Left-Back.

At first, Ioannou struggled and Vs AEK Larnaca he was not very good, especially in his marking loosing former Atletico Madrid Wing-Back, Juanma Ortiz, in AEK's second goal.

This resulted in Ketsbaia trying to "fit" versatile right-footed defensive-midfielder, Kostakis Artymatas, in the Left-Back role, something which he tried Vs Schalke after Antoniades' injury. However, further injuries in central-midfield and in the center of defence, resulted in Artymatas being played there, instead, and Ioannou being given more chances at Left-Back.

From then until today, he has certainly improved, making some good and brave tackles and winning many battles in the air, especially in the most recent game Vs Aris Limassol, when he was one of the best players on the pitch that day.
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Re: Nicholas Ioannou

Postby petreleo » 2016 Dec 21, 21:52

Nicholas Ioannou this week in the 1-0 home win Vs Nea Salamina made only his 2nd appearance of the Season, with the first being a substitute appearance at Center-Back Vs Apollon Limassol in the Super-Cup all the way back in August. In the absence of both first-team Left-Backs, Roberto Lago and Nektarios Alexandrou through injuries, Ioannou was placed as APOEL's starting Left-Back after almost a year since the last time this happened. Surprisingly, he seemed much better and much more confident at Left-Back than ever before, despite his lack of game-time and he was also being named as "Man-of-the-match" after the game ended.

Attacking-wise, Nicholas was, alongside Left-Winger Vander Vieira, one of the most dangerous players of APOEL. as he was offering much support going-forward with frequent overlaps down the Left-hand-side(with full-time approaching he was looking absolutely knackered because of this). Not only his deliveries, short-passing and crossing were always looking dangerous and frequently resulting in goal-scoring chances for APOEL, but he has also made a couple of dangerous headers in the box after set-pieces.

Defensively, he had little to do all game, and maybe that's why he was able of making so many attacking, overlapping runs, but when he had to defend he was not always looking 100% concentrated. Not that he made a serious mistake or anything like this, like in the past(that AEK Larnaca game from last Season should have given him nightmares for months...), but there is definitely room for improvement, especially in relation with the potential that he showed when going forward.

Hopefully, the youngster will never look back after this great performance Vs Nea Salamina, and continue proving that he is worthy of more game-time, something which will give him a chance of establishing himself as a serious option for APOEL's Left-Back position. At APOEL until today, he has mainly been a Left-Back or Left-Winger, and rarely a Center-Back despite this being the position in where he played at Manchester United. Actually, before the match Vs Nea Salamina, he best performances for the club were from two years ago at Left-Winger, but with APOEL having at least four great Wingers there was no room for him to play there. However, there is a much greater need for cover at Left-Back, therefore him proving that he is able of making outstanding performances also at Left-Back, came as good news for the team.
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Re: Nicholas Ioannou

Postby petreleo » 2017 Jan 19, 00:34

petreleo wrote:Nicholas Ioannou this week in the 1-0 home win Vs Nea Salamina made only his 2nd appearance of the Season, with the first being a substitute appearance at Center-Back Vs Apollon Limassol in the Super-Cup all the way back in August. In the absence of both first-team Left-Backs, Roberto Lago and Nektarios Alexandrou through injuries, Ioannou was placed as APOEL's starting Left-Back after almost a year since the last time this happened. Surprisingly, he seemed much better and much more confident at Left-Back than ever before, despite his lack of game-time and he was also being named as "Man-of-the-match" after the game ended.

Attacking-wise, Nicholas was, alongside Left-Winger Vander Vieira, one of the most dangerous players of APOEL. as he was offering much support going-forward with frequent overlaps down the Left-hand-side(with full-time approaching he was looking absolutely knackered because of this). Not only his deliveries, short-passing and crossing were always looking dangerous and frequently resulting in goal-scoring chances for APOEL, but he has also made a couple of dangerous headers in the box after set-pieces.

Defensively, he had little to do all game, and maybe that's why he was able of making so many attacking, overlapping runs, but when he had to defend he was not always looking 100% concentrated. Not that he made a serious mistake or anything like this, like in the past(that AEK Larnaca game from last Season should have given him nightmares for months...), but there is definitely room for improvement, especially in relation with the potential that he showed when going forward.

Hopefully, the youngster will never look back after this great performance Vs Nea Salamina, and continue proving that he is worthy of more game-time, something which will give him a chance of establishing himself as a serious option for APOEL's Left-Back position. At APOEL until today, he has mainly been a Left-Back or Left-Winger, and rarely a Center-Back despite this being the position in where he played at Manchester United. Actually, before the match Vs Nea Salamina, he best performances for the club were from two years ago at Left-Winger, but with APOEL having at least four great Wingers there was no room for him to play there. However, there is a much greater need for cover at Left-Back, therefore him proving that he is able of making outstanding performances also at Left-Back, came as good news for the team.

