With recent reports linking Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan with a move to the Premier League, we look at who ‘Heno’ is, and what he would bring to the English game.
The 24-year-old had a fantastic season with Shaktar Donetsk last term, managing 25 league goals, an impressive record for any player, let alone a midfielder. He played a huge part in his team’s success as they were able to capture their eighth league title in 22 years.
A range of top European clubs are all currently looking at adding the Armenian to their squad, with Liverpool being the current favourites to do so.
Brendan Rodgers must surely now have to look at life without the controversial yet brilliant Luis Suarez after the Uruguayan very recently announced his intentions to leave England this year, with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid seeming increasingly likely.
As much as Rodgers will be doing all he can to keep a player who has at times carried his team on his own at Anfield, this may be prove to be an impossible job due to the attraction of playing Champions League football next year.
In a way, Henrikh is a very similar player to Suarez which is why he could be the perfect replacement. Just three years ago, there was a huge amount of talk about a 23-year-old South American with an exceptional goal-scoring record in a European league.
And although Suarez initially struggled to replicate his ability to put the ball in the back of the net, it was only a matter of time until he found the form that made him such a wanted player at his time in Amsterdam.
We saw this for the first time last season with the 26-six-year-old netting 23 times in 33 games, a statistic similar to that held by Mkhitaryan himself. As well as this, both players can quite easily play either as the main point of the attack, or in the ‘number 10’ role.
They possess great pace, the ability to get past a man and the quality to hold the ball up allowing their team-mates to get involved in the play. All are attributes that are essential to be a Premier League success and a suitable replacement for Liverpool’s number 7, and so a £20 million move for the Armenian may prove to be one of great buys of the summer - if he agrees to make the long-distance move to Merseyside before the start of the new season.
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