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Apostolos Vellios

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Date of birth: 08.01.1992

Place of birth: Thessaloniki

Age: 19

Height: 1,91

Nationality: Greece

Position: Striker

Foot: Right

SM Rating: 77

Apostolos Vellios is a young Greek striker currently playing for Everton FC. Vellios joined the Iraklis youth academy in 2008 and made his first team debut one year later on the 26 April 2009 in which he appeared as a late substitute against Skoda Xanthi. However it took a couple of months for him to grab his first team goal which came against Greek giants Olympiacos which earned his team a point. He then went on to make 22 appearances in the Greek Super League scoring 4 goals before moving to Everton.

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Vellios goal at 1:10

Everton then managed to agree a fee with Greek side Iraklis and in January 2011 he headed to England and signed for Everton. He then spent majority of the season in the reserves were he did well. He also managed to make 3 substitute appearances before the season ends, coming on against Aston Villa, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers. During the Pre-Season he played a few times for the team.

Vellios was then an unused substitute for Evertons first two games of the season against QPR and Blackburn Rovers until he made his first appearance of the season coming on as a late substitute against Aston Villa, in which he was unlucky not to score. He showed he had a good touch and a good eye for goal and was only denied by a great save from Shay Given. I think he will make a number of substitute appearances this year due to Saha's fitness troubles, Anichebe not really a goal scorer and Denis Stracqualursi being untested at this level so he might not be able to cut it. I wouldn't buy him yetas he has only played 6 minutes but I would keep an eye on him as he could earn him self a small rise in the next changes.

Vellios has also appeared at international level for Greece at U17, U19 and U21 level. He has made in total 22 appearances combined (3 for U17, 14 for U19 and 5 for the U21). He has also scored 8 goals in total (7 for U19 and 1 for U21). However he has yet to appear for the senior team.

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Vellios goal at 0:51

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Re: Apostolos Vellios - Everton's Greek Striker

Snapped him up' date=' thanks :)[/quote']
Snapped this guy up' date=' from the little time he's played he looks impressive.[/quote']

Don't expect massive rises yet but he should get plenty of game time especially with Saha moaning a lot lately, Anichebe being useless and Straqualursi only recently joining.

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Re: Apostolos Vellios - Everton's Greek Striker

They really need to start giving him more game time' date=' he has scored twice for everton with minimal minutes and scores regularly for Greece's U21 team. He has the making of a good player.[/quote']

I fully agree and he can't do any worse than the other strikers in the team anyway.

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