Since my last post, Nicholas Ioannou has become a first-team regular for APOEL with 5 consecutive full 90 minutes matches!
After his great performance at Left-Back in the match Vs Nea Salamina(the 1st of the 5 matches) for which I wrote about in my last post, he started as Left-Back at APOEL's next two League matches(both wins Vs Anagennisi Deryneias and Vs Aris Limassol), in the absence of unfit first-choice Left-Back Roberto Lago who was coming back from an injury. His performances in those two matches were pretty good, mainly attacking-wise, but also defensively he was generally fine, with only making a couple of mistakes, most notably in the match Vs Anagennisi Deryneias.
After those matches, he had to play as a Center-Back(LCB) for the next two matches, Vs Doxa Katokopias in the League and Vs Nea Salamina in the Cup(also both wins for APOEL), because APOEL's main Center-Back, Carlão, was sold to Torino this January, and in the absence of injured Iñaki Astiz, APOEL was left with only two fit Center-Backs, Nicholas Ioannou and Merkis. Ioannou's performances were again surprisingly good, after experiencing no problems what so ever Vs Doxa Katokopias, enjoying a quiet evening. In the next game, Vs Nea Salamina, APOEL's defence did experience more pressure than the last match, and Ioannou also had more work to do, but still he didn't put a foot wrong all game long. What impressed me in his last match Vs Nea Salamina, was his impressive Speed which reminded me of the Speed of Carlão, which was one of his biggest assets. In addition, Ioannou had also to deal with Alex Konstantinou, a very quick and skillful attacker of Nea Salamina, but Ioannou seemed as quick as him in the sprint, and his challenges were always brave and effective. At the end of the game, he was named as "MVP" by many websites, and he definitely deserved it.
It is good to have another young player joining Pieros Sotiriou as one of the team's most consistent and valuable first-eleven players. With APOEL lacking another Center-Back after the departure of Carlão, even though they are expected to sign one in January, and experiencing some fitness problems with Roberto Lago who is their first-choice Left-Back, Nicholas Ioannou will definitely continue to be a first-eleven player for APOEL in near future, either as Left-Back or Center-Back, especially after his recent impressive performances.
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Re: Nicholas Ioannou

Postby petreleo » 2017 Feb 09, 23:41

petreleo wrote:Since my last post, Nicholas Ioannou has become a first-team regular for APOEL with 5 consecutive full 90 minutes matches!
After his great performance at Left-Back in the match Vs Nea Salamina(the 1st of the 5 matches) for which I wrote about in my last post, he started as Left-Back at APOEL's next two League matches(both wins Vs Anagennisi Deryneias and Vs Aris Limassol), in the absence of unfit first-choice Left-Back Roberto Lago who was coming back from an injury. His performances in those two matches were pretty good, mainly attacking-wise, but also defensively he was generally fine, with only making a couple of mistakes, most notably in the match Vs Anagennisi Deryneias.
After those matches, he had to play as a Center-Back(LCB) for the next two matches, Vs Doxa Katokopias in the League and Vs Nea Salamina in the Cup(also both wins for APOEL), because APOEL's main Center-Back, Carlão, was sold to Torino this January, and in the absence of injured Iñaki Astiz, APOEL was left with only two fit Center-Backs, Nicholas Ioannou and Merkis. Ioannou's performances were again surprisingly good, after experiencing no problems what so ever Vs Doxa Katokopias, enjoying a quiet evening. In the next game, Vs Nea Salamina, APOEL's defence did experience more pressure than the last match, and Ioannou also had more work to do, but still he didn't put a foot wrong all game long. What impressed me in his last match Vs Nea Salamina, was his impressive Speed which reminded me of the Speed of Carlão, which was one of his biggest assets. In addition, Ioannou had also to deal with Alex Konstantinou, a very quick and skillful attacker of Nea Salamina, but Ioannou seemed as quick as him in the sprint, and his challenges were always brave and effective. At the end of the game, he was named as "MVP" by many websites, and he definitely deserved it.
It is good to have another young player joining Pieros Sotiriou as one of the team's most consistent and valuable first-eleven players. With APOEL lacking another Center-Back after the departure of Carlão, even though they are expected to sign one in January, and experiencing some fitness problems with Roberto Lago who is their first-choice Left-Back, Nicholas Ioannou will definitely continue to be a first-eleven player for APOEL in near future, either as Left-Back or Center-Back, especially after his recent impressive performances.

