Stefan Schwab, midfield lynchpin
Stefan Schwab came out on top in the vote via paokfc.gr and the PAOK FC Official App for the BOX MVP for October.
Schwab came quickly and quietly from Rapid Vienna as a result of the club’s scouting network. He was signed up before everyone realized that last season was over. And perhaps for that reason, the spotlight was not shone brightly in his direction. That was until the matches started of course. Because since then, everybody has come to understand that he is vital cog in this season’s new-look PAOK side.
And he has done so in his very own personal way. As much as his arrival may have been low-key, his impact his been exactly the opposite. So far this season, Schwab has been the epitome of efficiency. In 13 appearances, he has served up seven assists and ahs scored two goals. No mean feat for a player supposedly transitioning to life at a new club.
The Austrian is a modern box-to-box midfielder. He helps a lot to break-up the opposition’s play, always asks for the ball to try and create something, and he knows how play through the middle or switch the ball to the wings effectively. He is comfortable in possession and puts pressure on opponents, while proving a great provider as well as being a solid finisher.
What more could a coach ask for? This is the reason why Schwab is a permanent fixture in the starting XI and stays on the pitch for the full 90 minutes. During October he was in excellent form, and the poll on paokfc.gr and the PAOK FC Official App clearly recognized this, making him the October BOX MVP with an astonishing 78.69% of the votes.
In second place was Douglas Augusto who returned to action in dynamic fashion, and the podium was completed by Ingi Ingasson, who also produced some great performances both defensively and as an attacking threat from the back.