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Aleksandr Prudnikov


Aleksandr Prudnikov


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The Premiership awaits for Aleksandr Prudnikov, a young Russian international who has a sparkling future that awaits him. So much is the interest that Roman Abramovich and Chelsea are monitoring him closely, sending scouts to watch the Russian. Inter Milan and AC Milan are also tracking the Spartak Moscow striker.

Aged 18, the Spartak striker has impressed in the Russian league and several big clubs have already enquired in his services. Chelsea were among his potential suitors, and Chelsea technical director Frank Arnesen has also been seen watching Aleksandr Prudnikov in action.

On 8 April 2007 he made his debut for Spartak first team, scoring a winning goal in the game against Luch Vladivostok. He has since gone from strength to strength.

Prudnikov was also an important part of the Russia under 17 team which won the 2006 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship. Aleksandr Prudnikov was Russia's leading scorer in qualification for the UEFA European Under-17 Championship, and despite not impressing as much in the tournament, he scored the goals that helped in the semi finals and final of the tournament.

On the ball, Prudnikov is comfortable with a tenacious strike, and is not afraid to have a pop from distance. Even more impressive is the physical presence of the Russian; in fact almost Rooney-esque. Prudnikov is an intelligent footballer, and is difficult to handle around the penalty area.

It will not be deemed unfair if Spartak Moscow value this prodigious talent in excess of £6 million as the young striker has already displayed talent reminiscent of fellow countryman Dimitry Sychev.

EYEFOOTBALL RATING:

Potential: 44/50

Current Ability: 37/50