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Konstantinos Mitroglou Has Adapted Well to Portuguese Life

Friday 10th March 2017
Some of you may not know who Konstantinos Mitroglou is, but to those who do they will probably remember him from his brief spell at Fulham. Mitroglou is a typical forward and an avid goal scorer.

Although he was born in Greece, Mitroglou was raised in Germany. His first senior appearances were for Borussia Monchengladbach II. In 2007 he was sold to Olympiacos F.C. and scored bags of goals for the Greek giants. Ernesto Valverde was appointed the new manager in 2008 and didn't see Mitroglou as part of his plans. This lead to him being loaned out twice in 2 years to different Greek sides.
After coming back from his loan from Atromitos in 2012, Olympiacos appointed new manager Leonardo Jardim. This change gave Mitroglou great hope for his future. However, his season didn't get off to a great start. Rafik Djebbour was the first choice striker until he was struck with an injury. This was Mitroglou's chance to make himself known again.

"Mitrogoal" as some fans call him or "Pistolero" went on a scoring streak for Olympiacos including a goal against Arsenal in a 3-1 loss in the Champions League. This lead Mitroglou to find a great run of form for his beloved Greek side.

In 2014 Mitroglou signed for Fulham F.C. for a fee of £12M. Before joining Fulham the Greek forward had made 116 league appearances for Olympiacos and scored 57 goals. He also made 45 appearances out on loan scoring 25 times in the Greek Superleague.
Mitroglou only made 3 appearances for Fulham as there were injury and fitness complications. This led to him being loaned back to Olympiacos just 9 months after signing for Fulham. He managed to bag himself 16 goals in just 24 appearances in the Greek Superleague.

With a great record for the Greek side, he returned to Fulham only to be loaned out yet again. This time for Portuguese outfit, Benfica. After being loaned out he had another fantastic goal scoring season. Doubting pundits whether he could do it in another big league. He summed up an outstanding tally of 20 goals in 32 games. This led to Benfica winning the Primeira League title.

Two days after the celebrations Mitroglou signed on a permanent deal for a fee of 7 Million Euros. So far this season the Greek frontman has proved himself, yet again, with 13 goals in 20 matches. Nothing seems to get in the way of this talented striker.
His home country supports him very well, especially when he plays for the Greek national side. He has 12 goals from 52 appearances. Mitroglou has managed to score crucial goals in numerous World Cup and European qualifying matches.

Benfica are in pole position in the Primeira Liga - one point ahead of Porto after 24 games. The rest of the season looks like it will be key for Mitroglou to keep his current form. If he can do that then Benfica will be on course for the Primeira title yet again.

At 28 years old Konstantinos Mitroglou is probably at the peak of his career, but I believe he has so many years left in top level football. If a bigger club comes in for him I think he can do the job just about anywhere. In conclusion, I believe he is an underrated player with great talent.
Jamie Kynaston

For my sins, I'm a season ticket holder at Stoke City, I have been proud to watch them for over 20 years. I follow most of the UK leagues and the major European ones too, and I've been told that I talk way too much about football.


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