Fulham will wrap up deal until the end of the season for Athanasios ‘Thanos” Petsos that sees the Greek international make the switch from Werder Bremen.
Even though, boss Slavisa Jokanovic said out loud he was against loans after a succession of them last season went south, a good long hard look at the 25-year-old will determine if he is up to the tough ask of the Championship.
So why Petsos?
He’s adaptable for a start.
Petsos made his FC Kaiserslautern debut in 2010 as a right back, before a stint further down the road as centre back and then more recently as defensive midfielder for Werder.
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Saturday was not the best time for the ex-Wolves man to make an almighty mess of a back pass that fell kindly for QPR’s Ryan Manning to open the scoring in the west London derby.
Six-foot Petsos has earned a reputation as a tough player in the Bundesliga, so maybe the Championship that has seen many a foreigner cast adrift on the sea of physicality will prove no reef to the new man.
Why a loan deal now?
In truth, Werder don't want him.
He’s fallen down the club’s pecking order, not least because of outspoken comments about boss Alexander Nouri.
With Danish international Thomas Delaney and Florian Grillitsch vying for Petsos’s place, two might be company, but three’s a crowd.
Here's a flavour of what Fulham are about to get.
Is he available for full transfer?
Petsos has a Werder contract until 2019, but something in the region of £850,000 would see the Germans release him if all goes well from now until the end of the season.
He would certainly be a lot cheaper than the last big import with a Greek background.
The name Kostas Mitroglous, £12 million and all that, still sends shivers down the back of Cottage hierarchy.
Anything else we need to know?
Apart from being tough, and with the technical skills demanded in the Bundesliga, Petsos has a bit of a dig on him - allegedly.
But a mere six goals in six years means he has a fair bit to catch up on when hitting the back of the net.
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