If you want to find a great defender, look for him in Greece. Greece has been a source of more than serious players on the side defensive positions in the past years, and we can say for a decade, which is confirmed by the fact that in the last six months, even two were "exported" to England.
Kostas Tsimikas went to Liverpool as a special class of players this summer to be a hell of competition to one of the best-left backs on the planet, Andrew Robertson, and today PAOK left-back Dimitris Giannoulis arrived in England who moved to Norwich.
It may be a team from the Championship, but it is taking unstoppable steps towards returning to the Premier League and is already creating a team to participate in the elite rank of the competition. Giannoulis arrived at Carrow Road on a loan worth 500,000 euros, with a must-buy clause of 6,500,000 if the Canaries expect to end up in the Premier League.
A good example for local sports workers, who are often thinking that defenders cannot be sold for a serious amount of money. Two big Greek clubs sold the two to England for a total of 20,000,000. Dimitris Giannoulis (25) is a serious PAOK product.
He arrived in Thessaloniki in 2012 from the lower league of Vataniakos for compensation of only 20,000 euros, and until 2019 he played on loan in Pierikos, Veria, Anorthosis, and Atromitos. Last season, he explode on the left side of the Thessaloniki club, where he has played 74 games in all competitions so far and scored two goals.
Giannoulis also confirmed his quality in the national team jersey, which he wore 11 times, after which serious clubs such as Rennes, Monaco, Napoli, Atalanta Porto, and Newcastle became interested in him.
Even Manchester City was mentioned, who allegedly saw Giannoulis as a reserve for Benjamin Mendy. Norwich, however, was seen as the best place for his further development. Xavi Quintilla, who arrived in Norwich on loan this summer, had problems with a hip injury, he returned to the field last weekend in the FA Cup against Coventry, but it is certain that the Canaries will not use the option to buy him at the end of the season.
Jacob Sorensen was forced to play in that position and did a good job, but Norwich now wanted to provide a permanent option in the burning place in the team and it is believed that this was done with Giannoulis. The Canaries did not dare to allow them to welcome the summer without a quality left-back.
The Greek footballer has exceptional speed, which is why he is very active in attack, but he also performs defensive tasks very well. These six months should help him fully adapt to English football.