After watching Russia in their last couple of games, it would appear that the country is starting a football revival of gigantic proportions.
Roman Pavlyuchenko – number 19 – celebrating last night
If the players in their current team are anything to go by, there have to be some great youngsters who Newcastle could sign, and with four top teams playing in Moscow, we could do a lot worse than having a permanent scout located in the Russian capital.
These Russians look so good, it would be useful for us right now to look at some of their younger stars, and while Andrei Arshavin may be out of reach, there are a number of their players that could do a job at Newcastle right now.
Just to select four from last night’s game, when they looked so much better than favored Holland, and excluding Arshavin:
- Roman Pavlyuchenko, striker,Â 26 of Spartak Moscow
- Yury Zhirkov, left wing-back, 24,Â of CSKA Moscow
- Igor Akinfeyev, goalkeeper, 22 of CSKA Moscow
- Denis Kolodin, center-back, 6’5″ tall, 26, of Dynamo Moscow 6â€™5â€
Notice these four players all play in Moscow, and they are all 26 years old or younger.Â And why wouldnâ€™t we immediately take a good look at the Russian Under-21 side, and take their best two players NOW.
So while we may have lost out on Arshavin, and that should tell us we need to sometimes take a chance and buy early, we could still fill a number of the positions we need to fill this summer, by buying Russian.
And that would also seem to fit the requirements of Newcastle owner Mike Ashley. They still wouldn’t cost too much inÂ transfer fees, given how good the playersÂ are, and their wages would not need to be sky high.
The only problem we may have at Newcastle, is that the weather may beÂ a little warm for them.Â 😀
What do you think?