11 U23 Russian Premier League Players To Watch Out For

(FROM MY TWITTER @PROCTER__)

With the Russian Premier League now being streamed free on youtube, Many new fans will get to see some good football in a great league. They will also get to see a lot of young talent. With that in mind here are 11 U23 players you need to look out for in the RPL this season.

GK- Aleksandr Maksimenko

Age- 20

Team- Spartak Moscow 

Nation- Russia

Info- One of the best GKs in the RPL, Maksimenko has been a revelation this season. The Russian has 6 clean sheets in 14 games and has made 39 saves, 2.61 per 90. He will be Russia’s no.1 for many years to come.

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RCB- Ionuț Nedelcearu

Age- 22

Team- FC UFA 

Nation- Romania

Info- The ball playing defender is enjoying his second season with the club who enjoyed a great 2017/18, finishing 6th in the RPL. Ionuț leads the U23 charts in long passes (102) and is 2nd in progressive passes (155).

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CB- Rodrigo Becão

Age- 23

Team- CSKA Moscow

Nation- Brazil

Info- There are so many talented defenders in Russia so it was hard to choose just 3, but Rodrigo Becão was one that needed to be in the team. Rodrigo has made the most passes of any U23 player in the league (864).

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LCB- Egor Sorokin

Age- 23

Team- Rubin Kazan

Nation- Russia

Info- What a season it has been for Sorokin! The defender has been in the form of his life, becoming a rock at the back and even scoring 4 goals. His great form was rewarded with his first senior cap way in back September.

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RWB- Nikolai Rasskazov 

Age- 21

Team- Spartak Moscow

Nation- Russia

Info- In his first season with the Spartak first team, Nikolai Rasskazov has not looked out of place. The youngster has averaged 3.61 interceptions and 7.53 recoveries in Russia’s top flight. Keep an eye on him.

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RCM- Ilzat Akhmetov

Age- 21

Team- CSKA Moscow

Nation- Russia

Info- Russia’s young player of the year, Ilzat Akhmetov is a superb talent. Akhmetov has made 745 passes (3rd) 146 progressive (3rd), 30 through (1st), 22 smart (3rd), 101 to final third (2nd), 22 deep (4th). Top talent.

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LCM- Mohammed Kadiri

Age- 23

Team- Arsenal Tula

Nation- Ghana

Info- On loan from Austria Wien, the Ghanaian has done more than enough to impress his parent club with his performances this season. Kadiri has 5 G+A, which is a good return for a DM, whilst making 75 interceptions.

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LWB- Dmitri Skopintsev

Age- 22

Team- Krasnodar 

Nation- Russia

Info- A recent signing at Krasnodar, the youngster throughly impressed the southern club so much that they spent €4.5m on him, for very good reason. Dmitri has 4 assists and 1 goal this season. Soon to be capped.

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RW- Magomed Suleymanov

Age- 19

Team- Krasnodar

Nation- Russia

Info- One of Russia’s biggest talents, Shapi Suleymanov has been a lethal scorer this season. For the first team, Shapi has scored 7 goals in just 1 start, Averaging a goal every 44 minutes! He has huge potential.

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CF- Fedor Chalov

Age- 20

Team- CSKA Moscow

Nation- Russia

Info- When you are the best striker in the league, you need to be on the list. Fedor Chalov is the leagues top scorer (10) and leads the xG charts (8.66) Chalov really is the complete striker and will only get better.

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LW- Nikola Vlašić

Age- 21

Team- CSKA Moscow

Nation- Croatia

Info- The on loan Everton man has shown his parent club that he is more than ready to play for them, as he has been a star this season. He has 7 goals and 4 assists and leads the RPL in key passes and deep completions.

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