[World Cup] Key Player Review: Russia – Aleksandr Kherzakov

He was widely criticised for his poor finishing at Euro 2012, but Kerzhakov’s movement in that tournament was superb, and his intelligent running is vital for opening up space for others on the counter-attack.

Manager Fabio Capello always likes selfless forwards rather than pure finishers, and that means Kerzhakov seems a better option than Alexander Kokorin, the new great attacking hope for Russia.

Besides, Kokorin might start from the flank, and he could thrive thanks to Kerzhakov’s clever lateral darts, drawing defenders out of position.

Kerzhakov doesn’t always receive individual praise, but Russia are always better with him in the side.



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