Aleksandr Golovin appears to be a man in demand, following his superb display in Russia’s 5-0 win against Saudi Arabia in the World Cup’s opening game last week.
Golovin, 22, was touted as a potential star at the World Cup long before the start of the tournament, and the midfielder certainly did not disappoint in the opening game, where he provided two assists and scored from a sumptuous free-kick.
A host of Premier League clubs including Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing the Russian star in the summer. Should Everton also enter the race for the £10m-rated Golovin’s signature?
New Everton boss Marco Silva has a lot of work to do this summer if he would want his side to challenge for a top-six finish next season. One particular area the Portuguese should strengthen this summer is the central midfield.
Morgan Schneiderlin and Idrissa Gueye had an inconsistent 2017/18 campaign as Everton were often overrun in midfield, while Wayne Rooney also underwhelmed in a deeper role. Also, former manager Sam Allardyce’s decision to play Tom Davies in central midfield royally failed as Everton finished eighth this past season.
Keeping everything in mind, Silva should consider a move for Golovin, who currently plays for CSKA Moscow. Golovin made his senior debut for the Russian outfit in 2014, aged just 18. He has since gone on to establish himself as a key player for the club. On the international front, he made his senior debut for Russia as a 19-year-old in 2015; he has 21 caps and three goals for Russia to his name.
Golovin is one of the brightest young prospects in Russia, and he enjoyed a wonderful campaign with CSKA last season, scoring 7 goals and providing 6 assists in 42 appearances in all competitions. Predominantly he is an attacking midfielder but he is also comfortable playing on either wing or in a deeper, central midfield position.
The Russian is a highly technical player, who boasts an excellent passing range and ability. Blessed with a good burst of pace and quick feet, Golovin glides past his opponents with ease. He is never afraid to take on opposition defenders.
The 22-year-old is also a set-piece specialist and he is capable of creating something out of nothing; the manner in which he provided the assists for Yury Gazinsky and Artem Dzyuba’s goals against Saudi Arabia are a testament to his skills.
The Russia international is an exciting prospect and his wonderful vision, combined with his quality when in possession would surely help Everton improve their play in the final third next season.
Golovin, who is a sublime talent, will be central to Russia’s hopes at the World Cup; the host nation won their second game in the tournament after beating Egypt 3-1 on Tuesday.
Everton have been quiet in the transfer window so far but Silva must act quickly to sign Golovin, who is also on the radar of Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.