Lokomotiv Moscow have signed under-21 Russian International Aleksandr Marenich on a two-year-and-a half contract. Marenich, who left Alania Vladikavkaz shortly after they were relegated, joined on a free transfer; good move! As the other newcomers, the former Alania and FC Moscow striker will be given his playing number later.
When interviewed by fclm.ru, Marenich stated that he is very looking forward to work with Yury Krasnozhan. He added that although at Vladikavkaz he often played behind the strikers, he will be more than happy to lead the line as that is his natural position.
Aleksandr Marenich, who is 21 years old, started his career with Rostov. After making a single appearance for the Rostov-on-don outfit, in 2007, the Zernograd-born moved on to FC Moscow. In his first two years at the Citizens, Aleksandr failed chances difficult to come by and thus he had to settle for a place in the youth squads of the same of FC Moscow. His official debut for FC Moscow in the Premier League finally came in May 2009, ironically against Lokomotiv. Nevertheless prior to the 2010 season and after making in total 9 appearances and scoring 1 goal in the process, Marenich left FC Moscow for Alania Vladikavkaz. There he managed to cement a place in the first team and coming the end of the season he made in total 26 appearances and scored 4 goals in quite a disappointing season for Alania where at the last day they had to suffer the agony of relegation. Nevertheless, the agony was shortlived for Aleksandr as soon he triggered the contract clause to leave the club and eventually he was snapped up by Lokomotiv.
Considering the lack of options upfront coupled with the departure of Traore and the zero cost of the transfer, I must say that the signing of Marenich was a good move. Apart of the striker's undoubted talent and potential, Marenich is versatile enough to play in various positions and this will suit Krasnozhan really well in a season which will last 18 months such as the next one.
WELCOME ON BOARD AND ALL THE BEST!!