Dimitris Diamantakos is referred to by many as the Spartan, and the young striker will be looking to show his warrior spirit and impress in his first spell outside Greece.
The 22-year-old came through the ranks at Olympiakos and, after a few frustrating loan spells and a disappointing campaign last season, Diamantakos will hope he can find his feet again and start to fulfill his potential.
Plenty of experience at a young age
For the 2012/13 season, Diamantakos went out on loan to Panionios FC and Aris – making a combined total of 21 appearances. Unfortunately for him he failed to get on the score-sheet during both loans.
A year later the striker was sent out on loan once again, this time toErgotelis FC. This was where he started to find his feet, to date this was his best season as a professional player. In 25 appearances in the league he managed to find the back of the net nine times.
After a successful loan spell Olympiakos decided to keep the young striker around. Sadly for him, he had limited time to shine as he settled for a role mainly off the bench. Diamantakos scored four goals last season, two in the league and two in the cup, featuring eight times in the league and seven in the cup as he helped Olympiakos on their route to winning the latter competition.
He is to test himself in Germany now, and in what is one of the most entertaining leagues around – the 2. Bundesliga. Karlsruhe have secured a season-long loan for the striker with a chance to sign him permanently at he end of the campaign. It could well be a match made in heaven, Karlsruher SC are a side who have just missed out on promotion and they need fire power to take that extra step.
Jens Todt delighted with his new signing
Not only will Diamantakos add to the attacking force of Rouwen Hennings, Erwin Hoffer and Dimitrij Nazarov with his time in the Greek League, he will also contribute a small amount of Champions League experience, something which Jens Todt is pleased about, “He is young, but has already amassed considerable experience in Greece’s top division as well as the Champions League. Overall, we are pleased that he is now with us.”
Diamantakos told Karlsruhe’s website, “I am very happy to get this opportunity at KSC, there were other requests but I really wanted to come here. Now I want to do everything and do my part to ensure that we are successful.”
Karlsruhe have started the season surprisingly poorly and their two opening games have ended in defeat. It may be too soon to see Diamantakos start against Reutlingen, however a short run out of the bench could be on the cards. Karlsruhe will hope to kick start their campaign sooner rather than later and providing Diamantakos adapts, he could well be the key that opens the door for a successful year.