Hasi To Decide On Fringe Olympiacos Players
As Olympiacos’ activity in the transfer window has gained increasing steam in the last few weeks, the questions now being asked are which current players new manager Besnik Hasi will be keeping and letting go at the club.
The second stage of preseason in Belgium is considered a crucial period for nearly about 8 players currently at the club. There have some welcome surprises in the preseason thus far, perhaps the biggest being that of Leonardo Koutris. The left-back having won plaudits with his play, having seemingly won over Hasi and perhaps setting himself up for a starting spot ahead of the Champions’ League qualifiers at the end of the month.
The jury seems to be still be out for a number of players however. Andre Martins, one of the bright spots last season, appears to be struggling and Hasi has not shown much faith as of yet in the Portuguese midfielder. Other players that seem to be on the bubble include the likes of Sasa Zdjelar, Karim Ansarifard, Pape Abou Cisse, Ben Nabouhane, Felipe Pardo, Tarik Elyounoussi, and Manolis Siopis.
Siopis and Zdjelar could be the victims of numerous transfer buys in the middle of the park as the likes of Panagiotis Tachtsidis and Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe have come to Piraeus.
Olympiacos are still a little light in attack, especially at striker, but the acquisition of Emmanuel Emenike has put serious pressure on Ansarifard. The potential purchase of another defender or two also sees Pape Abou Cisse’s chances of avoiding a loan move diminishing.
With two weeks left until the first Champions’ League qualifier, time is quickly passing and Hasi will certainly be making some major decisions very soon. It could be a nervous 10 days for the players mentioned above as they do what they can to remain in the squad.