The Ukrainian's goals have helped to take Girona to the top of LaLiga
Girona have been the revelation of the season in LaLiga. After beating champions Barça on Sunday, they sit top of the table, with 41 points.
Back in the summer, it was hard to say how Girona would perform, particularly in attack. The Blanquivermells’ front three were all new recruits.
However, the team has gelled perfectly under head coach Míchel - and striker Artem Dovbyk has been particularly outstanding.
Signed from Dnipro-1 for around $9 million, the Ukraine international arrived at Montilivi as Girona’s club-record signing.
There were high hopes for Dovbyk, as he had racked up 37 goal contributions (a goal or an assist) in 39 appearances last season.
And the 26-year-old hasn’t disappointed: a starter for Girona since LaLiga matchday five, he has now scored eight and set up another six.
Currently joint-third in LaLiga’s scoring charts, Dovbyk has been involved in around a third of Girona’s goals in the Spanish top flight this term.
He’s averaging a goal or an assist every 64 minutes. That’s a better hit rate than Jude Bellingham, Kylian Mbappé or Erling Haaland.
The Ukrainian’s game is reminiscent of Haaland’s: he’s big, strong, and quick to snap up scoring chances. He’s a born finisher.
Dovbyk is also a target man who’s very skilful with ball at feet. He accounts for 34% of Girona’s touches in the opposition box.