Celtic pulled off a big move in the summer when they signed last season’s Eredivisie top scorer, Giorgos Giakoumakis, from VVV-Venlo. Considering his incredible numbers from last season, the Greek striker did come in with a lot of expectations but his time in Glasgow has already had its fair share of ups and downs. It does feel like he is finally coming into his own though, which is brilliant news for the Hoops.
For his first several months at Celtic, Giakoumakis struggled with fitness issues and even when he was on the pitch, he did not do much. Following the winter break, he has gotten a decent run of games though and is finally starting to look like the striker who topped the Eredivisie scoring charts last season.
Giakoumakis was the hero on the weekend as it was his hattrick that powered Celtic to a 3-2 win over Dundee FC and extended their lead at the top of the Premiership table to three points.
Now, he has revealed the names of the two players, who had a hand in his move to Parkhead in the summer. As tweeted out by Celtic’s official account, when asked about whether he had spoken to any Greek players before his transfer, Giakoumakis answered:
“I called Barkas, we were teammates in Athens, and I also called Samaras. Samaras and Barkas explained how big the club is and how great the fans are. The decision was already easy for me but they had great words to say.”
Giakoumakis is starting to look like a good signing for Celtic
It is funny how quickly perspectives can change in football. A month or so ago, it is safe to say that most Celtic fans would have been disappointed with how the Giakoumakis move had gone.
Since then though, he has scored quite a few goals for the club and important ones, while also impressing with his overall play, and it is looking like it was the right move on the part of Celtic to sign him.
He certainly brings something very different to this side, that they did not have for quite some time to be honest.
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