This guy is in his form of his life at the moment! He has been a first-team regular for APOEL Nicosia since late December, either as Left-Back or as a Center-Back, with full 90-minute appearances from then until today(9 matches in total).
Due to the injury problems of APOEL's first-choice Left-Back Roberto Lago, the majority of Ioannou's appearances since December were in the position of the Left-Back, the position which was his main position in the last two Seasons also for APOEL Nicosia. However, in the two last months he has been playing also as a Center-Back sometimes, especially after the departure of APOEL's top Center-Back, Carlão, to Torino, and he also did fine there, as this position was previously his favourite position for Manchester United's academy, before joining APOEL and being converted into Left-Back. Talking about his performances, he did absolutely fine in both positions, and he is currently established as APOEl's first-eleven Left-Back ahead of Lago.

As a Left-Back, attacking-wise he is really good; very quick and also reasonably skillful with good dribbling(because of this he has even played as Left-Winger two Weeks ago Vs Ethnikos Achnas for the last part of the match). His Crossing is not the best but it is improved in relation to what is has been a couple of years ago, for example in APOEL's last match, the derby Vs AEK Larnaca, he attempted a very high number of Crosses from the position of Left-Back(first-half) and Left-Center-Back in a three-at-the-back formation(second-half), with some of them being reasonably good and certainly powerful. His only problem in the position of Left-Back is sometimes his defensive play. Don't get me wrong, he is not bad or anything close to it, and actually I consider him to be decent defensive-wise, but he can still do a mistake or two in each match he plays, maybe because he isn't experienced enough or just because he likes to attack much and doesn't defend or mark properly. For example, in last week's derby Vs AEK Larnaca, he found it extremely difficult to stop AEK's Right-Wing-Back, Juanma Ortiz, the same player who gave him "nightmares", a bit more than a year ago.

As a Center-Back, I thought that he was brilliant, even better than as Left-Back, despite not playing at Center-Back as much as he did at Left-Back. Actually, despite being known mainly as a Left-Back for years now here in Cyprus, being currently APOEL's first-eleven Left-Back, there are many people including myself that believe that he is equally good, if not even better as a Center-Back. This is justified both because he played mainly there at Manchester United's academy, and because he was really good when he played there for APOEL in recent weeks in Carlão's absence. He is unbelievably quick for the Center-Back position, surely not slower than Carlão, and as a result, even pacey and skillful Attackers like Nea Salamina's Alex Constantinou could neither beat him in the sprint or get past him with the ball. In addition to his Speed, the fact that he is good in the air, strong and tough with effective and well-timed tackles, make him an extremely difficult Center-Back to beat in any battle, either on the ground or in the air. Marking in Set-Pieces and Crosses can be an issue, like it is for him for the Left-Back's position, but I think that he is significantly better marker as a Center-Back than as a Left-Back, because as a Left-Back he gets caught sometimes in attacking positions when his team needs him in defence. Additionally, his attacking-skills; speed, dribbling and good and powerful Long-Passing can come good in the Center-Back's position, also. Here is an example from the match Vs AEZ Zakakiou of him making a dribble in defence before making a really good Long-Pass to teammate Gianniotas to create a goal-scoring opportunity in the counter-attack(06:39): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2d9yLpMGpK0

About his Set, I would definitely suggest higher Speed Stats, Long Pass Speed and Form, because of obvious reasons stated above, but I would also suggest minor downgrades in Short Pass Accuracy and Ball Control, not because he isn't good in those areas, but to make him more balanced and more fairly comparable to other team's Full-Backs.

Video Highlights from his Recent Performances:
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- MAKE: CB Position his Registered-Position
- Attack: 64 (-1)
- Defence: 75 (+11)
- Balance: 79 (+1)
- Stamina: 78 (+1)
- Top Speed: 80 (+2)
- Acceleration: 80 (+3)
- Agility: 75 (+2)
- Dribble Speed: 77 (+2)
- Short Pass Accuracy: 75 (-1)
- Long Pass Accuracy: 72 (+2)
- Long Pass Speed: 74 (+4)
- Jump: 79 (+2)
- Technique: 75 (-1)
- Aggression: 68 (-11)
- Condition/Fitness: 5 (+2)
- Weak Foot Frequency: 4 (+1)
- ATTACK / DEFENCE AWARENESS: 2/3 (+1)
- ADD: Offensive Side-Back Card
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Re: Nicholas Ioannou

