Euroscout: Andriy Yarmolenko


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Ahead of the Euro 2012 finals, we study a figure who is aiming to follow in the footsteps of Ukraine team-mate and legend Andriy Shevchenko by impressing on the big stage.

Full name: Andriy Yarmolenko

Date of birth: October 23, 1989 (Age 22)

Place of birth: Saint Petersburg

Nationality: Ukrainian

Height: 1.87m (6ft 1 12 in)

Position: Forward

Current club: Dynamo Kiev

Previous club: Desna Chernihiv

There have been strong rumours suggesting Yarmolenko could emulate Sheva by heading to Italy and playing for AC Milan, with Shevchenko himself apparently suggesting Milan should take the chance to sign Yarmolenko. Whether such a prospect becomes a reality could depend upon his performances at the Euro 2012 finals.

Yarmolenko was part of the Kiev youth set-up since the age of 13 before returning to Chernihiv after a year having failed to cope with the physical demands of the club. Now standing over 6ft, it is unlikely he will suffer from such shortcomings at the age of 22.

Yarmolenko scored on his debut for Kiev and has come up with an overall total of 30 goals in 84 appearances for the club, but has built his reputation playing as a winger and support striker playing off the main forward.

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Andriy Yarmolenko celebrates scoring against Uruguay

Arsenal, Shakhtar Donestk and Napoli are other clubs linked with the rangy front man. He has been earmarked as a possible replacement for Andrei Arshavin at Arsenal, a figure who could be deployed to support Lukas Podolski in roaming from wide. He is a provider as much as a finisher.

Shakhtar were apparently keen to sign the player when he was 16, but Dynamo were quick to offer him a five-year contract. Rubin Kazan offered £8 million for him last year, but the Kiev president decided it was not market value.

"Yarmolenko is our greatest hope, and we believe he will help us win the Premier League this season," commented Dynamo president Ihor Surkis.

He scored a fine opening goal against Estonia in a 4-0 friendly win on Monday evening before winning a penalty. He was replaced at half-time by Shevchenko.

Yarmolenko is in the best of company alongside England, France and Sweden at Euro 2012 if he wishes to take the chance to highlight his considerable assets.

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Comparing the Ukraine and Dynamo Kiev forwards

Analysis from Ukraine's 4-0 win over Estonia in a friendly match at the Kufstein Arena in Austria on May 28.

9' - Yarmolenko finishes for Ukraine. The home side have looked the sharper side going forward and they have the lead. Fine rasping shot to finish from the Dynamo Kiev man inside the box.

32' - Yarmolenko taken out of the game late by Klavan. Clear foul by the Estonia skipper.

34' - Yarmolenko has been a real threat in this opening 35 minutes or so. Has really impressed with his movement.

38' - Yarmolenko working well to backheel the ball into the path of Devic. Superb little move there, but his team-mate just failed to pick up the loose ball.

42' - Yarmolenko causing all sorts of problems out wide for the visitors. Estonia don't seem to have a way to nullify his threat.

46' - Shevchenko replaces Yarmolenko at half-time.

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