Over the past few weeks the Greek sensation Nikos Karelis has been making quite a name for himself in the Belgium Pro League with his side Genk. The 24 year old talisman has racked up 6 goals and 2 assists in 10 games for them including an brilliant bicycle kick on his debut late in the game to beat Zulte Waregem 2-1. But before this he was already on another good run of form at his old club Panathinaikos where he got 9 goals and 5 assists in 19 games which is extremely impressive and not a surprise that clubs would be targeting him.
So who exactly is the man in question? Well Nikos Karelis is a former Arsenal trialist who was scouted and offered the chance to play for the English Giants when he was just 16 years old while plying his trade at his native side Ergotelis in April 2008 but the Deal with the Gunners fell through at the age of just 18. During his time at Ergotelis he was making a name for himself and was being tracked by afew European clubs. And it was then in 2012 that he would sign for Russian side FC Amkar Perm where he had a torrid time where he spent most of his days on the sideline watching rather than playing which destroyed the young Greek’s confidence massively and he was desperate for some game time so eventually he was granted his wish and went back to Greece where he would sign for Greek Giants Panathinaikos and this is where he would really start turning heads.
At Panathinaikos Karelis was having the best spell of his short career. In his first season managed 8 goals and 8 assists in 36 games which is pretty good for his first season and only playing 1,456 Minutes in the season which is roughly 53.9 minutes per game. But it was in his second season which was even more astonishing he would go onto get 19 goals and 4 assists in 48 games and even though it may not seem alot but he was tearing the Greek Super league up and he even managed to play for his country and scored a beautiful goal against Finland in the Euro 2016 Qualifier. It was in that very same season that there were rumours flying about that QPR were interested in the star striker but a deal was never made which was a massive loss for the side.
In his 3rd and final season for Panathinaikos he would get 9 goals and 5 assists in 19 games and was attracting some big clubs like Lille and Anderlecht wanted this top hidden talent. And eventually on the 13th January KRC Genk would sign the Forward on a 3 and 1/2 year deal for the fee of around €3m which is a bargain for what he can do. He is a strong and pacy player that can make some great runs to make some brilliant opportunities for himself to score goals. Not only that but he can also score some wonderful long range efforts. Nikos is a tremendous player and it there was no doubt that a club like Genk wouldnt want his services and for a measly price of €3m it is a huge bargain which is already paying off now with what he is providing to the team and helping them win games. Karelis is definitely a top young talent that you should look out for in the near future as he is only going to get better and who knows one day we may see him dominating the Premier League in years to come. Who knows? We will just have to wait and see.