Manchester United are continuously linked with a plethora of big name players but in Yevhen Konoplyanka’s case the name is big enough to drive English commentators nuts. He’s one of the lesser known players United are in pursuit of and rightly so, he’s got sheer quality. The name, apart from being big in size is sure to gain stature in prominence as well.
The 24 year old Ukrainian marvel, who currently plays for Dnipro in the Ukrainian League has also been identified as a target for both Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.
Despite his tender age, the young man has succeeded in winning certain laurels for his performances, which includes the Ukrainian Player of the Year accolade in 2010, 2012 and 2012.
Often touted to be the “Next Eden Hazard”, Konoplyanka has got a incredible burst of speed. This is a quality that has guided many players to the pinnacle of the football world and carve out a reputation for themselves. He can break out from deeper positions, especially during swift counter attacks.
More so, unlike some other speedy wingers who lack the final pass quite often, Konoplyanka has got a knack for supplying the final threaded pass to the accompanying forwards. The 24 year old is a deadly force in the final third and can create and score goals from the position he actually tends to occupy.
The Ukrainian also possesses exceptional ball control, allowing him a better opportunity to take on opposition full backs. With the help of this, he can also hold up the play quite well, allowing his team mates to join the attack in crucial positions.
He’s primarily right footed but is often deployed as an inverted winger on the left. From an advanced position on the edge of the box, he’s keen on showing off some trickery and then bomb inside.
Since joining Dnipro in 2007, the 24 year old has made 136 outings and has managed to score 28 times, which includes 13 goals in the 2013-14 season.
Under David Moyes, United lacked the speed and creativity to break down the defences of the opposition and Konoplyanka is someone who can do that almost inch perfectly. An almost exact replica of Arda Turan when it comes to playing style, Konoplyanka has got everything we need as of now. He can be a great addition to a somewhat in-decline United and given his attributes, can help Louis van Gaal resurrect the fallen giants of Manchester.