It seems Nottingham Forest’s links with Olympiakos are set to pay dividends again this week. Reports are suggesting that 27-year-old Greek international Panagiotis Tachtsidis could be on his way to the City Ground. The transfer window may be shut, but the 25-cap Greek had his contract terminated by mutual consent at Olympiakos making him available on a free transfer.
He is certainly a player with pedigree. He was labelled a ‘wonderkid’ from a young age. The reason why was clear. Technically proficient but physically imposing at 6ft 4ins tall, AEK Athens handed him his debut at just 16-years-old. He became the youngest ever player in the Greek Superleague. That record has since been surpassed, but it was still quite the feat from the midfielder.
All the more astounding is what he did on his debut. Tachtsidis scored the winning goal in the 92nd minute of the clash with Thrasyvoulos to cement his position as a top talent in Greek football.
Since then his career has been an upward struggle. He got trapped in the Italian co-ownership system which saw him play for Genoa, Roma, Catania and Torino among eight Italian teams in total following his initial move to Italy in 2010.
But there is undoubted talent present with the 27-year-old and Nottingham Forest will hope to unearth it if he does complete his transfer.