Norwich City have signed Christos Tzolis from Greece’s PAOK for an undisclosed transfer fee on a five-year contract.
At just 19 years-old, Tzolis has scored 17 goals in 56 appearances for PAOK across all competitions and helped PAOK win 2020-21 Greek Cup, whilst also impressing for Greece with one goal in eight senior appearances.
Speaking to canaries.co.uk about his move, Tzolis said: “I would like to thank everyone for the very good welcome. I’m very happy to be a part of this team and I hope to see the fans as fast as possible.”
The 19 year-old has also spoken to manager, Daniel Farke, iterating that Farke has a “plan” in regards to how Tzolis fits into the team as part of a “very good project” at Carrow Road.
It was those discussions that quickly persuaded Tzolis to make the switch despite enjoying an impressive first full campaign last season at PAOK, as he said: “From the first moment, I was really excited to come here. I said to my agent to sign as fast as possible here. It’s a very good step for me.
“(Last year) was my first professional season. I had good stats and we won the cup in Greece. It was a very good season for me and I hope to continue like this here in the Premier League.”
Farke in turn revealed that he is “delighted” with Tzolis’ arrival despite having to fend off interest from bigger teams around Europe for his signature, tipping the Thessaloniki-born to be “one of the most exciting offensive players” in his age group this season.
Speaking about what Tzolis brings to the team, Farke said: “He’s a young winger with lots of pace and potential. He’s in a good physical condition and has been there delivering with many goals and assists for a big club in Greece in PAOK.
“Of course, we will give him the time to improve and adapt to English football, but we have a player with lot of potential and a great personality.”
Tzolis will wear the number 18 shirt for 2021-22 season.