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Scout Report – Kostas Mitroglou

In what proved to be a hectic last few days of the January transfer window, Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen bolstered his side’s ailing attack by acquiring the prolific Kostas Mitroglou from Greek outfit Olympiakos. The 25-year-old arrives at Craven Cottage on a four-and-a-half year contract, with the Londoners shelling out a club record £11m fee for his services:

Mitroglou joins fellow new arrivals Lewis Holtby, Johnny Heitinga, Larnell Cole and Ryan Tunnicliffe as Meulensteen adds to the Cottagers’ ranks in his bid to steer the club to safety. Speaking to the Fulham official website upon completion of the deal, the new frontman went on to say:

“I’m very happy that I’m here in the Premier League, and especially with Fulham which is a major club in the league. I’m here because I want to fulfil the club’s targets and I want to help the club achieve their goals. I was really flattered that they wanted me so badly and I’m really happy to be here. I’m really happy that I will work with René Meulensteen. I know that he has a lot of experience in football. He explained to me how he works and I am really looking forward to working with him. I also spoke to Giorgos [Karagounis] before I came here and he told me only the best things about Fulham.”

THE HISTORY

Having moved to Germany as a youngster, Mitroglou excelled in the youth ranks at MSV Duisburg and Borussia Monchengladbach before returning to his native country in 2007 to sign for Olympiakos. The six-foot-two forward struggled to make a real impression in his first few season at the club, though – Mitroglou was mainly a peripheral figure, producing 12 goals and seven assists over 55 games in four-and-a-half seasons before a loan move to Panionios in January 2011 afforded him the chance to flourish, with eight goals and an assist from 11 appearances in the Greek top-flight.

In spite of his scoring exploits, Mitroglou was loaned out once again the following season. This time around, he spent the entire campaign with Atromitos and, after notching 16 times in 28 appearances, was voted the Greek Footballer of the Year for 2011/12.

The following season, Mitroglou was retained by his parent club and racked up 11 goals and four assists from 25 league matches – all the more impressive given that 15 of those appearances arrived as a substitute. This term, finally installed as the main man up top, Mitroglou ran riot and notched 14 times in just 12 league games – he also fired a hat-trick against Anderlecht in the Champions League, taking his career tally to nine goals and two assists in 21 appearances in the competition. On the international stage, he’s returned 21 goals and a pair of assists in 49 matches for Greece, scoring three times in the recent World Cup play-off win over Romania, which ensured his nation’s passage to this summer’s tournament in Brazil.

THE PROSPECTS

There’s no doubt the Greek’s acquisition is a real coup for the Cottagers, with many European clubs – including Arsenal – previously linked with a move for his services. Whilst he’s expectedly strong in the air for his height, he’s more than just a typical target man – the 25-year-old is fast, agile and possesses a strong work ethic, with a rasping shot making him more than capable from set-piece scenarios outside the area.

With Dimitar Berbatov and Bryan Ruiz both leaving on loan deals until the end of the season, there’s no question Mitroglou will be Meulensteen’s lone striker. Bearing in mind that Darren Bent has netted twice and Steve Sidwell is the club’s top scorer with five league goals to his name, Fulham are in desperate need for a proven marksman to boost their survival bid.

Setting you back 6.5 in Fantasy Premier League (8.0 in the Sky Sports game and 3.0 in the Sun Dream Team), Mitroglou has been favourably priced across the Fantasy games, in spite of his recent scoring endeavours. Whilst cost and game time are on his side, Fulham’s form and fixtures are very much against the Greek. Mitroglou looks poised to make his debut this weekend after his registration arrived too late to allow him to play against Southampton last Saturday – the downside is he rolls up to Old Trafford on Sunday and also has showdowns with Liverpool and Chelsea in the next four Gameweeks.

Last night’s FA Cup defeat at the hands of Sheffield United took Meulensteen’s record to nine losses in 15 matches in charge – the type of form that will surely persuade Fantasy managers to steer well clear of their assets. With the likes of Jay Rodriguez available for a similar price ahead of Southampton’s kind upcoming schedule, Mitroglou will need to adapt to his new surroundings immediately in order to turn our attentions his way but, with Everton and City also on his agenda in the next eight, it seems wise to afford him the time to settle and perhaps reconsider him around the Gameweek 33 mark, when the schedule smiles a little kinder.

Mark Mark created the beast. He's now looking to tame it.”

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  1. EmreCan Hustle
      8 years, 2 months ago

      RMT for the UCL:

      D.Lopez
      T.Silva Alaba Chygrinski
      Isco Weiss Bernard Sam
      Messi J.Martinez Rvp
      Subs: Courtois Mkhitryan Alba Uchida

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      1. mærlight ⭐ FNZ - CW…
          8 years, 2 months ago

          According to Marca Cassilas will play UCL (http://www.marca.com/2013/09/05/en/football/real_madrid/1378366931.html)

          And a manu defender looks good for gw1

          Apart from that the backbone looks good.

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          1. EmreCan Hustle
              8 years, 2 months ago

              yeah I heard about that, but not many 3.5 options left. courtois is the main man!

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              1. mærlight ⭐ FNZ - CW…
                  8 years, 2 months ago

                  If you are that desperate: Wiland for Kobenhaben is a starter

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            • Ray In Bruges.
                8 years, 2 months ago

                Why did you bench though guys? Am I missing something about the rules of UCL? Sorry I'm new to it.

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                1. Ray In Bruges.
                    8 years, 2 months ago

                    those*

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                  • EmreCan Hustle
                      8 years, 2 months ago

                      They play on the second day, so I can get them in for my lowest performing players the next day!

