The transition of Dynamo Kyiv defender Ilya Zabarny to Tottenham Hotspur Grand Premier League would be too early for Dynamo Kyiv defender Ilya Zabarny, experienced Ukrainian coach Myron Markevich told Sport UA.
Reports emerged from Eastern Europe over the weekend that the 19-year-old central midfielder had received a belated offer from an as-yet-unnamed London club before Thursday’s transfer deadline.
Were Spurs the club in question? Well they are the only English team to be linked to the teen sensation this summer.
Zabarny, who already has 22 caps for Ukraine, is bipedal, highly intelligent and versatile enough to play right or left.
You can understand why Fabio Paratici, a Spurs director looking for good deals, considered bringing Zabarny to the capital. But according to Markevych, one of Ukraine’s brightest talents should be wary of the giant leap to the Premier League and instead opt for a safer route with far fewer potholes.
Is Ilya Zabarny ready to leave Dynamo Kyiv for Tottenham Hotspur?
“Who is Zabarny? What are the English clubs? They won’t even notice him there,” says Markevich, who led Dnipro to the UEFA Europa League final in 2015.
“Dynamo currently does not have a single player (who could go) to a serious league. Maybe the Belgian league.”
Asked about Zabarny’s future after a 3-0 home defeat to Dnipro on Sunday, coach Mircea Lucescu insisted the teenager would still be a Dynamo player during next weekend’s trip to Zorya Luhansk on September 3 .rd.
“Maybe it was my last game, but not Zabarny,” he said.
On Tuesday, Tottenham Hotspur turned Christian Romero’s loan deal into a permanent transfer. Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dyer and Ben Davis have had great success under Antonio Conte. And that’s without mentioning Clement Lenglet.
Thus, Zabarny will have many big names ahead of him in the pecking order if he catches Lucescu by surprise and does be at Tottenham before the window closes.
“I think he won’t play for Dynamo for more than a year. It will be bought by a European giant,” predicts Ukrainian tactician Vyacheslav Grozny.
“This defender is fast, well balanced, technical and plays well. He doesn’t break the rules much. If I were Pep Guardiola, I would take him to Manchester City.
“Why? Because they only have Ruben Diaz, a high-level centre-back.”
In other news, Fabrizio Romano claims Arsenal are considering a late move to a 30m winger with ‘crazy potential’.