The Football League’s key scorers
With 20 rounds of the Football League in the books, the promotion picture is becoming rather clear. Aris Thessaloniki are practically certain of a long-awaited return to the Super League, but a thrilling battle for second spot between OFI Crete and Panachaiki is heating up.
Aris have been superb during the 2017/2018 campaign, winning an impressive 15 out of 20 matches and currently undefeated. Boasting 50 points, it seems certain that the Thessaloniki outfit will earn promotion to the Super League, but who joins them is a different matter. OFI are on 48 points, however Panachaiki are only five behind in third place. In connection with the exciting finale in store in the Football League, AGONAsport takes a look at which players have caught the eye in Greece’s second tier with their goalscoring feats for their respective clubs.
Dimitris Manos, OFI Crete
In his second season with the Cretan club, the 23-year old forward is coming into his own. Manos has been simply unstoppable in the Football League, grabbing an excellent 16 goals in just 15 matches to propel OFI to second place. Manos is without doubt OFI’s star man this campaign, leading the historic club to potential promotion. He’s capable of scoring stunning goals too, as his second marker against Doxa Dramas earlier in the season showed.
Hugo Cuypers, Ergotelis
Ergotelis find themselves languishing in 12th place of the Football League table, but Belgian striker Cuypers is enjoying his debut season in Greece. In 18 matches, Cuypers has bagged himself a decent return of 13 goals, single-handedly giving Ergotelis a chance of staying in the division. He’s only 21 too, meaning there’s a high possibility he’ll be snapped up by a bigger club should Ergotelis be relegated to the Gamma Ethniki.
Panagiotis Moraitis, Panachaiki
Only 21 years of age, Moraitis has turned into one of Panachaiki’s leading lights this season, hitting the target on 10 occasions in 17 Football League matches. Interestingly, the only matches where Moraitis scored but Panachaiki failed to win were against Panserraikos (1:1), Aris (1:2) and Ergotelis (1:2). Generally, when Moraitis is at his best, Panachaiki achieve the required result. Panachaiki happen to be OFI’s biggest promotion opponents.
Dimitris Diamantopoulos, Aris Thessaloniki
Last year, striker Diamantopoulos made a huge contribution to Apollon Smyrnis’ promotion to the Super League. Incredibly, just one season later, he is doing the same with Aris. Diamantopoulos is Aris’ top scorer with eight goals from 15 appearances, helping the club to pull away in first position. Surely he will get a taste of top flight action if Aris win the league as expected.
Nikolaos Kouskounas, OFI/Doxa Dramas
Kouskounas actually started the season with OFI Crete, but in the winter transfer window, he opted to jump ship to Doxa Dramas. He is continuing his eye-catching scoring form with Doxa, registering five goals in ten matches with his new club. It’s worth noting that Kouskounas displayed potential in his short six-month stay with OFI, earning a return of three goals from seven fixtures. The 29-year old has spent the vast majority of his playing career competing in Greece’s lower leagues.
Giannis Loukinas, A.E. Karaiskakis
At the moment, Karaiskakis occupy a comfortable position of seventh place in the standings, 10 points clear of the relegation zone. A big reason behind their solid season is forward Loukinas, who previously spent three years in the Super League with Iraklis. Despite only scoring six goals in 18 matches, his markers have been vitally important in Karaiskakis’ bid to stay in the Football League for another year.