Manuel Veth –
After a half season of disappointment that saw Spartak Moscow fire much-loved head coach Massimo Carrera and replace him with Oleg Kononov the Myaso have started their winter rebuild. On Monday the club announced the signing of the 21-year-old Brazilian wing-back Ayrton Lucas from the Rio de Janeiro based club Fluminense for €7 million.
A left-back Ayrton Lucas is supposed to fill a void that neither Dmitri Kombarov or Paraguayan forward Lorenzo Melgarejo could fill to complete satisfaction. The 31-year-old Kombarov played 11 games out wide for Spartak and had a satisfactory turnout by completing on average 68% of his overall 82.32 actions per game. In fact, with his 80.1% pass completion and ability to complete 72.9% of his on average 2.73 dribbles Kombarov is a reliable option on the left.
The problem has been his backup. Here Lorenzo Melgarejo has highlighted that he was converted from a forward to a wing-back. The Paraguayan managed to complete just 57.3% of his on average 69.29 actions per game and although he is more attacking minded and manages to complete more dribbles overall then Kombarov (65.2% of his on average 5.28 dribbles per game) Melgarejo tends to be pushed up too far up the field and also drifts into the centre where he feels more comfortable as a natural striker.
It explains why Kononov has recently stated that he would like to see Melgarejo further pushed up the field. It makes sense as well as a winger the Paraguayan can be one solution in replacing forward Quincy Promes, the Dutch winger left the club on the final day of the summer transfer window. Furthermore, it would also take off the pressure of the Brazilian winger Pedro Rocha, who despite his talent has found it difficult to adapt to the Russian Premier Liga.
What can Ayrton Lucas bring to Spartak?
But is Ayrton Lucas the right man for the task? “Ayrton Lucas is a very talented and young left-back. A typical Brazilian very good at offense, not so good at defense,” Gustavo Hoffman from ESPN Brazil explained to the Futbolgrad Network following the transfer.
“Ayrton Lucas began his career at Fluminense youth level had some loan spells and this year played very well,” Hoffman added. “He plays mainly as a winger, he has decent to good technique, and a lot of speed is fairly consistent too,” Brazil expert Paulo Freitas added. Furthermore, he attacks well but defends all right too, has other attributes expected from a Brazilian fullback, like speed, dribbling, etc.,” Freitas added.