'The future of Russian football' turns 24 later this month. I'm going to look at what Alexandr Kokorin can offer clubs that may be in the market for a new, exciting forward.
Kokorin, currently at Dinamo Moscow, is out of contract in the summer of 2016, and the Russian side may look to cash in on their star player if the right offer comes in.
Some people will know him as a creative, talented young forward, others, just know him as 'that guy who missed a sitter against Belgium'. Although the latter may be a tad harsh on Kokorin, football fans outside of Russia don't know what the 23 year old has to offer.
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Who is he?
Kokorin can play as the main striker or as a false 9, and despite his awful miss in the World Cup, he did make up for it with a World Class header against Algeria in Brazil.
The worrying side of things from Russia's point of view, will be that in 3 games, Kokorin only managed 4 shots on goal. Now you can take that two ways, either 'How can he only have 4 shots in 3 games?' or that 'He's got a 25% conversion rate'.
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Kokorin is a technically sound player, he is good on the ball and can certainly pick a pass. Despite his far from impressive goal scoring record, he is a very accomplished finisher. Kokorin seems to, similar to Papiss Cisse, be much better when he has less time to think about the situation.
Where would he go?
Kokorin currently has seven goals in 14 games in the Russian League. It's that one in two record that may tempt clubs to move for him when the transfer window opens.
Although I can't see a Manchester United or Chelsea move in for an unproven striker, his style of play certainly could be a match for either North London or Merseyside clubs.
The two clubs I could see Kokorin at are in particular Arsenal and Everton. The Gunners because of their style of play.
Kokorin would flourish in the quick, technical football that Arsenal play. I also think he'd be suited to Everton because I expect there to be a few offers on the table for Belgium youngster Romelu Lukaku, and if an offer of £25 million comes in, that could be an offer too good to refuse.
Kokorin could be an ideal replacement for the former Chelsea striker also. Kokorin has European and International experience, and would be an ideal forward for any Roberto Martinez side.
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