Keep or Trash

Keep or Trash
 

With one of the darkest Olympiacos seasons finally coming to an end, AGONAsport’s Olympiacos contributor, Theo Bouras, looks back at all the players who wore the Erythrolefki jersey this season and if they are worth keeping for next year’s rebuild or trashing.

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1. Lefteris Houtesiotis (Goalkeeper)
The goalkeeper rumors are not short in Piraeus; from Orestis Karnezis, to Andreas Gianniotis, to highly-touted rookie Antonis Stergakis. Houtesiotis will never likely be a starter for the team, and with the emergence of Croatian rookie Ivica Ivusic, I think time has run its course for the Greek goalkeeper in Piraeus.
Verdict: TRASH HIM
 
2. Igor Silva de Almeida (Defence)
Igor came from Asteras Tripolis in January as a backup for Omar Elabdellaoui after Diogo Figueiras left for Portugal. In minimal appearances, he did not show to have the quality required to play for Olympiacos.
Verdict: TRASH HIM
 
3. Alberto Botia (Defence)
Botia was already released from the club and after 4 seasons, the captain will be moving on. Although he was never a speedster, the Spaniard has slowed down considerably in recent seasons. His inability to keep up with the pace of the game has always led to reckless fouls and poor man-marking.
Verdict: TRASH HIM
 
4. Alaixys Romas (Midfielder)
In his two seasons for the club, Romao proved to be a true professional; someone who would always play hard and give his all. Unfortunately, he will be turning 35 this January and the miles are starting to show. With the probable arrival of Manolis Siopis and a few couple of signings, Romao will no longer be needed in Piraeus.
Verdict: TRASH HIM
 
6. Panagiotis Tachtsidis (Midfielder)
There is no denying that the Greek international has a ton of talent, the biggest problem with Tachtsidi is his careless party life. After the 3-0 loss in Giannina, Tachtsidis was caught partying in a club in Athens the same evening.
Verdict: TRASH HIM
 
7. Kostas Fortounis (Midfielder)
Back in September of 2015, Kostas Fortounis was a dominant force who helped Olympiacos defeat Arsenal 2-3 in the Emirates Stadium. Fast-forward to three years later and Fortounis has shown to be a shell of his former self. He seems unmotivated and at times border-line lazy. Even with all these negatives, Fortounis is the most talented player on the squad. The fact that he’s Greek also helps him as the board is looking to create a Greek core for the future. Fortounis, in my eyes, should get another year to really prove what he’s worth. If he repeats this year’s performances, he will not be in Piraeus after the summer of 2019.
Verdict: KEEP HIM
 
8. Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe (Midfielder)
There was such an air of excitement when Odjidja-Ofoe was signed last summer. His performances with Legia Warsaw in the Champions League were thrilling and there was talk that he would be the signing that would put Olympiacos over the top. Instead, he has also seemed uninterested and after he was victim to a home robbery before Christmas last year, he has shown no interest to continue playing football in Greece.
Verdict: TRASH HIM
 
9. Uros Djurdjevic (Striker)
Djurdjevic’s first season for the Reds has been a disappointment. The Serbian striker has struggled to find the back of the net, and much like his teammates, he has shown a poor attitude. If Olympiacos can recoup the 2.5 million euros they spent on him last summer, I wouldn’t think twice of letting him go.
Verdict: TRASH HIM

10. Marko Marin (Midfielder)
“The German Messi” has been inconsistent in his two seasons in Greece. To top it all off, it was his show of disrespect to Takis Lemonis on November 26th in Kerkyra that led to the board siding with the disgruntled players and ultimately firing Lemonis. At times he has shown flashes of brilliance, but for the most part, he has been very average. His poor attitude makes this an easy call.
Verdict: TRASH HIM
 
11. Kevin Mirallas (Forward)
It was a joyous celebration back in January when the Belgian international finally made his return to Greece. Fans who has followed him during his first run for the Erythrolefki were hoping for similarly dynamic performances. Instead, Mirallas looked like he was constantly a step behind. His Everton playing time had been significantly reduced, so the 30-year old was noticeably rusty. The price-tag to acquire him is monumental for Greek standards so his return to Piraeus does not make sense for the club.
Verdict: TRASH HIM
 
12. Ivica Ivusic (Goalkeeper)
The Croatian prospect hasn’t seen much action for Olympiacos but scouts claim he has a good upside. He’s only been at the club since January so he should be given a chance.
Verdict: KEEP HIM
 
