After a short absence, Thrylos World’s periodic look at how Olympiakos’ players out on loan abroad returns. As this is the first Loan Watch of 2016, and since the transfer window opened and closed, there has been a slight shuffling of the pack. Some players that were out on loan earlier in the season have left the club on a permanent basis during the window, while others that were at the Karaiskakis at the start of the season find themselves playing the remainder of the season out on loan.
Standard Liege benefitted in the first half of the season from the successful loan signings of Mathieu Dossevi and Sambou Yatabare. Both players had established themselves as first team regulars for the Belgian giants. The inclusion of the two players and the form showed by both players helped Standard climb the league, in what has been a poor season for the side so far. Dossevi’s loan move was made permanent this month, while the form of Yatabare earned him a permanent transfer to Werder Bremen in Germany’s Bundesliga.
The out-going transfers of these two players have not brought an end to a Thrylos interest with the Liege side, however. Club captain Giannis Maniatis, in a quest for regular first team football and to force his way back into contention for an Olympiakos starting place, has joined his former teammate, Dossevi, on loan until the end of the season. Maniatis made his debut for his new side on Sunday, featuring for the first 58 minutes in Standard’s 1-2 home defeat to St. Truiden. It was a disappointing defeat, however, Liege remain just 3 points outside of the European play-off places and with the number of games remaining will still fancy their chances of achieving that goal.
Another player finding himself finishing the season away from the port after starting the season under Marco Silva is Tasos Avlonitis. A late move in the window saw the 26 year old defender move to Austria with a loan move to Sturm Graz. Sturm Graz currently sit 4th in Austria’s Bundesliga. Avlonitis made his debut this weekend, playing the full match – a 2-2 draw away at Altach.
Jorge Benitez remains in Mexico and played the full game for Cruz Azul this weekend, although he was unable to help his side improve on a 1-1 scoreline at Tijuana. That draw sees Azul two points outside of the play-off places, just 5 games into their new season.
Dimitris Diamantakos maintained is role as Karlsruher’s starting striker, but was unable to find the net as his side drew 1-1 in their home tie with FSV Frankfurt. Dimitris finds himself still as his sides top scorer for the season, with four goals in the league so far this season.
Michael Olaitan finds himself with a different club for the second half of the season. Olaitan started the season in the Eredivise with FC Twente, he became a first team regular and was not short of game time, but was unable to find scoring form. His lack of goals brought an end to the loan arrangement and a new loan deal was quickly arranged with Belgian side KV Kortrijk. This weekend saw Olaitan feature for the first 56 minutes for his new side; as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Westerlo. A result that sees KV remain seated in the stark comfort of mid-table security, no real immediate danger of relegation, yet nowhere near the standard required to challenge for the title or European qualification.
Moving the focus across to Cyprus, where like Belgium, we have a high level of interest with three Thrylos players still playing their football on the island.
Giannis Gianniotas played a full 90 for table-topping APOEL as they defeated Achnas 3-1. APOEL sit aloft the division, a point clear of AEK Larnaca.
Anorthosis are hot on the heels of APOEL and Larnaca, just two points off the top. The gap was closed Monday night, when they thumped Paphos 5-1. Martinez played a full 90′, while Tzanakakis sat the whole game out on the bench.
Nikos Vergos was an unused substitute for Elche, while Marko Scepovic was not in the matchday squad for Mouscron.