Will Fyodor Smolov Earn a Big Money Move This Summer?

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Fyodor Smolov enjoyed an immense 2015-16 campaign as he finished as the Russian Premier League’s top goal scorer with 20 strikes in just 29 appearances as well as winning the ‘Russian Player of the Year’ award in the RFN Awards. The 26-year-old’s ability to shake off his markers in the penalty area and finishing ability are both unrivalled in Russia and he could earn a move to a bigger club this summer. In fact, he even scored more goals than Zenit St Petersburg star Hulk, who is widely regarded as the best player in Russia’s top flight.

The FC Krasnodar man was simply sublime last season and his club performances have almost certainly earned him an enhanced role and position on the footballing ladder. While the Russian Premier League isn’t renowned for producing top talent, Smolov’s statistics are certainly impressive to say the least and plenty of European clubs will be eyeing up a move this summer. After all, the Russian season is held at different times to the majority of Western Europe and Smolov’s extended break should mean that he is fresh and ready to go.

Despite Russia crashing out of the 2016 European Championship in France, Smolov started all three games on the left wing for Sbornaya, and he did give tastes of his talent. He could however have performed even better, had he been trusted on his favourite position as the main striker up front. Before the tournament Russia were 8/5 to advance from the group, but Leonid Slutsky’s team never fulfilled it’s potential, and Russian football fans hoping to earn some money with football betting at Betway’s website were left disappointed.

Smolov delivered a decent performance in Russia’s 1-1 draw with England in Marseille, and although he didn’t score, he did make it clear that he is a talented lad, who has the level for an even bigger challenge than FC Krasnodar. He has already scored five goals in 17 games, and he is certainly a man to watch, as the Bulls will once again be playing in the Europa League next season.

Fyodor Smolov has been linked with a move to Everton this summer, and with national team captain Vasily Berezutskiy urging Russian players to try their luck abroad, he could become one of the trendsetters before the 2018 World Cup. Whilst the Russian league would be losing one of its top assets, there is little doubt that Smolov deserves the opportunity abroad – if he wants it. While it remains unknown what the future holds for Smolov, one thing is for sure: he’ll be worth watching in the future, and he’ll play a key role in the creation of the Russian national team that aims to impress the world on home soil in two years’ time; whether he’s a Krasnodar man or elsewhere.


By Joe Cross

Author: RussianFootballNews

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