I had high hopes for Social Media’s Apostolos Vellios. He certainly looked the part, at 6ft 4in he was the same height as Big Dunc… Unfortunately, that’s where the similarities ended…
Although Vellios started well for us, scoring three goals after just 235 minutes of playing time, David Moyes lost faith in him. Soon he was permanently shunted down the pecking order with Nikica Jelavić and then Vic Anichebe coming into form.
Under Roberto Martinez, things weren’t much better – it wasn’t a fresh start for Vellios, rather more of the same – and the Greek striker refused to be loaned out to other teams.
Eventually, after a poor loan spell at Blackpool where he only played twice, he was shipped out to Lierse… Then loaned to FC Vestsjælland in Denmark… Then he returned to his first club, Iraklis in Greece, where he managed to hit double figures for the first time in his career as a goalscorer… Now he’s back in England, at Nottingham Forest, where he’s doing OK.
I would like to thank you Everton for these 3,5 years of my life, but most of all a big thanks to Evertonians.You will always be in my heart
— vellios apostolos (@tolisvellios) May 10, 2014
Thanks for the memories, Tolis. And for all those Instagram selfies…
Premier League: Saturday 12 Aug (TBC); Stoke City at Goodison
Saturday 19 Aug (TBC); Manchester City at Etihad Stadium