Wolves have joined a host of English clubs for the signing of the ‘Iranian Messi’, Sardar Azmoun in the next summer window. The 23-year-old has been impressing for Rubin Kazan this season, registering 3 goals and 2 assist in the last two league fixtures against Akhmat Grozny and Amkar Perm.
Azmoun is slowly developing into one of the prime centre-forwards of the Russian League and holds an astonishing record for his home country, having also scored against Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last season. The striker has registered a whopping 23 goals in 31 senior caps for Iran and 30 in 29 youth team appearances!
The 2018 World Cup will be targeted by the 23-year-old to place transcend himself to elite status, judging by the performances he has put up in the past. Azmoun is strong on either foot and can play in multiple positions in the final third.
His dribbling abilities are what allows to drop down deep and take on defenders on the run. Azmoun could an ideal fit for the Wolves system especially if the Championship outfits detracts from signing Leo Bonatini permanently after this season.
Azmoun started playing football at 9 and had also pursued volleyball for a short period of time. He later joined Iranian outfit, Sephan when he was 15 and became Iran’s youngest Legionnaire when was traded away to Rubin Kazan at 17.
The Kavus-born attacker made his senior team debut for the Russian outfit on 25 July 2013 in the UEFA Europa League match against Jagodina. During the 2013/14 season, interests from all of Europe’s elite sides started to chime in for the youngster, including sides like Arsenal, Barcelona and Juventus.
Azmoun decided to carry out his development Kazan Arena and finished the previous season as the 7th highest scorer in the league despite registering almost half the playing time as the one ahead of him on the list. He has crossed the 50 game mark for Kazan and is deserved of a call-up to the big times.
The Wanderers have already secured their promotion to the Premier League by winning the second division trophy with 3 games to spare. The club’s heavy investment strategy along with the appointment of Nuno Santo has worked wonders in recent times and the team could wreak havoc in England’s top-flight next season.
They would require a solid number nine to take over the scoring challenges next season. While Azmoun is being touted as a long-term option, Wolves also have their eyes of Benik Afobe, who is already plying for them on loan from Bournemouth, Andre Silva and Anderson Talisca.