AEK’s Fallen Form
Four key players of AEK have had a below par month and as a result has affected the performance of the whole team in recent outings.
There is no doubt that AEK are going through a drop in form over the last month. The Enosis have suffered defeats against Olympiacos at the OAKA in the Cup semifinals (although they advanced to the Final on away goals), against PAOK in the Cup final, and against Panathinaikos and Panionios in the SuperLeague playoffs. In addition, their performance on the pitch is not that of when Jimenez took over the team in January where AEK went from 7th to 4th in the Superleague standings.
Although multiple reasons are to blame, one cannot look past the below average performances of four key players in recent games, including Araujo, Chygrynskiy, Johansson, and Ajdarevic. AGONAsport.com takes a look at these four cases.
Sergio Araujo: When Sergio Araujo joined AEK in January, his impact in the team was obvious from the get go. AEK seemed to had found the attacking player they needed and as a leader in AEK’s offensive line, he played a major role in the team’s transformation while scoring critical goals in important fixtures. However, Araujo has been in a goalless slump since April 23rd and his concentration seems to be lacking in training sessions. One can only hope that his uncertain future at AEK is to blame for his lack of form.
Dmytro Chygrynskiy: The Ukrainian has been very unlucky throughout the season after continuous muscle injuries. He then suffered a bone rupture on his hand in his first game back with the Kitrinomavri. Chygrynskiy had a hunger to return to play as soon as possible and after getting a special cast for his hand, he made it back to the team earlier than expected. However, he has not been himself ever since. AEK have lacked a ‘good’ Chigirinsky and it has shown in their defensive function.
Jacob Johansson: The 26-year old joined AEK 2.5 years ago and ever since, has been a key player in the midfield. Despite the many managerial changes at AEK over the years, the Swede midfielder has gained the trust of each manager and has kept his place in the lineup. However, Johansson’s form has fallen as of late including in matches against PAOK in the Cup final and away to Panathinaikos in the Superleague playoffs, matches that saw AEK taste defeat.
Astrit Ajdarevic: Ajdarevic signed with AEK in January to help the club in the attacking midfield position. The Swede had a great impact at the beginning and played a major role in improving AEK’s performance on the pitch along with scoring the game winning goal over Olympiacos in the their league fixture in February. He added fluidity to AEK’s attack and contributed in the overall development of AEK’s gameplay. Similar to his teammates, Ajdarevic has fallen out of form since his explosive start including in games against Panathinaikos and Panionios in the playoffs. This proved costly to AEK as they were defeated in both of these fixtures lacking Ajdarevic’s passing and organizing quality in both games.