Thursday, 6 June 2013

Henrikh Mkhitaryan - Scout Report

After lengthy speculation over a move to Liverpool, Mkhitaryan has decided to join Champions League and Bundesliga runners-up, Borussia Dortmund, so here's a quick scout report on their newest signing.

At 24, Mkhitaryan is currently contracted to Shakhtar Donetsk but he began at Armenian side, Pyunik FC, making his debut there at the age of just 17. In his last season at the club he notched 11 goals in 10 games. This record caught the eye of Ukranian side Metalurh Donetsk at the end of the 2009 season. It was quite a successful move for him as he scored 14 goals in his first season and this tally included a debut strike. His next club would be Ukranian giants Shakhtar Donestk who he joined in 2010 for around 5.7m euros. This season he managed the top scorers award in the league and has attracted interest from a number of clubs around Europe.

So onto his style of play. He likes to be played as a central player and prefers to be just behind the striker, or in an attacking midfield position. His movement is extremely impressive as he times his runs perfectly and creates space for his team mates. Pat Nevin has been quoted as saying he has a similar ability to Frank Lampard in that he arrives at the right place at the right time frequently and this is definitely one of his main assets, indicating he is a very intelligent player. Mkhitaryan also possesses an excellent long range shot and strikes the ball with incredible power. At the same time he is also a clinical finisher and his deft touches in front of goal are good too. He is a very composed finisher and even in tight situations finds the corners and calmly sticks the ball in there. At times he does like to drop deep, however this is an excellent quality of his as he holds onto the ball brilliantly before releasing to a team mate. 

To round off, Mkhitaryan looks a great signing for Dortmund. At 24 he still has time to improve and is already showing mental maturity indicating he could go even further. In my opinion, I think he'll be a big hit at Dortmund and could possibly remind fans of Shinji Kagawa as his goals from midfield are in abundance. 

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