By Chris Wright
Welcome to the first in Pies’ new summer series, in which we cast our beady peepers over the names being linked with summer moves to the Premier League in a bit to acquaint you a little better.
First up is a man with a potentially tricky surfeit of vowels in his name…
First and foremost, we have it on good authority that it’s pronounced “Micky-tair-ian”, and if you think that’s tricky then you might not want to concern yourself with how his name is actually spelled in his native Armenian (Հենրիխ Մխիթարյան).
Anyway, 24-year-old Mkhitaryan has risen to prominence this season after scoring 25 league goals (and 31 goals in 49 appearances overall) for Shakhtar from midfield, with Sabre Dance by Aram Khachaturiank being played over the loudspeakers at the Donbass Arena after each and everyone of them in tribute. We can only imagine the Shakhtar fans are bloody sick of it by now!
As for his attributes, Mkhitaryan is quick as a scalded cock with a background in competitive sprinting coming as no surprise. He gravitates toward an advanced central-ish