Ismaily has won five Ukrainian League titles with Shakhtar but could he inspire Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur to Premier League glory?
Tottenham Hotspur are eyeing a shock deal for Shakhtar Donetsk full-back Ismaily, according to Calciomercato, with the Brazilian potentially lined up as a replacement for the long-serving Danny Rose.
Spurs dropped a bombshell this week when they announced that England international Rose had been omitted from their pre-season tour of Asia in order to seal a move away from North London.
After 12 years and almost 200 appearances, the former Leeds United youngster will be missed. And finding a replacement for such an influential player, albeit one who has struggled with injuries at times, won’t be easy.
But in Ismaily, Tottenham appear to have turned their attention to one of the most underrated full-backs anywhere in European football.
Why the Brazilian has stayed in Ukraine for six years without even the softest whisper of speculation remains a mystery to anyone who has watched the 29-year-old fly down the wing and show off his considerable attacking talents in the Champions League.
Ismaily has also claimed a remarkable 14 trophies with Shakhtar, including five league titles, since arriving from Braga in 2013. He deserves his chance to follow Fernandinho, Fred and co to the Premier League.
He was at his very best when Shakhtar beat Manchester City 2-1 in the Champions League group stages in 2017, creating the gap for Bernard’s wonderous chip while embarrassing Ederson Moraes to finish off a typically lung-busting run down the left-hand side.