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Total Football Scout - Jano Ananidze, Spartak Moscow

Jano Ananidze is one bright star emerging from the Russian Premier League. Ananidze has been scouted by Arsenal and Liverpool but his club, Spartak Moscow, are unwilling to let their starlet leave before he is 20 years old. However will the two English giants rekindle their interest? Total Football Scout takes a look at why they could...

NAME: JANO ANANIDZE

POSITION: ATTACKING MIDFIELDER

AGE: 19

CLUB: SPARTAK MOSCOW

SQUAD NUMBER: 12

NATIONALITY: GEORGIA

HEIGHT: 5’ 7”

WEIGHT: 70 KG

MARKET VALUE: £1,800,000

HE’S A BIT LIKE: LUKA MODRIC

Jano Ananidze first appeared in Spartak Moscow colours in 2009, initially linking up with their junior team.  He scored four goals in 12 appearances prompting manager Valery Karpin to promote him to the senior team.

After joining his side on a pre-season training trip to Austria, Ananidze made his debut in the Russian Cup on July 15, 2009 against FC Krasnodar. He made his debut in the Russian Premier League in August of the same year, replacing Alex in the 69th minute.

The Georgian playmaker then went onto become the youngest ever goalscorer in Russian Premier League history in October 2009, netting against Lokomotiv Moscow when he was just 17 years and 8 days old.

Following his breakthrough season at Spartak, the 19-year-old was followed by Arsenal and Liverpool, who were monitoring his progress but Spartak director, Dimitri Popov, insisted the club would not listen to any offers until Jano was at least 20.

Arsenal could now be set to ignite their interest yet again as Liverpool and Chelsea track other targets. The Gunners are known for bringing in young gems from around the world and Ananidze could be the perfect addition.

Signings to replace Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri underperformed last season, bar Mikel Arteta and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Ananidze, though young, could be the creative spark to provide for Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski.

Ananidze is a relatively small player with a diminutive frame but has the ability to hold off players twice his age using his technical dribbling combined with his devastating tricks. Ananidze can pick out a pass and is also a great finisher despite playing in a midfield role.

Staying at Spartak through his tender years could prove to aid Ananidze’s development and his future looks bright regardless of his next move. Doubts remain over whether he is ready to move to a big club yet but his undoubted talent could see him move to pastures new.

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