For his country, he’s their standout player while at club level, in a side packed with talent from Ukraine and South America, he’s shone when he’s needed to. It’s fair to say that Henrikh Mkhitaryan is a star for both Armenia and Shakhtar Donetsk. Primarily an attacking midfielder, he can also play as a second striker, and his record with the reigning Ukrainian champions is impressive.
Since starting for Mircea Lucescu’s side back in 2010 following a £5m move from city rivals Metalurg, he has scored 44 goals in 106 matches. However, most of those came in the season just gone, where in 51 appearances, he bagged 32 goals. This owes largely to his move further forward from central midfield, and his performances have attracted interest from big clubs throughout Western Europe.
From Armenia to Anfield?
For the past few weeks, Mkhitaryan has been linked with a big-money move to Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers is preparing to pay something in the region of £20m to bring him to Anfield, and with the likely departure of Luis Suarez in the offing; his goal threat could fill that void to some degree. Should he arrive, it’s uncertain how he would actually fit in.
The reason for that is the plethora of young attackers and attacking midfielders that Rodgers already has to choose from. Following the recent arrivals of Iago Aspas from Celta Vigo and Luis Alberto from Sevilla, Mkhitaryan would face serious competition up front, especially with the late-season form of Daniel Sturridge catching the eye.
Also, further back, he’s got the impressive Phillipe Coutinho to duel with for a starting spot, but there might be a place for him further back should Aspas et al start regularly. Should he move though, he won’t settle for playing in a central midfield role, as he’s not so effective there.
Would you play this team?
Is the team below too attacking for you (assuming Suarez stays and Mkhitaryan signs of course)? Would you replace Allen for Lucas? Leave a comment below and let us know how you’d change the side?