Postby petreleo » 2017 Feb 17, 16:57

petreleo wrote:This guy is in his form of his life at the moment! He has been a first-team regular for APOEL Nicosia since late December, either as Left-Back or as a Center-Back, with full 90-minute appearances from then until today(9 matches in total).
Due to the injury problems of APOEL's first-choice Left-Back Roberto Lago, the majority of Ioannou's appearances since December were in the position of the Left-Back, the position which was his main position in the last two Seasons also for APOEL Nicosia. However, in the two last months he has been playing also as a Center-Back sometimes, especially after the departure of APOEL's top Center-Back, Carlão, to Torino, and he also did fine there, as this position was previously his favourite position for Manchester United's academy, before joining APOEL and being converted into Left-Back. Talking about his performances, he did absolutely fine in both positions, and he is currently established as APOEl's first-eleven Left-Back ahead of Lago.

As a Left-Back, attacking-wise he is really good; very quick and also reasonably skillful with good dribbling(because of this he has even played as Left-Winger two Weeks ago Vs Ethnikos Achnas for the last part of the match). His Crossing is not the best but it is improved in relation to what is has been a couple of years ago, for example in APOEL's last match, the derby Vs AEK Larnaca, he attempted a very high number of Crosses from the position of Left-Back(first-half) and Left-Center-Back in a three-at-the-back formation(second-half), with some of them being reasonably good and certainly powerful. His only problem in the position of Left-Back is sometimes his defensive play. Don't get me wrong, he is not bad or anything close to it, and actually I consider him to be decent defensive-wise, but he can still do a mistake or two in each match he plays, maybe because he isn't experienced enough or just because he likes to attack much and doesn't defend or mark properly. For example, in last week's derby Vs AEK Larnaca, he found it extremely difficult to stop AEK's Right-Wing-Back, Juanma Ortiz, the same player who gave him "nightmares", a bit more than a year ago.

As a Center-Back, I thought that he was brilliant, even better than as Left-Back, despite not playing at Center-Back as much as he did at Left-Back. Actually, despite being known mainly as a Left-Back for years now here in Cyprus, being currently APOEL's first-eleven Left-Back, there are many people including myself that believe that he is equally good, if not even better as a Center-Back. This is justified both because he played mainly there at Manchester United's academy, and because he was really good when he played there for APOEL in recent weeks in Carlão's absence. He is unbelievably quick for the Center-Back position, surely not slower than Carlão, and as a result, even pacey and skillful Attackers like Nea Salamina's Alex Constantinou could neither beat him in the sprint or get past him with the ball. In addition to his Speed, the fact that he is good in the air, strong and tough with effective and well-timed tackles, make him an extremely difficult Center-Back to beat in any battle, either on the ground or in the air. Marking in Set-Pieces and Crosses can be an issue, like it is for him for the Left-Back's position, but I think that he is significantly better marker as a Center-Back than as a Left-Back, because as a Left-Back he gets caught sometimes in attacking positions when his team needs him in defence. Additionally, his attacking-skills; speed, dribbling and good and powerful Long-Passing can come good in the Center-Back's position, also. Here is an example from the match Vs AEZ Zakakiou of him making a dribble in defence before making a really good Long-Pass to teammate Gianniotas to create a goal-scoring opportunity in the counter-attack(06:39): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2d9yLpMGpK0

About his Set, I would definitely suggest higher Speed Stats, Long Pass Speed and Form, because of obvious reasons stated above, but I would also suggest minor downgrades in Short Pass Accuracy and Ball Control, not because he isn't good in those areas, but to make him more balanced and more fairly comparable to other team's Full-Backs.

Video Highlights from his Recent Performances:
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Suggested Changes:
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- MAKE: CB Position his Registered-Position
- Attack: 64 (-1)
- Defence: 75 (+11)
- Balance: 79 (+1)
- Stamina: 78 (+1)
- Top Speed: 80 (+2)
- Acceleration: 80 (+3)
- Agility: 75 (+2)
- Dribble Speed: 77 (+2)
- Short Pass Accuracy: 75 (-1)
- Long Pass Accuracy: 72 (+2)
- Long Pass Speed: 74 (+4)
- Jump: 79 (+2)
- Technique: 75 (-1)
- Aggression: 68 (-11)
- Condition/Fitness: 5 (+2)
- Weak Foot Frequency: 4 (+1)
- ATTACK / DEFENCE AWARENESS: 2/3 (+1)
- ADD: Offensive Side-Back Card

