Prolific Ponce enjoys memorable season in Greece
On loan from AS Roma, Argentinian forward Ezequiel Ponce has enjoyed a prolific season with AEK in Greece, scoring a grand total of 21 goals across all competitions to equal the statistic set by Ismael Blanco and Nikos Lymberopoulos.
Back in the 2006/2007 campaign, Blanco netted 21 goals in 39 matches across all competitions for AEK, before Lymberopoulos repeated the trick in the 2007/2008 season with 21 markers from 43 games. Since then, AEK have lacked a high-scoring striker, but Ponce has taken Greece by storm with a hugely impressive debut season with the Athenians.
Overall, the talented 22-year-old tallied 21 goals and four assists in 43 appearances, spearheading the AEK attack with the Kitrinomavri finishing in third place of the Super League and reaching the Greek Cup final. 16 of Ponce’s goals were registered in the Super League, with the remaining five coming in the Greek Cup. On Saturday, Ponce had the chance to extend that figure to at least 22, but he missed two big opportunities as AEK lost 0:1 to rivals PAOK at an empty Olympic Stadium. This is the third consecutive year when AEK have been Greek Cup runners-up.
Naturally, AEK are eager to keep Ponce on their books, but the Argentine is due to return to parent club AS Roma this summer with the asking price too high to sign him on a permanent basis. Reports have also suggested Ponce is keen to move to a stronger European championship. It remains to be seen whether AEK will break the bank in order to keep Ponce in Athens.
Transfermarkt rates Ponce’s value at three million euros.