Maksim Shatskikh.

Discussion in 'West Bromwich Albion' started by Balan Singh, Jul 11, 2005.

  1. Balan Singh

    Balan Singh New Member

    Jul 8, 2005

    Reported in WBAzone today.

    It has been confirmed by a leak from Uzbekistan in the Ukrainian media that West Bromwich Albion have made firm enquiries over the possibility of obtaining a work permit for Dynamo Kiev's star striker Maksim Shatskikh. has received unconfirmed reports out of the Ukraine that Albion Club Secretary John Evans recently approached official sources in the Uzbek Football Federation to enquire over the number of appearances made by the 26 year old forward in the national team, a clear sign the Baggies have been checking the background of the player prior to making any official approach for the forward. understands Maksim Shatskikh is a player Albion have tracked for a long period of time and managed to keep confidential, in an effort to prevent other clubs being alerted to his availability, however, Albion's interest in the player has now leaked out in the Ukraine and is sure to be common knowledge across Europe over the next few days.

    It is believed Shatskikh is seen as a primary summer transfer target and someone to add "the x factor" to the Baggies forward line for the upcoming season.

    The 26 year old forward has been prolific for Dynamo Kiev both domestically and in the Champions League over recent years, indeed Arsenal, Juventus, Newcastle and a range of top European teams have been subject to his abilities, after being on the end of a series of devastating displays.

    Shatskikh, who has an excellent International scoring record for his native Uzbekistan, is a pacey, highly technical forward with a sharp striking instinct and is regarded in the game as the next superstar export out of Asian/Eastern European football, following the likes of Andriy Shevchenko and Andriy Voronin. To place his abilities in some context, Shatskikh has a goalscoring record highly competitive to that of current £60m rated AC Milan forward Shevchenko during his period with Kiev.

    Should Shatskikh be able to adapt his game to the English Premiership, his capture could prove a massive coup for West Bromwich Albion, with the player having the potential to join the Albion great's and become one of the top forwards in the Premiership according to many sources inside the game.

    However, it is unclear if the Tashkent born forward, who speaks no English, would be able to obtain a British work permit, with the issue thought to be more complex than would initially appear. It appears likely the forward does not meet the strict criteria to obtain a work permit to play in England, because his country, despite being ranked 54 in the world in the latest FIFA rankings only has a two year aggregate ranking of 75, 5 places above the home office requirements for obtaining a permit. However, it would be likely Albion would have a strong case at the review stage, with a player of proven European and International pedegree surely being able to meet the criteria as to show "whether the player is of the highest calibre and able to contribute significantly to the development of the game at the top level in UK", as outlined in the permit regulations.

    On a more positive note, understands the player would relish a move to England and is thought to be available in the right deal, a deal which would easily shatter the current transfer record at the Hawthorns. Despite the clear interest from Bryan Robson in the forward, it is thought any imminant movement on signing the player remains unlikely, with Albion enquiring after a host of targets. However, with Albion's options appearing to be more limited by the day, they could be prepared to turn their full atttention towards Shatskikh as club officials step up their attempts to sign a top class forward over the next few weeks.

    More news on this exciting development as we get it.

  2. The Old Lady Hertha

    The Old Lady Hertha New Member

    Dec 15, 2004
    Boston, MA
    Hertha BSC Berlin
    Nat'l Team:
    China PR
    I've seen this guy in Asian games, and he has the ability to be a difference maker. He is arguably the best striker in Asia. But, you have to wonder, what will WBA get out of him if he comes, the Shevchenko side or the Sergiy Rebrov side?
  3. DevilDave

    DevilDave Member

    West Bromwich Albion/RBNY/PSG/Gamba Osaka/Sac Republic
    United States
    Sep 29, 2001
    Sacramento, CA
    West Bromwich Albion FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    IF he can get a work permit sorted out... he sounds very very promising. Because of that added hassle, however, it's not a surprise that other Premiership clubs (or clubs from the other big leagues on the Continent) aren't competing for his signature.

    Then of course is the problem of getting an Uzbek or Russian translator, but I'd much rather have that problem to worry about AFTER he gets a work permit.
  4. I never knew we were interested in him.
    Language wouldn't really be a problem, Gera and Kuszcak went through the same problems.

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