Norwich City announced the signing of Dimitris Giannoulis on Tuesday afternoon, who will link-up with Daniel Farke’s first-team squad for the rest of the 2020-2021 season.
To get a better idea of what we can expect from the Greek defender, we’ve taken a look at his career so far and spoke to the man himself on what we might see.
Giannoulis is 25-years-old and primarily a left-back but is comfortable in a more advanced role higher up the pitch on the left-flank. Speaking on his playing style, the Greek emphasised the importance of speed in his game.
“I’m a fast player and I like to attack and I’m fast in defence as well. I like this style of football and I hope I adapt to the way we play and that the team gets promoted.”
Born in Katerini, Giannoulis has spent both all of his personal and playing life in Greece. Starting his youth career at Vataniakos, the left-back graduated to the side’s first-team in 2012, making 33 appearances for the Katerini-based team before signing for PAOK.
Signing with the northern Greek side in 2014, Giannoulis went on to have four loan spells around the country, playing for sides such as Pierikos, Veria, Anorthosis and Atromitos before deputising PAOK’s very own left-back position in the 2018-2019 season.
So far this season, the defender has made a total of 20 appearances for PAOK, scoring once and assisting four times in all competitions, including both Champions League qualifiers and the Europa League.
In his time with PAOK since 2014, Giannoulis has made 78 appearances for the Greek Super League outfit, scoring twice and creating ten assists, even picking up a league title and Greek Cup winners’ medal in the 2018-2019 season.
The left-back has international experience under his belt as well, making eleven appearances for Greece since his debut in 2018, going on to play against City’s very own Teemu Pukki on the international stage!
“I know some players, but not personally, like Teemu Pukki - who we played against in the Nations League.
“Pukki was the most dangerous player for Finland so we kept an eye on him! He’s a top player and it will be nice to play with him.”