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                      1. Ray In Bruges.
                          8 years, 2 months ago

                          That's how this works? Wow this changes everything.

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                        • Ray In Bruges.
                            8 years, 2 months ago

                            I thought that was just for the captain.

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                            1. EmreCan Hustle
                                8 years, 2 months ago

                                Read what the assistant manager suggests.

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                      2. cruzex
                          8 years, 2 months ago

                          Please rate my team!

                          Vorm
                          Toure Lescott Coleman
                          Nolan Eriksen Walcott Brady
                          RVP (C) Soldado Giroud

                          on the bench : Mcgregor, baker, Yanga-Nbwia, Barkley

                          Thank you!!
                          🙂

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                        • Alternative Music Show
                            8 years, 2 months ago

                            What time does the member newsletter come out please?

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                            1. RedLightning
                              • Has Moderation Rights
                              8 years, 2 months ago

                              Does anyone know whether there is still a members newsletter? I haven't received any this season, and haven't had any replies from support when I emailed them either.

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                          • Elly88 > Jammy Fox 33-37
                              8 years, 2 months ago

                              Terry or enrique

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                              1. Spurs FTW
                                  8 years, 2 months ago

                                  Enrique

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                              2. plantylfc
                                  8 years, 2 months ago

                                  opinions on if hazard will start

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                                  1. Ray In Bruges.
                                      8 years, 2 months ago

                                      He will do. Might be subbed at the 60 for Willian though.

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                                  2. RECKLESS
                                      8 years, 2 months ago

                                      Boruc or Migs this game week??

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                                      1. Ivor Headache
                                          8 years, 2 months ago

                                          I'm going with migs but only because I've Nolan otherwise Boric
                                          not sure if that helps

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                                      2. Ivor Headache
                                          8 years, 2 months ago

                                          Not happy having to use my free transfer but with Silva's news I've swapped for Eriksson!
                                          Good or bad
                                          I could not afford Ozil

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                                          1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                                              8 years, 2 months ago

                                              You've done it already?

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                                          2. Spurs FTW
                                              8 years, 2 months ago

                                              HBA or lampard
                                              Really need help

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                                              1. LOLarov
                                                  8 years, 2 months ago

                                                  Lamps

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                                              2. Dr. Strangelove
                                                  8 years, 2 months ago

                                                  Mignolet
                                                  Zabaleta - Vidic - Coleman
                                                  Coutinho - Walcott - Lamela - Brady
                                                  Giroud - Soldado(C) - Benteke

                                                  Lewis - Collins Chester Ward-Prowse
                                                  0.3m

                                                  WC team , good to go?

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                                                  1. Ray In Bruges.
                                                      8 years, 2 months ago

                                                      Lamela isn't starting, but Eriksen is! Look into it.

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                                                      1. Dr. Strangelove
                                                          8 years, 2 months ago

                                                          Was thinking about that, still its more like a long term investment. He might get like ~30min and grab some points. Thanks for the reply 🙂

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                                                    • Marstar
                                                        8 years, 2 months ago

                                                        Apologies if already asked.

                                                        http://totalfpl.com/pricechanges

                                                        Silva in now labeled [PROTECTED].

                                                        What's the go there ???

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                                                      • plantylfc
                                                          8 years, 2 months ago

                                                          walcott or tekkers capt ? cannot decide its on tekkers atm but im now leanin towards wally

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                                                        • GMOUSIKOU
                                                            8 years, 2 months ago

                                                            Fellaini and Aguero

                                                            or

                                                            Brady and RVP (-4)

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                                                            1. LOLarov
                                                                8 years, 2 months ago

                                                                B 100000000000%

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                                                            2. ADucksBehind
                                                                8 years, 2 months ago

                                                                Anyone taking a one week punt on a Utd player? eg. Nani, Valencia, Fellaini

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                                                              • LOLarov
                                                                  8 years, 2 months ago

                                                                  Dawson or Toure??

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                                                                • americanmessi
                                                                    8 years, 2 months ago

                                                                    Any advice? Is it worth it to use my wildcard? Thank you!!

                                                                    Mignolet (Davis)

                                                                    Clyne / Coleman / Ivanovic / (Olsson) / (Brayford)

                                                                    Hazard / Mirallas / Walcott / Nolan / (Bellamy)

                                                                    Soldado / Giroud / Dzeko.

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                                                                    1. keitho82
                                                                        8 years, 2 months ago

                                                                        dzecko has failed to imress and will be a bench player after negrado and aguero, mirallas is also a let down,, imo

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                                                                    2. afc-fantasy
                                                                        8 years, 2 months ago

                                                                        1. Mirallas/Ferdinand
                                                                        2. Barkley/ Evra

                                                                        1 or 2?

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                                                                      • Basicilly
                                                                          8 years, 2 months ago

                                                                          hit the wildcard before my holiday and just back now so looking for any help please!

                                                                          szczney boruc
                                                                          dawson koscielny Collins coleman chester
                                                                          walcot brady lamps hernandez Redmond
                                                                          benteke rvp sturridge

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                                                                        • Doar1986
                                                                            8 years, 2 months ago

                                                                            Nano or kagawa, I haven't got RVP so want a cheap way into the Man U squad. Or anyone else for less than 8m, Ben arfa? Already have Nolan

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                                                                            1. keitho82
                                                                                8 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                i wouldnt go for utd midfielder as u dont know who moyes will start, ignore utd midfield until someone someone is a defo

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                                                                            2. osceola31909
                                                                                8 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                Is Ben Turner still nailed down as a starter?

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                                                                              • Lucy.
                                                                                  8 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                  HBA 😀

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                                                                                  1. TheRedEyeJedi
                                                                                      8 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                      anyone worked out the bonus points?

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