Date of birth: 14/02/1996 (18 years old)
Place of birth: Kherson (Ukraine)
Youth career: Shakhtar Donetsk
Senior career: Shakhtar Donetsk
Squad number: —
Current national team: Ukraine U-19
Position: defensive midfielder, centre midfielder, attacking midfielder
Preferred foot: right
Market value (by transfermarkt.de): —
Tournaments participated in: UEFA Youth League 2013/2014 (7/2), UEFA Youth League 2014/2015 (2/0), 2014 UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite qualification (3/1), 2014 UEFA European Under-19 Championship (3/0)
Contract until: unknown
Player’s agent: unknown
Similar type of player: combined playing styles of Alberto Aquilani & Jens Toornstra
– through balls
Style of play:
– box-to-box midfielder/modern attacking midfielder/playmaker
– likes to shoot from distance
– likes to play through balls
– dead-ball specialist
– often creates shooting opportunities
– exceptional precision when passing and shooting
He is best suited to playing as:
Attacking midfielder in 4-2-3-1.
No senior team appearances yet.
Viktor Kovalenko is a product of Shakhtar Donetsk – the club that brings players for a lot of money, but also doesn’t forget about its academy, which is among the best in Eastern Europe. Viktor came into spotlight in the UEFA Youth League 2013/2014, where he was one of the leaders of young “The Miners”, who have come out of a competitive group, leaving Manchester United and Bayer Leverkusen behind, and in the last 16, after a tough fight, had to acknowledge the supremacy of Arsenal. He’s been one of the central figures of the Ukrainian national team in the recently finished 2014 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, despite the fact that he was a year younger than most of his teammates.
Football Talent Scout potential rating:
Country-scale star with top European club ambition.