Monday, 18th July, 2011

Former Liverpool youngster Krisztian Nemeth and Blackburn Rovers striker Matt Derbyshire look surplus to requirements at Greek giants Olympiacos after not being assigned a squad number for the new season.

Olympiacos announced their squad numbers yesterday, with several notable omissions, including Nemeth and Derbyshire.

The Greek champions’ coach Ernesto Valverde, is thought to want to operate with a squad of between 22 and 25 players, although the list announced by Olympiacos for the coming season contained 30 names, hinting the club’s squad could be trimmed even further.

Nemeth, a highly rated Hungarian forward, joined Olympiacos on a permanent basis from Liverpool in 2010. The 22-year-old had spent time on loan at Blackpool and AEK Athens respectively.

Last season Nemeth was loaned to fellow Greek Super League side Olympiakos Volou, clocking up ten appearances.

Derbyshire meanwhile first joined Olympiacos for a loan spell in 2009 before the Greeks quickly moved to capture his services on a permanent basis.

The English striker enjoyed a fine 2009/10 campaign, helping Olympiacos to win the Greek Cup and picking up the Man of the Match honour in the final.

However, with the arrival of Spaniard Valverde, Derbyshire quickly found himself surplus to requirements, frozen out of the former Villarreal man’s system. The striker spent time on loan at Birmingham City last season, although their relegation from the English Premier League makes a return unlikely.

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