Last year, Golovin went through a lot of things at AS Monaco a player of his age doesn’t need and now it is time for him to set the record straight.
After signing for AS Monaco from CSKA Moscow last summer for €30 million, Aleksandr Golovin didn’t really shine for the Ligue 1 giants.
In one year, Golovin has experienced a lot of different emotions.
First he impressed the world during Russia’s successful 2018 World Cup campaign on home soil. Then he sealed a dream move to AS Monaco where he was going to learn a lot from Leonardo Jardim.
The Portuguese tactician left and was replaced by Thierry Henry who was replaced again as Jardim returned. At the age of 22, Golovin needed consistency in every sense of the word and constant managerial changes didn’t help.
Essentially an attacking midfielder, the youngster started well but wasn’t able to sustain the form that made him such a hot prospect at Russia 2018. His form tailed off at the wrong time as AS Monaco struggled to move away from the dreaded relegation zone.
In November 2018 in the game against Caen, Golovin sprained his ankle and that started a downward trend for the talented youngster.
While the team struggled to put together the desired results, Golovin was unable to influence games the way he was expected to. Eventually Thierry Henry was fired after being unable to guide the team away from the relegation dogfight.
Jardim was brought back and hope returned. However, the Portuguese tactician was unable to count on the young Russian who missed the crucial last five games of the season due to an ankle injury. Thankfully though, the team survived the relegation scare.
Now, AS Monaco are hopeful of a better introduction to the new season where they would be hoping to make amends.
And for Golovin, the new campaign in the Championnat presents a shot at redemption. Jardim still trusts the Russian international to come good and will give him enough chances to get into his groove.
It now falls on the player to make sure he makes the most of the opportunities given to him. With a really good support structure, one can expect Golovin to do well.
And the player never considered leaving AS Monaco as well. Unlike many young talents who throw in the towel the moment things go south, Golovin is eager to do well. The player feels that the club should be fighting for top places and doesn’t want to join any other club this summer.
With a contract that runs till June 2023, the creative player says that he doesn’t like changing teams.
“To be honest, even if a club wanted to sign me and called me this summer, I will refuse. I’ve been here for only a year. It doesn’t matter who calls me, Real Madrid or Barcelona. It’s a no from my side. I do not like to change teams every year,” says Golovin according to Foot Mercato.
Clearly eager to do well, Monaco may see Golovin prove his credentials next season.