Nicholas Ioannou played as a starter at LB last night in the 3-2 Europa League first-leg away loss Vs Athletic Bilbao, once again ahead of APOEL's first-choice LB, Roberto Lago.
Ioannou was against Bilbao's most dangerous player, both this Season and on the night, Iñaki Williams. To be honest, last night Ioannou both won and lost many battles against Iñaki Williams, like he did two years ago with Lucas Moura of PSG.
Williams and Ioannou were their team's best players last night, and they were against each other. Ioannou, understandably, struggled at times with William's pace and trickery, but most of his tackles were brave and effective, and also going-forward he even did a "dummy" against Williams in the first-half, to send a cross into Bilbao's box.
Ioannou is doing really well at the moment, just as I said in my previous posts. He deserves to be picked over Roberto Lago, at the moment. To be honest, even though Lago is probably a bit more stable defensive-wise than Ioannou at LB, I think that in games like last night, he would have probably struggled to deal with the pace of world-class attackers like Iñaki Williams, in comparison to the quicker Nicholas Ioannou.
My Stats Suggestions in the previous post, seem to describe him really well at the moment...
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Re: Nicholas Ioannou

Postby petreleo » 2017 Mar 10, 13:29

petreleo wrote:Nicholas Ioannou played as a starter at LB last night in the 3-2 Europa League first-leg away loss Vs Athletic Bilbao, once again ahead of APOEL's first-choice LB, Roberto Lago.
Ioannou was against Bilbao's most dangerous player, both this Season and on the night, Iñaki Williams. To be honest, last night Ioannou both won and lost many battles against Iñaki Williams, like he did two years ago with Lucas Moura of PSG.
Williams and Ioannou were their team's best players last night, and they were against each other. Ioannou, understandably, struggled at times with William's pace and trickery, but most of his tackles were brave and effective, and also going-forward he even did a "dummy" against Williams in the first-half, to send a cross into Bilbao's box.
Ioannou is doing really well at the moment, just as I said in my previous posts. He deserves to be picked over Roberto Lago, at the moment. To be honest, even though Lago is probably a bit more stable defensive-wise than Ioannou at LB, I think that in games like last night, he would have probably struggled to deal with the pace of world-class attackers like Iñaki Williams, in comparison to the quicker Nicholas Ioannou.
My Stats Suggestions in the previous post, seem to describe him really well at the moment...

Ioannou has recently added another 180 minutes of World-Class Europa League performances, Vs Athletic Bilbao(2nd leg) and Vs Anderlecht(1st leg).
In the 2nd leg 2-0 home win Vs Athletic Bilbao, he played 90 minutes as a LB and I consider him to be one of the two best players on the pitch that night(him and Giorgos Merkis). Iñaki Williams had a very hard time to get past him, and actually he almost never actually dribbled past-him the whole game. Ioannou's tackling was amazing that night, like it usually is, and even though Williams tried to knock the ball forward and run with it past him for the majority of the match, Ioannou usually matched him on speed and slide-tackled him very decisive, hard, but also cleanly, and that's why Iñaki never really dribbled-past him that game.
In the 1st leg 0-1 home defeat Vs Anderlecht, he started the game as LB and he played there for 40 minutes or so, before being placed at CB for the remaining 50 minutes of the game, as one of APOEL's Center-Backs, Iñaki Astiz, was subbed-off with an injury and Roberto Lago(a Left-Back) was subbed-in, in his place. For the first 40 minutes when he was playing at LB, Ioannou didn't perform amazingly, the same with the rest of the team to be honest, but he was great for the last 50 minutes at the CB position. Defensively, he was rock-solid stopping many counter-attacks of Anderlecht with his pace and tackling, and when APOEL's team went all-out-attack in the final stages of the game, he contributed to that by providing some accurate and incisive Long-Passes from the back, and he even went on a couple successful dribbling-runs(like Carlão used to do for APOEL).

Here are the changes that I have suggested for Ioannou's Set about a month ago:

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- MAKE: CB Position his Registered-Position
- Attack: 64 (-1)
- Defence: 75 (+11)
- Balance: 79 (+1)
- Stamina: 78 (+1)
- Top Speed: 80 (+2)
- Acceleration: 80 (+3)
- Agility: 75 (+2)
- Dribble Speed: 77 (+2)
- Short Pass Accuracy: 75 (-1)
- Long Pass Accuracy: 72 (+2)
- Long Pass Speed: 74 (+4)
- Jump: 79 (+2)
- Technique: 75 (-1)
- Aggression: 68 (-11)
- Condition/Fitness: 5 (+2)
- Weak Foot Frequency: 4 (+1)
- ATTACK / DEFENCE AWARENESS: 2/3 (+1)
- ADD: Offensive Side-Back Card
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Re: Nicholas Ioannou

