Liverpool should be keeping a close eye on Ukraine star Viktor Tsygankov in today’s Euro 2020 game against the Netherlands.
Andriy Shevchenko’s side are one of the tournaments dark horses. They topped their qualification group ahead of Portugal in what was a surprise to many.
Today, they play a Dutch side that is missing their best player and captain. Liverpool fans may or may not be familiar with Virgil van Dijk.
Recent Anfield departure Gini Wijnaldum will captain Holland in his absence, but many are worried about Oranje’s prospects this summer.
A Ukraine win would not be a big surprise.
If he manages to shake off an ankle injury, Tsygankov should play on the right flank.
With the Reds on the lookout for attackers this summer, the Dynamo Kyiv star is worth watching.
Liverpool should get Tsygankov before he joins a stepping-stone outfit
Tsygankov is one of the best young players outside of Europe’s top leagues.
He scored 12 goals and assisted four more in 20 Ukrainian Premier League games in 2020/21. This had him at 1.03 goals and assists per 90.
His goal contributions would have been a lot higher had he not missed quite a few games with injury and Covid-19.
Last season was the fourth season in which the 23-year-old has put up excellent numbers.
In 2017/18 he scored 13 and assisted nine as a 19-year-old. The following season it was a hugely impressive 18 goals and 10 assists, while 2019/20 brought 14 goals and five assists.
Tsygankov is a left-footed right-winger, which would make him the perfect deputy for Mo Salah.
Apart from Shakhtar Donetsk players, departures from the Ukrainian League are rarely that expensive.
All the factors point towards Tsygankov being a good signing for the Reds, as he can be an understudy for now before potentially succeeding Salah down the line.
If he has a good tournament, Michael Edwards and co. may decide to make their move for him.