Will Newcastle Pursue The Brilliant Yuriy Zhirkov?


While Andrei Arshavin may be out of reach for Newcastle United, another Russian has also been playing brilliantly at Euro 2008, and we hope Newcastle will bid for left-wing-back Yuriy Zhirkov

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Yuriy Zhirkov – can play left back or left wing

Yuriy is the player most fans will know for his exciting attacking forays down the Russian left wing.

Quite honestly, this boy looks made to measure for a Kevin Keegan side, and is probably the best left-back at the Euro 2008 championships.

He can play left back or left wing, so if we got him we could sell Damien Duff, who we feel will be leaving the club before the end of August in any case.

His goal against Hamburger SV in the UEFA Champions League of 2006-07 was chosen as best goal of the competition by the UEFA Magazine “Goal”.

Zhirkov looks a terrific player, and just 24 years old, and his great creativity, skill and speed make him one of CSKA Moscow’s and Russia’s most prized football assets.

Yuriy is known as The Russian Ronaldinho, for his dribbling skills and audacity on the field.

He is also a very hard working player as we have seen with the Russian side, who have left their old militaristic style of the 1970’s behind them, and now play wonderful open and attacking play under their brilliant Dutch coach Guus Hiddink.

We wonder if Russia will try to keep Hiddink as coach, after their great success over the last two years , where they have qualified ahead of England in the group stages of Euro 2008, and are now in the semi-finals and could well win the whole thing.

Zhirkov was born in Tambov, Russia, and turns just 25 years old in August, and would be a terrific acquisition for Newcastle.

And when we have one Russian at the club, we’ll be in a much better position to attract some of their other players , who have looked so very talented at Euro 2008.

Yuuriy has played for CSKA Moscow 110 times with 11 goals , and has 23 caps for his country.

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66 comments so far

  • WADDLE

    Jun 24, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #1

    Wall virginity. haha i am so cool!!

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  • WADDLE

    Jun 24, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #2

    I just heard from a mate that chopra is close to agreeing a deal. shocking.

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  • NUFCAl

    Jun 24, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #3

    Wall virginity…I would be happy to see this bloke on the left hand side, because Zog’s got an awful attitude and work rate. Got the feeling a few more clubs are going to be after him and his price will be pretty high after the tournament he’s had.

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  • Nev

    Jun 24, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #4

    i would like to think so … but i doubt KK will rate him … “too old and no prem experience”

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  • broon ale

    Jun 24, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #5

    is this the right picture of him? where are his eyes? he looks like a demon

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  • broon ale

    Jun 24, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #6

    too old! he is 24,,

    i must be a veteran and i am only 25.

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  • The Entertainers

    Jun 24, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #7

    He looked a great player, but does this story have any credable source?

    Or are we just hoping……….

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  • YongMalaysia

    Jun 24, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #8

    yes, he is good, let get him now. Keep Enrique but sell Duff and N’Zogbia with good value. Add the money to buy some other good players.

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  • Hadji

    Jun 24, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #9

    Zhirkov would take the primat of the best LB in EPL in just 1 season,he’s better than Ashley Cole if you ask me.

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  • Graeme

    Jun 24, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #10

    Far, far better than Duffer. If the duffster goes then this guy would be an excellent replacement.

    With Enrique backing him up, we would actually be able to attack down BOTH wings for a change!!

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  • broon ale

    Jun 24, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #11

    better photo ed!

    the previous one was weird. he looked like an extra from the evil dead.

    still no eyes though.

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  • Davies

    Jun 24, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #12

    Sign him today. I bet Tom Toon will have a heart attack.

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  • leavy

    Jun 24, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #13

    hey a little off topic but super shay has come out and said he wants too stay here for life
    personally im delighted as he is without doubt the premierships most consistent goalkeeper/

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  • Beattie

    Jun 24, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #14

    FFS “wall virginity” get a grip lad.

    agreed, it would be an excellent replacement for Duff.

    and with him signed, a certain other russian might be slightly more inclined this way

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  • Gunnar/Iceland

    Jun 24, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #15

    Would be a great asset. But have we been linked with him? Since I’ve heard nothing about the club keeping the tabs on this player I think this is a pure fantasy.

