Russian attacking midfielder Aleksandr Golovin has received praise from all quarters for his impressive performances with the national team.
This World Cup, Russia have already posted commanding wins over Saudi Arabia and Egypt. The scorelines have stood at 5-0 and 3-1 respectively against the aforementioned opponents.
The 22-year-old has had a large role to play in both victories. Russia were affected by an injury to Alan Dzagoev in their first game. But Golovin’s move to a central role spurred their increased attacking venom in the first game.
He continued in the same vein in their second group game against Egypt, following which Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho had his say on the player.
“I think Alan Dzagoev was playing quite well but when he came out, the fact that Golovin could go to a more central position, I think it helped the team,” said the Portuguese tactician. “The team became better. Golovin is a playmaker, he’s a player that gives the dynamic of the team.”
Every edition of this quadrennial tournament has acted as a scouting destination for big clubs. Should the playmaker continue to play at the same level, he shall undoubtedly be subjected to some impressive offers, with Arsenal and Manchester United already believed to be interested. (via Mirror)
Russia have virtually confirmed their progress to the Round of 16, with a goal difference of +7 in their 2 games thus far. They will face a tough challenge at that stage, however – most likely from either Portugal or Spain.
While Golovin’s side has been successful in defeating the Mohamed Salah-infused Egypt, Portugal would be a whole other proposition. Meanwhile, former World champions Spain are among the 4-5 teams fancied to go all the way themselves.
The CSKA player’s biggest auditions are yet to come. But by large, he looks up and ready for these upcoming challenges, judging from his form.