10 Russian Summer Signings to Watch in 2017/18

Leandro Paredes – AS Roma to Zenit St. Petersburg, Fee – €23 million One area where Zenit struggled last season was the centre of midfield, as the departure of playmaking midfielder Axel Witsel before the second half of the season left a hole which Brazilian winter transfer window signing Hernani and fellow Brazilian Mauricio failed to fill. This is the whole 23-year-old Leandro Paredes is expected to fill. After breaking into Roma’s first team in the last season, Paredes played 27 Serie A … [Read more...]

CSKA’s Scorecard – The Attacking Line

Losing Seydou Doumbia to AS Roma in January last year proved to be a hard blow for the Army Men. During the second half of the 2014/2015 season, the strikers of the club only scored six of the 30 goals scored in both the league and the cup, with Ahmed Musa and Carlos Strandberg scoring three each. In fact, it was in midfield where the most dangerous players were found as Roman Eremenko and Bibras Natcho scored a total of 27 goals. Learning from that experience, it was no surprise that the … [Read more...]

The Curious Case of CSKA’s Crash

Sitting clear at the top of the table with a transfer window ahead should give CSKA a comfortable winter break to look forward to, but a dreadful run of form has seen Leonid Slutskiy's men start to look nervously over their shoulders. The start of the season saw them race clear with seven consecutive wins, with giant fan favourite Seydou Doumbia returning on loan after a underwhelming start to his Serie A career at AS Roma, and with a dramatic qualification process for the Champions League … [Read more...]