Henrikh Mkhitaryan has finally arrived at the elite end of the world football scene, scoring his first UEFA Champions League goals, as Shakhtar Donetsk beat FC Nordsjaelland 2-0 at the Donbass Arena.
The 23-year-old Armenia international scored twice to give his side three points in their Group E opener.
Both goals showed good movement, awareness and finishing prowess, a trait which has long been typical of the burgeoning Mkhitaryan.
It was a performance which capped off a perfect start to the season for Mkhitaryan, who’s scored a staggering 12 goals and made five assists in just nine league games, and now he has 14 goals from 10 matches in all competitions.
“Mkhitaryan has long been touted as a future superstar by those who have seen him play, and this term it seems as if he’s about to spectacularly live up to the hype,” bleacherreport.com writes.
“He’s racked up over 200 top-flight appearances, lived with hype for six years and at long last could become the next big, prodigious talent to emerge from the depths of Eastern Europe,” the website writes, advising to remember his name.
“Remember the name—Henrikh Mkhitaryan—you’ll be seeing a lot more of him this season.”