10+1 players that exceeded expectations in the 2018/19 season
Several players enjoyed breakout seasons in the 2018-19 Super League season, which led to sparking sharp increases in their market value. This does not include established stars such as Kostas Fortounis, but more so the ‘new’ players that seriously impressed. Here are eleven players who have seen their respective values rise, according to “Transfermarkt.”
Mateo Garcia (Aris)
He appears to be out of favour at parent club Las Palmas, and struggled to make an impression at Osasuna and Alcorcon, but found a home at Aris last season where he showcased his abundant talent in a free-flowing system. As a result, he has emerged as one of the hottest young prospects in the transfer market. The 22-year-old winger saw his value surpass two million euros as he was Aris’ top goal scorer in their first season back in the top flight, resulting in a UEFA Europa League qualifying berth. He scored 10 goals in the League and one in the Cup in a total of 2,702 minutes across the two competitions.
Felipe Souza Ferreyra (OFI)
The 21-year-old Brazilian forward joined OFI on loan from Curico Unido. He was a personal choice of manager Jaime Vera and dazzled in the match against AEK at OAKA. His speed and technique stood out. His loan spell in Heraklion ended in June and the Cretans are trying to acquire 100% of his rights, as AEK are also interested.
Leo Jaba (PAOK)
He arrived at PAOK from Akhmat Grozny valued at 2.5 million euros, but after an astonishing League-Cup double winning season at Toumba, his value has soared to eight million euros. The versatile Brazilian winger/forward played in 39 matches with a return of seven goals and seven assists. The player has declared that his future “rests in the hands of God” but Giorgos Savvidis has already stated he will not be sold.
Giorgos Masouras (Olympiacos)
From Ilisiakos to Panionios and Panionios to Olympiacos, the 25-year-old winger’s value has peaked at one million euros. Pedro Martins seems to trust him and he looks set to become a regular at the Reds. On top of this, he earned a spot in the Ethniki squad and has six caps to date. Olympiacos beat a host of European clubs to his signature. He ended the League season on 10 goals between.
Giannis Bouzoukis (Panathinaikos)
Perhaps the most impressive Greek footballer in last season’s edition of the Super League, the rookie midfielder has gone from strength to strength ever since his goal against Xanthi away in the opening game. He was a leading presence right until the end of the season and is already considered as a key player moving forward. He has attracted interest from European heavyweights such as Benfica and is in the midst of talks with Panathinaikos about a new contract. His value went from 200,000 euros to 1.25 million euros.
Leonardo Koutris (Olympiacos)
The Greek-Brazilian fullback was valued at 50,000 euros at Ergotelis, 300,000 euros at PAS Giannina, and now six million euros at Olympiacos. He has also earned a spot in the Ethniki squad after becoming a mainstay in his two seasons at Piraeus to date - he played in 24 games across all competitions last season and he will only get better. Interest from abroad has already begun for the player often labeled as the new Grigoris Georgatos.
Nascimento Madson (Atromitos)
The Brazilian central midfielder is not exactly a new player in the Super League, after enjoying two successive breakout seasons at Peristeri under the tutelage of Damir Canadi. One of Atromitos’ best players, he has already attracted interest from Greece’s top clubs. He has a contract with Atromitos until next summer and his value went from 600,00 euros to 900,000 euros.
Efthimis Koulouris (Atromitos)
Where do you start? The hottest prospect of them all after a whopping 25 goals in all competitions at Atromitos on loan from PAOK. At the beginning of the season, he was valued at 450,000 euros, however, he is now valued at 3.2 million euros (this is what Toulouse paid for him). He was the top goal scorer in the League with 19 goals, and also scored in the UEFA Europa League qualifiers. His goals showcased his qualities as he is good in the air and can score the spectacular from distance. He also broke into the Ethniki squad and will now wear the number 20 shirt at Toulouse in Ligue 1.
Sergio Oliveira (PAOK)
He was not an unknown when he came to PAOK, but he struggled to cement a spot at Porto and the critics were out. He played a vital role in PAOK’s ‘Invincibles’ season with his goals and all-round play on show. As a result, his value rose from six million euros to eight million euros after a successful loan spell. He has a contract with Porto until 2020, but PAOK will be hoping to at least get him back on loan again.
Mady Camara (Olympiacos)
The Guinea international signed with Olympiacos from Ajaccio in March last year and took his game to a new level. His impressive performances caught the eye, and his non-stop energy is his biggest trait. He was among those who covered the most ground in the Championship. He made 36 appearances (2.563 minutes) in all competitions to entrench himself as a regular. Monaco have allegedly been linked with his signature.
Giannis Papanikolaou (Platanias now Panionios)
The Athens-born winger has all the traits to become the “new Masouras” after impressing at Panionios. He recently joined the Nea Smyrni club from Platanias on a free transfer after refusing to agree to a new deal with the Chania-based club. He dazzled in the Football League last season with four goals and five assists (he was the scorer of Platanias’ second goal at the Theodoros Vardinogiannis Stadium against OFI in ‘that’ tense play-off match), and is now ready to tackle the top flight.