Anastasakos Has "Nothing To Prove" At PAOK

The message is loud and clear from PAOK's second-choice striker: I'm a team player and have nothing to prove.
PAOK striker Ilias Anastasakos says he is settling in well at his new club, whom he joined from Thrasyvoulos during the summer.

Top scorer in the Greek second-division – the Beta Ethniki – last season, he helped his former club to promotion before moving to Thessaloniki.

He scored his first goal for PAOK at the weekend during their 1-1 home draw with Asteras Tripolis but also missed a wonderful chance to win the match for his side in injury-time.

With first-choice striker Zlatan Muslimovic injured, the 30-year-old will now be looking to grab a rare first-team opportunity.

He was quoted by his club’s official website as he spoke at a press conference: “I feel very good about being at PAOK and now that I have my first goal, I feel even better.

“It is a difficult adjustment when moving from a Beta Ethniki to a Super League side, but the management, players and coach have made me feel at home.”

He added: “I wasn’t waiting for Muslimovic or anyone else to get injured.

“Muslimovic is a very good player whom the team needs, but I don’t try to prove anything to anyone.

“At training and during the game, I simply strive to help the team achieve its goals.”

PAOK are currently in second place in the Greek Super League ladder, six points behind Olympiakos.

They will play host to Skoda Xanthi on Sunday.

Chris Paraskevas, Goal.com