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
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 Moscowâ€™s and Russiaâ€™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.