Sky Sports Scout - Alan Dzagoev

We run the rule over Russian starlet Alan Dzagoev

By Sky Sports Scout   Last updated: 17th December 2008   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Sky Sports Scout - Alan Dzagoev
NAME: Alan Dzagoev
AGE: 18 (17th June 1990)
BORN: Beslan, Russia
POSITION: Midfielder
FACTS: Youngest ever full Russian international

Sky Sports Scout Ratings:
0-10 - No hoper
11-20 - Should look elsewhere
21-30 - Might not make it
31-40 - Has work to do
41-50 - Keep an eye on him
51-60 - Great prospect
61-70 - On his way to the top
71-80 - Already World-class

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Up this week for the scout is CSKA Moscow's Alan Dzagoev who was recommended by Sky Sports reader Kevin Tams - who wins a copy of Football Manager 2009.

The scout reports...

Almost a year to the day since Alan Dzagoev made his CSKA Moscow debut, Spanish newspaper Marca described the 18-year-old midfielder as 'the new Beckham', and the young attacking midfielder is drawing attention from some of Europe's biggest clubs.

Born in Beslan, North Ossetia, Dzagoev's star has rocketed during this year's Russian Premier League season. Since signing for CSKA from second division Krylya Sovetov-SOK at the age of 16 he has gone on to become a regular for the Moscow giants this term and is one of their top-scorers.

As well as an eye for goal, Dzagoev has excellent pace and vision and is a dead- ball specialist. He has a number of assists to his name this season, and has formed a deadly partnership with CSKA's Brazilian forward Vagner Love.

The 18-year-old was recently called up to the Russia squad by Guus Hiddink, and in coming on as a second-half substitute in their autumn World Cup qualifier against Germany became the youngest player ever to play for Russia.

The scout says...

Dzagoev looks to have the world at his feet, although he has recently stated that he would prefer to stay in Russia for the time being to continue his development. Even so, a move to Western Europe surely beckons.

The Scout rating...

Shooting: 8 out of 10

Passing: 9 out of 10

Tackling: 6 out of 10

Heading: 6 out of 10

Pace: 7 out of 10

Vision: 9 out of 10

Current ability: 8 out of 10

Potential ability: 10 out of 10


Current value: 12million

Potential value: 28million

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