Postby petreleo » 2019 Jan 30, 01:10

Last Season was a really difficult one for him. Shortly after been voted in the top-eleven of the whole League for the 2016-17 Season and also been wanted by the likes of Anderlecht amongst other, in the 2017 Summer Pre-Season he suffered a knee-ligament injury which kept him out until January. When he came back however, last Season he was not truly at the same high level he had been before his injury, in the previous Season. However, this Season he is slowly but surely re-discovering his great form from the past, especially after moving to Left-Center/Back in a back-three, currently starting many times ahead of Carlao. Ioannou is currently suspended though with a red-card in last week's 0-1 derby win Vs AEL Limassol. It seems that he has been around for ages, but he is still relatively a youngster, always playing his best football at Center-Back, and he is not Left-Back despite playing many times there in the past. Not penetrative enough for a Full-Back, not a great crosser, and you can easily tell that he is not a wide-player, but more of Center-Back who enjoys going forward, and that's why a back-three suits him.
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Re: Nicholas Ioannou

Postby petreleo » 2019 Apr 08, 22:41

petreleo wrote:Last Season was a really difficult one for him. Shortly after been voted in the top-eleven of the whole League for the 2016-17 Season and also been wanted by the likes of Anderlecht amongst other, in the 2017 Summer Pre-Season he suffered a knee-ligament injury which kept him out until January. When he came back however, last Season he was not truly at the same high level he had been before his injury, in the previous Season. However, this Season he is slowly but surely re-discovering his great form from the past, especially after moving to Left-Center/Back in a back-three, currently starting many times ahead of Carlao. Ioannou is currently suspended though with a red-card in last week's 0-1 derby win Vs AEL Limassol. It seems that he has been around for ages, but he is still relatively a youngster, always playing his best football at Center-Back, and he is not Left-Back despite playing many times there in the past. Not penetrative enough for a Full-Back, not a great crosser, and you can easily tell that he is not a wide-player, but more of Center-Back who enjoys going forward, and that's why a back-three suits him.



(01:48) Great goal for him in the weekend's 0-3 win Vs AEL Limassol. Perfect movement from him, better than many Strikers. As soon as Al-Taamari made the initial long-shot, Ioannou was already starting his run in-behind the defence in the case the GK made a bad clearance, and it paid dividends.
That's the 3rd-goal for him this Season, cementing his place in the starting-eleven as a Left-Center/Back in a back-three ahead of the likes of Carlao. He is indeed the closest he has ever been to reaching his best again, after suffering that knee-ligament injury a bit less than two years ago. Interest in him seems high at the moment; Serie A clubs, as well as Belgian ones are scouting him according to the press, maybe it's Anderlecht that were in for him two years ago as well, before suffering the injury. An interesting fact is that he received three red-cards this Season, all of them in the League, two 2nd-yellows, and one straight-red, all of them in derbies.
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Re: Nicholas Ioannou

Postby petreleo » 2019 May 07, 02:15

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petreleo wrote:Last Season was a really difficult one for him. Shortly after been voted in the top-eleven of the whole League for the 2016-17 Season and also been wanted by the likes of Anderlecht amongst other, in the 2017 Summer Pre-Season he suffered a knee-ligament injury which kept him out until January. When he came back however, last Season he was not truly at the same high level he had been before his injury, in the previous Season. However, this Season he is slowly but surely re-discovering his great form from the past, especially after moving to Left-Center/Back in a back-three, currently starting many times ahead of Carlao. Ioannou is currently suspended though with a red-card in last week's 0-1 derby win Vs AEL Limassol. It seems that he has been around for ages, but he is still relatively a youngster, always playing his best football at Center-Back, and he is not Left-Back despite playing many times there in the past. Not penetrative enough for a Full-Back, not a great crosser, and you can easily tell that he is not a wide-player, but more of Center-Back who enjoys going forward, and that's why a back-three suits him.



(01:48) Great goal for him in the weekend's 0-3 win Vs AEL Limassol. Perfect movement from him, better than many Strikers. As soon as Al-Taamari made the initial long-shot, Ioannou was already starting his run in-behind the defence in the case the GK made a bad clearance, and it paid dividends.
That's the 3rd-goal for him this Season, cementing his place in the starting-eleven as a Left-Center/Back in a back-three ahead of the likes of Carlao. He is indeed the closest he has ever been to reaching his best again, after suffering that knee-ligament injury a bit less than two years ago. Interest in him seems high at the moment; Serie A clubs, as well as Belgian ones are scouting him according to the press, maybe it's Anderlecht that were in for him two years ago as well, before suffering the injury. An interesting fact is that he received three red-cards this Season, all of them in the League, two 2nd-yellows, and one straight-red, all of them in derbies.



