No Prijovic, No problem for PAOK
PAOK are comfortably dealing without star striker Aleksandar Prijovic with the club finding 13 different goal scorers from their past 13 competitive fixtures. AGONAsport takes a closer look into life at PAOK without Prijovic.
When Prijovic was at PAOK, he netted 18 goals across all competitions this season proving as their main target when going forward. The current league leaders scored a total of 37 goals in their first 26 games across all competitions, coming to a team average of 1.42 goals per game.
With Prijovic’s departure in January, many PAOK players needed to step up in order to fill the void left by their most influential player. It took no time at all for the Thessalonikis to find a solution to the issue, with the team scoring a total of 37 goals from their past 13 matches across all competitions. Without Prijovic, PAOK now average 2.84 goals per match, almost 1.5 goals per game more than when Prijovic was in Thessaloniki.
The transfer of Prijovic left an opportunity for those second-choice players to prove themselves on the pitch and has allowed for PAOK to be less reliant on their striker up front. Instead, Lucescu’s men have found other avenues towards goal. PAOK have now spread the goal scoring load evenly across many different players making this current PAOK team less predictable. In their 13 games without Prijovic, PAOK have 13 different goal scorers which is a surprising and encouraging statistic for the Dikefalos tou Vorra.
Goal scorers since Prijovic’s exit:
5 Goals: Vieirinha, Biseswar, Swiderski
4 Goals: Jaba, Akpom
3 Goals: Mauricio
2 Goals: Matos, Pelkas, Oliveira,
1 Goal: Shakhov, Limnios, Henrique, Misic, Triantafyllopoulos (Own Goal)