Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is ranked 85th in The Guardian’s top 100 footballers for 2014. Mkhitaryan is placed between Isco of Real Madrid (84th) and José Callejón from Napoli (86th). Led by Hernán Crespo, Gilberto Silva, Slaven Bilic and Dietmar Hamann, the panel of 73 experts from 28 nations compiled a countdown of the greatest players on the planet this year.
“An underwhelming year for Dortmund means Mkhitaryan hasn’t enjoyed a particularly sparkling year, but when on form the Armenian number ten remains extremely exciting. He specializes in finding space between the lines and arriving late in the box, and he has a very precise, deliberate style with his passes and shots. However, it was Mkhitarayan’s goalscoring ability from midfield which made him so valuable, and his efficiency in the final third has completely dried up. Jurgen Klopp has often deployed him in a deeper position than usual, but no goals or assists in his last 17 Dortmund matches summarizes Mkhitarayan’s struggles,” The Guardian writes.