Now after player cut offs he is in the Russia squad for the next World Cup Qualifying matches.
Lodygin is getting better and better every game.
Akinfeev is getting worse, how many mistakes can he make in different matches in the just the past month alone? Plezen x2, Luxembourg x1, Israel x1, Bayern Munich x1 - That is 5 mistakes in the past month alone almost a mistake a match which costs a goal.
Time to give the shirt to the man in form and the man not making mistakes. These mistakes are not over the course of a season, these are just in the past month! If Russia conceed a critical goal due to Akinfeev then it could be goodbye World Cup. He can't be trusted anymore in net.
Let's not forget 2 of these mistakes were in his last 2 Internationals, add this into the mix with the mistakes being made at club level and it is clear to see Akinfeev is a man in decline.
Lodygin has come from nowhere, so much so Malafeev who was in possession of the Russian number 1 shirt before retiring from International Football and who was picked ahead of Akinfeev is unlikely to get his Zenit shirt back for the forseable future.
The sums here are pretty easy - Russian national manager picks Malafeev ahead of Akinfeev, Zenit manager picks Lodygin ahead of Malafeev, Russian national manager picks Lodygin ahead of Akinfeev. It is pretty basic maths.
Even me old mucker Kleber who detests Zenit had said on numerous times it is time now to give Lodygin his chance and Akinfeev is now past it.
Last edited by CDG; October 5th, 2013 at 09:04.