(02:22) What-A-Goal in such an important match as well! Never has been so powerful and fearless like right now since his injury two years ago... When he has momentum going-forward like that, when he stolen the ball in midfield and immediately starting his run towards goal, not many opponents can stop him. Power&Pace as well as fearless mentality. He may not have the best decisions as a player yet, and pure defensively in a four-man defence not the best Center-Back defensive-wise, but in a back-three he bosses the left-hand side of the defence, as he can also attack from the back like that as well.
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Re: Nicholas Ioannou

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The other day in the Cyprus Vs Kazakhstan 1-1 match, he was playing Left-Back and he was at fault for the Kazakhstan goal because he played their whole team on-side (02:16), but how good again was his dribbling? (04:22) dribbling&assist from him in the goal of Cyprus, (05:44) dribbled through half of Kazakhstan team to almost assist the winner for Cyprus. Reminds of a penalty he won recently by playing as Left-Back in the Qarabag Vs APOEL 0-2 match: https://youtu.be/cpN5oXxpLGQ?t=88
Now Italian and Belgian clubs want to buy him, but APOEL Nicosia already rejected 2-3million euros offers for him, and he was even their captain the the UCL play-offs Vs Ajax.
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Re: Nicholas Ioannou

Postby petreleo » 2019 Oct 08, 01:11

petreleo wrote:

The other day in the Cyprus Vs Kazakhstan 1-1 match, he was playing Left-Back and he was at fault for the Kazakhstan goal because he played their whole team on-side (02:16), but how good again was his dribbling? (04:22) dribbling&assist from him in the goal of Cyprus, (05:44) dribbled through half of Kazakhstan team to almost assist the winner for Cyprus. Reminds of a penalty he won recently by playing as Left-Back in the Qarabag Vs APOEL 0-2 match: https://youtu.be/cpN5oXxpLGQ?t=88
Now Italian and Belgian clubs want to buy him, but APOEL Nicosia already rejected 2-3million euros offers for him, and he was even their captain the the UCL play-offs Vs Ajax.

Renewed today at APOEL until May 2023, so now if some foreign club wants to buy him they will have to pay big money.
He has been in great form since the beginning of last Season. Last Season as Left/Center-Back in a back-three he played some of his best ever games, because he could enjoy going forward from that position. This Season started also very well for him, despite APOEL changing back to a back-four when a new manager was appointed. In a back-four this Season he played mainly as Center-Back but sometimes also as Left-Back, especially in Europe for example Vs Qarabag away and Sevilla away. His most appearances as a Left-Back, however, have been for Cyprus national-team, because at APOEL he has been considered mainly as a Center-Back in the last few years at least, and personally he has always been primarily a Center-Back in my eyes. In the most recent matches however his performances weren't as great as the beginning of the Season, because I think he hasn't been rested for a long long time now and he is maybe suffering from fatigue.
His Set needs updates: Yes he has been in great form, but he is not as defensively disciplined to deserve 75 Defence. His Dribbling is better than this, as it is one of his biggest assets, and the same exactly for his Speed, except maybe only Agility but even this isn't bad at all but just not that great. Not only for Speed, but also on Physical-stats in general he deserves upgrades, because he is also Stronger than this. On the other hand, his Technical-stats except Dribbling maybe deserve little downgrades, as his technical ability although being good overall, it lacks consistency. Sometimes he can make great controls and passes and he has the ability to do so, but sometime he can also make sloppy ones. He is also probably slightly more one-footed than this.
If he improves his concentration in such situations with controls and passes, as well as his discipline in defence he is going to be a player capable of playing in the Top Leagues, because physically he is a beast, who can also dribble very very well for a Defender!

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ADD-WB as Secondary-Position
Defence: 73 (-2)
Balance: 81 (+2)
Stamina: 79 (+1)
Top Speed: 82 (+2)
Acceleration: 81 (+1)
Agility: 74 (-1)
Dribble Accuracy: 76 (+1)
Dribble Speed: 81 (+4)
Short Pass Accuracy: 73 (-2)
Shot Power: 79 (+3)
Curling: 68 (-2)
Jump: 80 (+1)
Technique: 73 (-2)
Aggression: 69 (+1)
Weak Foot Frequency: 3 (-1)
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Re: Nicholas Ioannou

Postby petreleo » 2019 Nov 24, 02:28

petreleo wrote:
petreleo wrote:

The other day in the Cyprus Vs Kazakhstan 1-1 match, he was playing Left-Back and he was at fault for the Kazakhstan goal because he played their whole team on-side (02:16), but how good again was his dribbling? (04:22) dribbling&assist from him in the goal of Cyprus, (05:44) dribbled through half of Kazakhstan team to almost assist the winner for Cyprus. Reminds of a penalty he won recently by playing as Left-Back in the Qarabag Vs APOEL 0-2 match: https://youtu.be/cpN5oXxpLGQ?t=88
Now Italian and Belgian clubs want to buy him, but APOEL Nicosia already rejected 2-3million euros offers for him, and he was even their captain the the UCL play-offs Vs Ajax.

