Talking Reds talent spotter
Waheed Vadi was impressed by Russia's two-goal hero in their opening win over Czech Republic...
Player name: Alan Dzagoev
National team: Russia
Club team: CSKA Moscow
Position: Attacking midfielder
Match scouted: Russia 4-1 Czech Republic (8 June 2012)
Key moment: Two very well taken goals. The first gave Russia the lead; the second gave them a two goal cushion. A very good performance.
Strengths: Dzagoev is a very good finisher – as he proved with his two very well taken goals. He also looks to be technically gifted and looks very comfortable with the ball at his feet. He is extremely quick (he showed that on numerous occasions when he got in behind the Czech defence) and he combines that with good vision and good creativity. A very clever player and looks to have a good work ethic (even though he played on the right side of a 4-3-3, he tracked back to good effect).
Weaknesses: He weighs just 70kg. He is very small and that would be a major problem moving to the English league. We’ve seen how a player like Zoran Tosic really struggled because of his slight build and the same could (and probably would) happen to Dzagoev. There were also one or two moments when he seemed to lose concentration against the Czechs.
Suitability: Well he naturally plays as a central attacking midfielder and seeing as we’ve agreed to buy Shinji Kagawa, he could come in as a squad player to cover both right wing and central midfield , but there will be too much competition for him to get a serious look in.
Estimated cost: He’s young and obviously very talented so I can see CSKA wanting a fee of around £15M. I’m not sure what his contract situation is like, but we know that there’s a premium placed on quality young talent these days and Dzagoev is clearly in that bracket.
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