Why signing Aleksandr Golovin would be a brilliant move by Barcelona
Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona ran away with the La Liga title this time around. The Catalans finished 14 points above second placed Athletico Madrid and 17 points above rivals Real Madrid. Though Madrid successfully claimed the Champions League throne for a third straight year, Barcelona were just mercilessly dominant in the league.
The Spanish Champions were knocked out of the Champions League in the quarterfinals after Italian outfit Roma made a stunning come back at the Stadio Olimpico.
Despite their dominance in the league, Barcelona were made to pay for their complacency in Europe. Valverde should be aiming to take this team further in the Champions League next season.
Barcelona have already lost talisman Iniesta to Japanese giants Vissel Kobe. The club are on the lookout for a new attacking midielder. The Catalans are reportedly interested in signing €25m-rated Golovin after news broke out that Barcelona scouts would be paying close attention to the player when Russia take on Spain.
Golovin has represented Russian club CSKA Moscow throughout his senior career but the midfielder rose to prominence over the last year. He has made a total of 81 appearances for the club, scoring 9 goals in the process.
Golovin generally operates as an attacking midfielder. The 22-year-old belongs to a new era of footballers in the Russian team. He’s got flair, pace, ability and vision on the ball.
The Moscow midfielder made a total of 26 appearances in the Russian Premier League, scoring 5 goals and providing 3 assists. Golovin is a technical master on the ball, raiding down the centre of the field, playing pin point passes to the attackers.
The Russian is a brilliant passer of the ball, with impressive distribution in the middle of the park. He is also excellent at holding the ball under pressure, before playing quick short passes to release the attackers on their runs. He also scored 2 goals in 5 Europa League appearances.
The midfielder possesses all the qualities Barcelona look for in their playmakers. The Catalans were linked with Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen but there hasn’t been much talk of late.
Golovin has easily been Russia’s best player in the World Cup so far. The midfielder scored 1 goal and provided 2 assists in as many games for his country. He is the main man pulling the strings in the middle of the park.
His absence was clearly felt in the 3-0 loss against Uruguay last week but all eyes will be on him as the Russians take on the mighty Spain.
He’d surely be a great addition to the Barcelona squad, who are in dire need of a player like him. He may not have the class and respect that Christian Eriksen does but in a few years, he could be even better. The Dane would certainly cost a lot more than the Russian and hence it would be a lot more smarter for Barcelona to sign Golovin over Eriksen.