Alan Dzagoev of CSKA Moscow was all the rage last summer. Now things are not going so well for the bad boy of Russian football.
If Andrei Arshavin was the breakout star for Russia at the European Championships in 2008 than Alan Dzagoev was certainly that man in 2012.
Russia may have gone out in the Group Stage but the Russian playmakers exceptional performances put his name firmly on the map, especially with his sensational double in the 4-1 mauling of the Czech Republic in the opening game.
His form at the competition saw him linked with several teams including those from the Premier League.
So why, 18 months down the line, have things become so negative for the lad in the Russian capital?
This week for instance has been a very disappointing one for the attacking midfielder. The 23-year-old was playing his first Champions League game of the season - after suffering a thigh injury in September.
But things did not go well for him. With CSKA cruising at 1-0 up and therefore into the Europa League he lashed out at Vaclav Prochazka and got sent off. Plzen went on to win 2-1 and qualify for the Europa League at the Russian sides expense.
His manager Leonid Slutsky was furious with the player and the two reportedly argued after the game:
"The match took on a different character when we went down to 10 men. We didn't have the strength and concentration to overcome the resistance of our opponent. A key factor was the removal of Dzagoev."
Now it is reported in Izvestia that the starlet will be fined a month’s wages for his latest indiscretion.
The fact is this is not the first time this has happened. Last season he was sent off twice, including this outburst against Dinamo Moscow …
And it seems a shame, because at the end of last season it looked as though he was turning things around.
But more injury problems and his inability to keep cool have cost him and his team dearly once again.
One thing is for sure … Chelsea or Spurs would not pay £25 million for him now.
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