13. Guillaume Gillet (Midfielder)
A talented midfielder, Gillet was outrunning everyone during the Champions League qualifiers last season. Much like Romao, however, his mileage was noticeable and he began to disappear in the second half.
Verdict: TRASH HIM
 
14. Omar Elabdellaoui (Defence)
The Norwegian right back came to the 44-time Greek Champions in the summer of 2014. His performances during the 2014-15 and 15-16 seasons were solid but injuries has since unraveled his career. Elabdellaoui seems to be a shell of his former self and a scenery change might do him wonders.
Verdict: TRASH HIM
 
17. Karim Ansarifard (Forward)
The Iranian striker was pegged to be Emmanuel Emenike’s backup this season, however, he slowly emerged as the team’s highest scorer. Ansarifard isn’t a complete striker, but he has shown that he belongs.
Verdict: KEEP HIM
 
20. Ehsan Hajsafi (Defender)
Hajsafi was acquired in January as a backup for Leonardo Koutris. Although he hasn’t been poor defensively, Hajsafi has been one-dimensional when it comes to his offensive game. With the return of Kostas Tsimikas being imminent, there is no reason for Hajsafi to start in Piraeus next season.
Verdict: TRASH HIM
 
23. Leonardo Koutris (Defender)
The team leaned on the 23-year old Greek left-back for the better part of the season. There were growing pains, but Koutris did show that he can keep up with the big boys. Along with Tsimikas next season, the left-back position is complete for Olympiacos.
Verdict: KEEP HIM
 
24. Silvio Proto (Goalkeeper)
Silvio Proto came to the club last summer to be Stefano Kapino’s backup. After Kapino struggled getting out of the gate, Proto took over and was the only true professional this team had all season. If the rumors of him leaving are true, he’s the only player that can be at peace with himself knowing he gave his best night-in and night-out.
Verdict: KEEP HIM
 
25. Nikos Vergos (Forward)
The Greek striker didn’t get much playing time this season, but at 22 years old, the future can still be promising. Vergos spent some time in the Real Madrid youth academies last season, so he’s definitely not short of talent. He deserves a chance to stick around if he performs well this Summer.
Verdict: KEEP HIM
 
28. Andre Martins (Midfielder)
Martins played less than 10 games this season but his attitude was always positive. He was never the most talented player, and the truth is there are a ton of Greek youngsters who should get a chance to showcase something to the administration this summer before he can. After two years of service, there is no use for the Portuguese midfielder.
Verdict: TRASH HIM
 
32. Athanassios Androutsos (Midfielder)
The 21-year old utility midfielder has been a solid option for the team. At such a young age, he can develop to be a potential starting XI player. With the Greek movement that is planned for this summer, Androutsos should stick around.
Verdict: KEEP HIM
 
40. Bjorn Engels (Defender)
The Belgian center-back was signed last summer to be a starting center-back for the Reds but his performances, much like the entire team’s, have been erratic. He’s only 23, though, and with the price tag that Olympiacos paid for him, he should be given another chance.
Verdict: KEEP HIM
 
43. Dimitris Nicolaou (Defender)
At 19 years old, Nicolaou is still learning the center-back position. His highlight this year came when he scored a goal at Camp Nou in Olympiacos’s 3-1 loss to Barcelona. Much like we said about Androutsos, Nicolaou should stick around.
Verdict: KEEP HIM
 
43. Pape Abou Cisse (Defender)
Besnik Hasi was not a big fan of Cisse’s last summer, but when Takis Lemonis was appointed as Team Manager in late September, he showed a trust in the tall center-back from Senegal. Cisse has shown passion and a willingness to get better. His passing game needs a lot of work, but he’s a guy who played hard all season long
Verdict: KEEP HIM
 
80. Marios Vrousai (Forward)
With the Greek movement gaining momentum, Vrousai played a few minutes towards the end of the season. The striker needs seasoning but he should be at training camp come this summer.
Verdict: KEEP HIM
 
90. Felipe Pardo (Midfielder)
In his second stint in Piraeus, Pardo showed some flashes of talent but his overall game was nothing extraordinary. He complained about his playing time on numerous occasions this season. He takes up a foreign spot and he does not seem to want to stick around anymore.
Verdict: TRASH HIM
 
92. Seba (Midfielder)
Simply put, a Brazilian forward who can’t dribble is a complete waste. Seba is very athletic, he works hard, but he has no offensive talent. He’s an average player who wouldn’t even be a reserve player in past Olympiacos teams.
Verdict: TRASH HIM
 

 
by Theo Bouras
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