One to watch at Euro 2012: Yevhen Konoplyanka

Ukraine winger Yevhen Konoplyanka
Yevhen Konoplyanka is a rumoured target for Arsenal this summer. Photo: PA

With a name that directly translates as Eugene Finch, Yevhen Konoplyanka might have a name straight out of a detective novel - but if Ukraine's 22-year-old winger continues on an upward curve his talent won't stay undercover for long.

Amid talk of a forthcoming bid from Arsenal, suddenly all eyes this summer are on Konoplyanka, who has managed to slip under the radar since coming through the academy at Ukrainian side Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.

"€50million or €60million would be a good price if we sell Yevhen," Dnipro coach Juande Ramos stated in the spring. If that sounds like a lot of money, it's only to underline just how highly Konoplyanka is rated, both in his native country and increasingly beyond.

Having debuted for Dnipro a month short of his eighteenth birthday, he has risen quickly to become one of Ukraine's hottest youth prospects. He has been a regular for Ukraine for the last two years, garnering 18 caps and scoring 5 goals in that time.

Predominantly left-sided, at his best he brings to mind the Andrey Arshavin of old, terrorising defences with slalom runs and quick-witted passes. Hence, perhaps, why Arsene Wenger has a keen eye on him.

Unlike Arshavin, however, Konoplyanka has proven adept at linking up with his team-mates. Should Ukraine, as expected, opt for a 4-2-3-1 formation, the Dnipro man will play on the left of a potentially fearsome attacking-midfield trio also containing Andriy Voronin and Andriy Yarmolenko. That combination helped Ukraine to a 4-0 thrashing of Estonia in their penultimate warm-up game before Euro 2012, and their Group D rivals - including England - should beware.

Shy off the field, Konoplyanka admitted recently: "I don't like to talk about myself." A few eye-catching performances on home soil this summer and there'll be plenty of others doing that for him.

For me it's a great honour to wear the colours of the national team, and if my services are called upon I will work as hard as I can.

– Yevhen Konoplyanka