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Thursday, 10 November 2011

Apostolos Vellios

Name in native country: Απόστολος Βέλλιος
Date of birth: 08.01.1992
Place of birth: Thessaloniki
Height: 1,91
Nationality: Greece
Position: Striker - Centre Forward
Foot: right
Nickname: Tolos

Apostolos Vellios is a strong forward who is good in the air and broke into the Everton first team at the start of 2011. Since the arrival of Nikica Jelavic, Vellios has found first team opportunities limited.

Did You Know? Vellios is still a big fan of Greek team Iraklis!

Vellios started his professional career at Iraklis in 2008. He made his debut against in a 4–1 away defeat by Skoda Xanthi on 26 April 2009, as he came in as a late substitute for Dimitris Giantsis, for the last round of the 2008–09 season.

His first goal was an equalizer in injury time against Olympiacos in Karaiskakis Stadium on 7 November 2009, to help Iraklis escape with an away draw against the Greek giants. He was named MVP of the 10th round of the Greek Superleague for his performance in that match. At the end of the season, he totalled nine appearances for the club, all as a substitute, and two goals.

Following interest from Fulham, Olympiacos,0 AEK, and Bologna, Vellios signed for Everton in January 2011 for a fee of £250,000 on a 4 year deal. Vellios scored Everton Reserves' only goal in his debut, as they suffered an 5–1 home defeat against Blackburn Rovers Reserves.

Vellios made his first-team debut for Everton against Aston Villa in the Premier League, on 2 April 2011, replacing Jermaine Beckford after 80 minutes.

He scored his first goal for the first team in a home 3–1 win against Wigan Athletic on 17 September 2011.

His second goal was scored away against Chelsea after being on the pitch for only 18 seconds, 8 seconds from play being restarted.

Once again he appeared as a substitute away at Bolton Wanderers, he scored with a right footed shot to make it 2-0, making it his third goal for Everton after playing just 235 minutes on the pitch.

Due to injuries and such luck Vellios didn't figure much more for Everton towards the end of the 2011-12 season, being mainly used as a substitute by boss David Moyes.

Vellios featured mostly for the reserves in 2013 and was rarely in Everton's first team squad during the 2012-13 season.

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