Here’s our thoughts on the move of the window for Ukrainian football:
It’s a good move all round for the different parties involved.
Schalke get rid of an unfavoured player
Shakhtar get a proven international winger, who has pace, goals and assists and has history in the UPL
He adds to their quota of homegrown players and as means they have less means for naturalising more Brazilians for the same purpose
Yevhen gets to play regular football, something he has lacked for a number of years
He’s also going to get regular European football in UCL/UEL
He’ll also be on the inevitable end of silverware as Shakhtar already look to have wrapped up the league with Dynamo in crisis!
Whether Taison leaves tonight or not he is likely off in a future window.
Hence getting an ample replacement was sensible
Konoplyanka’s fee would have been relatively low as he went into the last year of his Schalke contract
Besiktas have missed out, but ultimately for the player it probably is better for him to return to Ukraine
He had some memorable games in Sevilla & Germany but ultimately wasn’t favoured by the manager’s for one reason or another
A negative for the league though looks like Shakhtar are moving even further away with such a calibre or signing once more…
Meanwhile Dynamo stagnate!