Renewed today at APOEL until May 2023, so now if some foreign club wants to buy him they will have to pay big money.
He has been in great form since the beginning of last Season. Last Season as Left/Center-Back in a back-three he played some of his best ever games, because he could enjoy going forward from that position. This Season started also very well for him, despite APOEL changing back to a back-four when a new manager was appointed. In a back-four this Season he played mainly as Center-Back but sometimes also as Left-Back, especially in Europe for example Vs Qarabag away and Sevilla away. His most appearances as a Left-Back, however, have been for Cyprus national-team, because at APOEL he has been considered mainly as a Center-Back in the last few years at least, and personally he has always been primarily a Center-Back in my eyes. In the most recent matches however his performances weren't as great as the beginning of the Season, because I think he hasn't been rested for a long long time now and he is maybe suffering from fatigue.
His Set needs updates: Yes he has been in great form, but he is not as defensively disciplined to deserve 75 Defence. His Dribbling is better than this, as it is one of his biggest assets, and the same exactly for his Speed, except maybe only Agility but even this isn't bad at all but just not that great. Not only for Speed, but also on Physical-stats in general he deserves upgrades, because he is also Stronger than this. On the other hand, his Technical-stats except Dribbling maybe deserve little downgrades, as his technical ability although being good overall, it lacks consistency. Sometimes he can make great controls and passes and he has the ability to do so, but sometime he can also make sloppy ones. He is also probably slightly more one-footed than this.
If he improves his concentration in such situations with controls and passes, as well as his discipline in defence he is going to be a player capable of playing in the Top Leagues, because physically he is a beast, who can also dribble very very well for a Defender!

Suggested Changes:
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ADD-WB as Secondary-Position
Defence: 73 (-2)
Balance: 81 (+2)
Stamina: 79 (+1)
Top Speed: 82 (+2)
Acceleration: 81 (+1)
Agility: 74 (-1)
Dribble Accuracy: 76 (+1)
Dribble Speed: 81 (+4)
Short Pass Accuracy: 73 (-2)
Shot Power: 79 (+3)
Curling: 68 (-2)
Jump: 80 (+1)
Technique: 73 (-2)
Aggression: 69 (+1)
Weak Foot Frequency: 3 (-1)
REMOVE- DM and SM from Secondary-Positions


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https://www.instagram.com/p/B5H-3UlFWCC/
Amazing solo-goal from Center-Back by him to open the score Vs Belgium this week.
https://youtu.be/zOWfLvPvNBw?t=76
Winner from Left-Wing/Back in a comeback 1-2 win of Cyprus away at Kazakhstan.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=869-0N0DzWk
Goal Vs Qarabag away in a 2-2 draw.
https://tiger.cdnja.co/v/nz/nZEM.mp4?se ... 1574569800
88th minute winner Vs Qarabag at home by connecting to a bicycle kick from Efrem.

Center-Backs Ioannou and Merkis have been the best Defenders but also the best Attackers of APOEL and Cyprus. :D
In addition to Center-Back which is his preferred position, because he is great attackingy Ioannou has also been playing as a Left-Back and Left-Wing/Back a lot this Season.
Right now as the captain of APOEL, In my opinion he is the best player of both APOEL and Cyprus this Season, with Merkis also really really close behind him. Big clubs have always been interested in Ioannou, but after having such a great Season I would not be surprised if they are more interested than ever before.
His Set needs the upgrades I have suggested in my previous post:

petreleo wrote:...

Suggested Changes:
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ADD-WB as Secondary-Position
Defence: 73 (-2)
Balance: 81 (+2)
Stamina: 79 (+1)
Top Speed: 82 (+2)
Acceleration: 81 (+1)
Agility: 74 (-1)
Dribble Accuracy: 76 (+1)
Dribble Speed: 81 (+4)
Short Pass Accuracy: 73 (-2)
Shot Power: 79 (+3)
Curling: 68 (-2)
Jump: 80 (+1)
Technique: 73 (-2)
Aggression: 69 (+1)
Weak Foot Frequency: 3 (-1)
REMOVE- DM and SM from Secondary-Positions


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