Top-5 Greatest Young Talents in the SuperLeague
AGONAsport.com takes a look at the 5 greatest young talents from this year’s Greek Superleague.
In recent years, the financial recession in Greece has turned into an asset for young Greek players who either by need or by their talents, were given opportunities to shine with their club teams. Despite their young age, many managed to establish themselves in the roster of Greece’s biggest clubs, showing great potential and talent. AGONAsport.com takes a look at the 5 greatest young talents from this year’s Greek Superleague.
Panagiotis Retsos (Olympiacos)
Retsos was “raised” in the academies of Olympiacos and is the most profound representative of the future of Greek Football. The fact that he wore the captain’s armband before turning 20 (born August 9, 1998) in a game against Atromitos in the Greek Cup speaks for itself. His professional debut came on August 25 against Arouca in Europa League qualifying and since then, has been a regular in the Olympiacos roster and starting XI. He has played in numerous positions including, defensive midfield, wing back, and his preferred position as a stopper. He is regarded as the “foundation” of Olympiacos’ future and is believed to have a great career ahead of him.
Giorgos Manthatis (Olympiacos
It is common practice for Greek teams to choose foreigners when it comes to selecting players for the right and left midfield wing positions. Thus, it take some extra talent and recognition for a Greek player to earn his spot in that position, especially when playing for one of the Big-4 clubs. Yet, this year, 20-year old Georgios Manthatis became a regular in the Olympiacos roster after putting together some convincing performances in the Superleague, Cup, and Europa League fixtures. In addition, the youngster earned a call-up to the National Team in March for the first time in his career, showing that he will soon be a great asset for the Erythrolefki and National Team in the months ahead.
Kostas Galanopoulos (AEK)
Despite having Simoes and Johanson in front of him in the AEK roster, Kostas Galanopoulos managed to earn playing time this season with the Kitrinomavri and showed great potential for his career ahead. The 19-year old’s first appearance came in last season’s final play-off fixture against Panionios, where he put together a good display on the pitch. Since then, Galanopoulos’ top level appearances have established him as one of the upcoming defensive midfielders for AEK as well as Greek Football.
Stefanos Evaggelou (Panathinaikos)
Last summer Panathinaikos purchased quite a few players to enhance their defensive line, yet Evaggelou was neither sold nor given out on loan. Working his way up through the club, Evaggelou earned playing time at Panathinaikos and was considered a valuable member of the team. The Trifylli purchased Evaggelou from Panionios in 2015 and at the time he was the captain of the U17 National Team. His first appearance came against Kissamikos in the Greek Cup Round of 16 in January and since then, has seen more time on the pitch.
Alexandros Katranis (Atromitos)
Atromitos houses many young players that are considered great assets for the future of Greek Football. However, special recognition goes to Alexandros Katranis. The 19-year was a regular in the Atromitos roster and managed to cope with the pressures of the left back position, despite his young age. Katranis made his debut against Asteras Tripolis in September and has exceeded many expectations ever since.