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  • Tony

    Jun 24, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #16

    Having no premiership experience only really counts towards players who are light weight, i.e. Arshavin. Amazing player but very light weight so i think he would be better suited to la liga. However Zhirkov is definately not light weight and has the pace and skill to get himself out of any problem. I feel a bid of around £8m-£10m would be enough to get CSKA to start talking. And too old at 24 that is pure nonsense considering most players won’t hit their prime until about 26 and this usually carries through until at least the age of 30!

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  • broon ale

    Jun 24, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #17

    surely his club will want silly money for him.

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  • 51times

    Jun 24, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #18

    Would be better on the wing than at LB.

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  • broon ale

    Jun 24, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #19

    lennon on the right. charlie on the left. butt and aimar in the middle. owen and viduka up front.

    lovely jubly

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  • Tony

    Jun 24, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #20

    Doubt very much they would want silly money as CSKA are only a relatively small club now (compared to the power of Zennit, Spartak Moscow), they used to once be the big club in Russia but lack of funds has seen them slip so he would most likely be available at a decent price to free up funds for a few players to add to their squad.

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  • WADDLE

    Jun 24, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #21

    CHOPRA HAS INDEED SIGNED!

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  • CRAIGG

    Jun 24, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #22

    I dont think he would be bought as a LB, As he isnt great defensively but as a winger opposite Lennon…Amazing

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  • broon ale

    Jun 24, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #23

    russia is a very cash rich country, they pay big wages and have players on large contracts, therefore meaning they are in a posistion of power when it comes to transfer fee’s they can demand.

    hence the silly money they are asking for JO off man city.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 24, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #24

    Let’s have a whip round!..

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  • faustino

    Jun 24, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #25

    F

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  • faustino

    Jun 24, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #26

    Can he not play on the wing rather than wing-back?

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  • ToonKing

    Jun 24, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #27

    would be absolutely delighted with Zhirkov, but this is just us hoping………….

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 24, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #28

    Tony, Arshavin is a chunky monkey mate, certainly not lightweight bro’…Was Pedro lightweight?..He was way smaller than Arshavin!..

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  • valle

    Jun 24, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #29

    First of all, this is just guessing, we havnt been linked with him at all and 2nd seems like people are unsure whether he is best at left back or left wing.

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  • faustino

    Jun 24, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #30

    Nope both 5 foot 8.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 24, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #31

    He’s a left back or you could say a left wing-back!..

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 24, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #32

    Faustino, not in height, in bulk!..

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  • 51times

    Jun 24, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #33

    valle – he’s a wingback, usually wingbacks can play both fullback and winger too.

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  • faustino

    Jun 24, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #34

    Oh sorry…realsitically though if your 5 foot 8 and a professional footballer with pace and dribbling skills a plenty [also needs mentioning that Pedro was one of the best tacklers I’ve ever seen!]there can’t be that much weight difference between you.

    Mute point though, Juninho barely existed size wise and still tore holes out of every Prem defense.

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  • shearer

    Jun 24, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #35

    Too old? pleb! for one thing hes not as old as richard dunne who keegan wanted so you cant say hes not a keegan player on that score and secondly, anyone who spends more time wreaking havoc in the oppositions half than defending in his own is definitely a keegan player haha

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  • Nick Dryden

    Jun 24, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #36

    I’m with you Ed,
    We should be after as many Russuians as possible with the obvious standouts of Arshavin, Pavluychenko and Zhirkov. Being linked with lennon, Dawson and other spurs rejects, Ashley’s pal Paul kemsley has lined up for us, is so depressing.

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  • valle

    Jun 24, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #37

    Im at the point where just about any signing that shows a bit of ambition will do, nothing much just a bit better than what we already got, all this guessing and hoping are killing me.

    Who could be our playmaker btw?… If VDV, Arsharvin and Diego are all out of reach?… Im not sure i agree with Aimar.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 24, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #38

    Pedro was the GREATEST mate, excellent tackler, like you say, remember that tackle/lob goal v brighton?..Arshavin defo has Pedro’s shimmy, but i still reckon he was lighter, therefore a bit quicker from standstill…How we need another Pedro!..

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  • valle

    Jun 24, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #39

    If Michael Dawson signed it would spell disaster, cant see why this would happen, he is nowhere near as good as Taylor or Faye.

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  • Leo

    Jun 24, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #40

    unlikely but would put a big grin on my face 4 sure

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