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5 Top Russian Players in Premier League 2022

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Russian Players in Premier League

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 1. Yuri Zhirkov –  (Chelsea, 2009-2011)

When Yuri Zhirkov signed for Chelsea for £18 million in July 2009, he became the most expensive Russian footballer of all time. The left-back scored in his debut against AC Milan in a pre-season friendly. He then suffered a knee injury and didn’t make his league debut until late December.

Zhirkov was mostly a back-up for Ashley Cole, but he stepped in when the Englishman suffered an injury that sidelined him for three months. A heroic performance against Inter Milan in the Champions League was followed by numerous league matches. His only goal in European competition came on a volley against Spartak Moscow. He contributed to the club’s greatest successful season, which included a Premier League title and an FA Cup double.

Zhirkov started as number two again the next season and played a little role. Zhirkov returned to Russia in August 2011 and signed with Anzhi Makhachkala.

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2. Roman Pavlyuchenko (Tottenham Hotspur, 2008-2012)

Roman Pavlyuchenko’s time at Tottenham was fraught with turmoil and untapped promise. In September 2008, the forward joined the north London club from Lokomotiv Moscow for a fee of £13.7 million. Pavlyuchenko scored his first goal for Spurs in their 2-1 League Cup victory over Newcastle. He drew criticism at the end of the season when he stormed off the field after being replaced against Manchester City. Harry Redknapp was enraged “That bothers me. […] I believe he is being disrespectful to his teammates.” Pavlyuchenko afterwards expressed regret.

Except for the 2009 Football League Cup Final, Pavlyuchenko scored in every English domestic cup competition game he played in.

Pavlyuchenko was Tottenham’s fourth-choice striker a year after signing. That was the conclusion of the story for the forward. Despite scoring the game-winning goal that advanced Tottenham to the UEFA Champions League Group Stage, he was forgotten.

Pavlyuchenko’s stint at Tottenham was cut short two years later, and he later confessed that he was astonished the club did not sell him sooner. A tragic end for a player with so much promise in the Premier League.

2. Alexei Smertin (Portsmouth, Chelsea, Charlton & Fulham, 2003-08)

Alexei Smertin spent five years playing for four different English teams. He was recognized for his versatility, as he could play both defense and midfield. Chelsea signed Smertin from Bordeaux in 2003 for £3.45 million. He was loaned to Portsmouth and put in some good performances.

Chelsea’s management had changed by the time he returned. Smertin’s playing time fell significantly after Jose Mourinho took over as manager. He did get a Premier League title medal in 2005, despite only appearing in 16 games. That season, he scored his only goal in a Champions League match against Porto.

Smertin left Stamford Bridge in the summer to join Charlton Athletic. He moved to Russia before rejoining Roy Hodgson’s Fulham. Despite a promising start, Smertin’s playing time was restricted, and he ended his career at Craven Cottage.

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2. Arshavin, Andrey (Arsenal, 2008-13)

Andrey Arshavin was a player who had an eye for the big event among all the Russian players that played in the Premier League. Arshavin joined Arsenal in 2008 and was well-liked by his manager, Arsene Wenger, who described him as an important player for the Gunners.

Arshavin’s Premier League debut came in 2009, during his half-decade stay in north London. It was a high-octane campaign. In Arsenal’s four-all draw with Liverpool, he became the first Russian to score four goals. He was also the first away player to do so since World War II. Despite only playing in the second half of the season, Arshavin finished second in the club’s Player of the Season voting.

Arshavin scored a wonder goal against Manchester United in 2009, but after Robin Van Persie left, the attacking midfielder was forced to play as a forward for the first time.

Despite not winning a trophy with Arsenal, Arshavin’s first love was Zenit Saint-Petersburg, his boyhood club.

In 2012, he famously signed a loan deal with the club just 40 seconds before the end of the Russian transfer window.

He did, however, briefly return to Arsenal before returning to Zenit the following year. He expressed his desire to “wear the shirt again.” Arshavin ended up scoring 31 goals in 143 appearances.

1) Kanchelskis, Andrei (Man Utd, Everton, Man City & Southampton, 1992-97)

Andrei Kanchelskis is arguably the most well-known Russian Premier League player. He was the first, and he was a complete unknown when he signed for Manchester United for £650,000 in 1991. He was primarily responsible for United’s first league title in 26 years.

The 1991 European Super Cup was the winger’s first trophy, and he was a regular for the United team that season. Kanchelskis won the FA Cup despite finishing second to Leeds United.

Kanchelskis was a member of the team that won the first Premier League title the following season. Kanchelskis made history despite losing his starting spot to Lee Sharpe, who replaced Ryan Giggs on the left. The following season, they successfully defended their league title.

Kancheslis won seven trophies during his time at Manchester United. Kanchelskis scored 48 goals in 145 appearances during his four years at Old Trafford.

Kanchelskis left Old Trafford after a squabble with his manager, Alex Ferguson. David Beckham would eventually take his place on the right side.

Kanchelskis moved to Everton and quickly became a cult hero at Goodison Park. In his first season, he scored 16 goals. He then transferred to Fiorentina in the middle of the following season.

He later joined Rangers in Scotland and is the only player in history to have scored in each of the Glasgow, Merseyside, and Manchester derbies.

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