Mavrias a Mackem: Paolo Di Canio’s 11th summer signing, squad number 35

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Ha’way our new Greek Lad.

On the cards all week, Sunderland have officially announced the signing of Charalampos (Charis) Mavrias, a Greek international, from Panathinaikos. The club says it’s for one of those tedious undisclosed fees; the Sunderland Echo‘s Graeme Anderson mentions a £1.5m down payment increasing by £1m with add-ons and the club can blame no one but themselves if that’s wrong. Fans are entitled to know.

PDC told Graeme before the deal was completed: “Until a player signs, I would prefer not to say too much about them. But what do I know about Mavrias? I know him, I know that he is a very good prospect, I know that he’s a very exciting player.”

The lad is only 19 and has agreed a three-year deal.

Over to “The Greek midfielder came through the Athens side’s academy. He made his club debut in the UEFA Champions League as a 16-year-old in 2010, becoming the second youngest player (behind Celestine Babayaro) ever to play in the competition. [He] made 59 domestic and 11 European appearances for the Greek side, scoring six goals.

“He has also made two appearances for the Greek national side, as well as being capped at U17, U19 and U21 level.”

Come in number 35 – his squad number – your time is now. Welcome to Wearside, Mauvrias, and let’s hope your career goes from strength to strength.

This is how Wikipedia lines up our squad:

5 DF Wes Brown
6 MF Cabral
7 MF Sebastian Larsson
8 MF Craig Gardner
9 FW Connor Wickham
11 MF Adam Johnson
12 DF Ond?ej ?el?stka (on loan from Trabzonspor)
13 GK Jordan Pickford
14 MF Jack Colback
15 MF David Vaughan
16 DF John O’Shea (captain)
17 FW Jozy Altidore
No. Position Player
18 FW Mikael Mandron
19 FW David Moberg Karlsson
20 GK Keiren Westwood
21 DF Modibo Diakité
22 MF El-Hadji Ba
23 MF Emanuele Giaccherini
24 DF Carlos Cuéllar
25 GK Vito Mannone
26 FW Steven Fletcher
27 FW Ji Dong-Won
28 MF Stéphane Sessègnon
29 DF Valentin Roberge
33 MF Lee Cattermole
35 FW Charis Mavrias
— DF Phil Bardsley

You’ll count 10. The 11th is Duncan Watmore, signed from Altrincham and one for the future.

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