I think that his career has become stagnated in the last 18 months since leaving Anorthosis Famagusta for Walsall in League One of England in the Summer of 2016 for a club record €300,000, and then returning to Cyprus this Summer with APOEL Nicosia.
Despite making a lot of appearances last Season at Walsall, he had been used mainly as a Right-Winger, and as a result, his productivity which is normally one of his biggest assets, was really low. In fact he scored only 1 goal and assisted 2 in 35 appearances in all competitions.
This Summer he returned to Cyprus for APOEL on a fee of almost €200,000, with the expectations of being a squad-rotational player, like he had been for a big part of his career at Anorthosis previously, but in fact he had not featured enough since then.
Until today he featured only 5 times in all competitions; 3 times in the League, one of them as a starter, once as a substitute in the Champions League Vs Spurs(home), and finally once as a substitute in the Cup. Despite that, he managed to score 2 poacher's goals in a League substitute appearance Vs former club Pafos FC.
His career just didn't have the development that most of us were expecting, having been a promising youngster until 18 months ago, and even relatively experienced for his age, having played regular first-team football since being 17 at Pafos.
Even now, he is surely not a bad player to be honest, and definitely in my opinion he could have easily offered more at APOEL than what he has offered until now, if he was given more chances. Definitely not as a starter, but mainly as a substitute from the bench to kill games on the counter, something which he used to do a lot at Anorthosis, with his pace and goal-scoring ability, two of his biggest assets, in addition to being defensively-good. Maybe, it was just the good performances of other Forwards of APOEL that didn't enable him to get a chance.
At Walsall, I guess it didn't work out for him there, and he hadn't been given a run of games up-front to get a couple of goals to help with his confidence, but he was struggling on the Right-Wing, instead.
I don't have anything major to suggest about his Set, but from the little I have watched from him this Season, bits from his last Season with Walsall, his matches with the Cyprus NT, as well as his final Season for Anorthosis, I would suggest a couple of things. His body strength has improved noticeably in the last 2 and a half years, but at the same time he has probably lost a small bit of his sharpness; agility and acceleration. Also some of his technical stats may fall, for example his dribbling hasn't been good lately, as well as his crossing. As a player, I view him more as a Striker or Secondary-Striker with 2 up-front, or as a Right-Winger in a 4-3-3/ 3-4-3.Recommended Changes:
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- Weight: 68 kg (+1)
Balance: 74 (+3)
Acceleration: 81 (-1)
Agility: 80 (-1)
Dribble Accuracy: 75 (-2)
Long Pass Accuracy: 71 (-1)
Technique: 73 (-2)
Condition/Fitness: 3 (-2)
Weak Foot Accuracy: 4 (-1)
Weak Foot Frequency: 4 (+1)
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