Sokratis Papastathopoulos: Mentor to Plato and Holding

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  1. Lakersgooner24

    Lakersgooner24 Well-Known Member

    I can’t lie, the Boreham Wood performance had me a little bit concerned, but he’s been the type of player we’ve needed for years. A true old school defender who actually enjoys defending and is a warrior on the pitch.
     
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  2. bojed

    bojed AM Resident Joker #1 Trusted

    Both him and Thor are today's MOTM for me.

    Love it when he didn't hold back and gave a mouthful to Hudd's striker. Cashley used to do that week in week out and not many wanted to be at his end.
     
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  3. razörist

    razörist Soft With The Ladies, Hard With The Mes

    It was. Bundesliga is a very physical league and Sokratis had been outstanding there for years. What is a great athlete to you? Because to me Sokratis is very much a great athlete. He may not look like it because he doesn’t shave his legs and looks like he just rolled out of bed but he can match almost any defender in the league for power, strenght and pace.
     
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  4. Ceballinhos

    Ceballinhos Cheating on Santi

    He's a beast I do love him.

    I hope Sven can find another Sokratis this winter. We are going to need it with all those injuries
     
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  5. NieThePiet

    NieThePiet Loves Overhyping Our Rivals

    Think everyone is convinced now.

    Loved him since his days in our Werder Dress and now he is showing the same for Arsenal.

    You love him, when you have him as your player and hate him, when he is on the different side.
     
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  6. American_Gooner

    American_Gooner Not actually American. Unless Di Marzio says so. Moderator

    Koscielny and Kompany in their primes, Virgil Van Dijk; those are what I consider great athletes.
     
  7. LG10

    LG10 Well-Known Member

    He’s much better than I thought he’d be but he’ll eventually get punished for all the pulling/pushing he does
     
  8. Beksl

    Beksl Sell All The Youngsters

    Why, isn’t this the bread and butter of every proper English defender?
     
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  9. razörist

    razörist Soft With The Ladies, Hard With The Mes

    K
     
  10. SuperGoon

    SuperGoon Debbie Downer

    Best counter argument. On par with a 14 year girl.
     
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  11. zhaggy

    zhaggy Active Member

    That late header from depoitre would have gone in earlier seasons, thanks Sokratis!
     
  12. Preacher

    Preacher Anti-Ornstein

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    This table didn't lie. I was suprised after I saw this image at the time. Forwards and speedy wingers are having trouble getting away from him. Sokratis is a legit athlete. It's tough to find player, who would have such speed and strength combination.
     
  13. HBL

    HBL Well-Known Member

    I'm really not sure Torreira is that slow or that Holding is quicker than Özil & Welbeck.
     
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  14. Preacher

    Preacher Anti-Ornstein

    Torreira has very good acceleration, but his top speed is lacking. Having said that, Torreira doesn't need to have a quicker top speed, because he is a very good reader of the game and his positioning usually is top class.
     
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  15. Taurus

    Taurus Well-Known Member

    I cant believe I sighed when we were linked to this guy

    What an amazing signing.
     
  16. DanDare

    DanDare Emoji Merchant

    Holding ran at 97% Danny at 92%. Makes Danny’s top speed 10.2 Holdings 9.7

    Auba top speed 10.3 so just faster than Danny

    Guendouzi would be one of the fastest if he actually tried :lol:
     
  17. Batman

    Batman Bruce Wayne

    His gait reminds me a little of Roberto Carlos. Not the fastest over distance but so compact and powerful over the first few yards.
     
  18. Batman

    Batman Bruce Wayne

    Papa is kind of the poster child for the new attitude at the club. He's been much much better than I thought he would be.
     
  19. GoonerJeeves

    GoonerJeeves Up The Terriers

    They got it right when they signed him. Excellent cb for the money, and he brings an attitude that we needed. Top man.
     
  20. Tir Na Nog

    Tir Na Nog In Big Trouble If He Speaks

    Like his physicality and his old school aggressiveness when it comes to defending. I do feel like some refs might end up punishing him unfairly though knowing how happy they are to give decisions against us. Like the free-kick Son won from him last week, Sokratis likes the physical contact but a lot of forwards know if they go down then some refs will just automatically give the foul.
     
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