Dmitri Poloz has been one of the big breakthroughs in Russian football over the past two seasons. After coming through the youth ranks at Lokomotiv Moscow, the technically gifted forward became one of the leading stars at FC Rostov, as the unassuming Russian club ripped up the form book, first domestically by finishing in second place and then in Europe the following season.
In 2016/17, Poloz managed to score against Anderlecht, Ajax, PSV Eindhoven, Bayern Munich and Sparta Prague. But his game goes further than just scoring goals: he has a great relationship with Iranian striker Sardar Azmoun and Russia team-mate Aleksandr Bukharov, often laying on assists for his strike partners.
Unsurprisingly, the Poloz-Bukharov connection has drawn the attention of Russia head coach Stanislav Cherchesov. Poloz made his debut for the national team back in 2014 but has now broken into the squad properly with Cherchesov in charge. Nevertheless, he still faces a fight for one of the starting jerseys.