Johnny Russel


{Player Profile Updated 08/08/2012}

Date of Birth: - 8th of April 1990.

Height: - 5 ft 10 in.

Nationality: - Scottish.

Position: - Striker or attacking midfield.

Current Club: - Dundee United.

Estimated Market Value: - Around 1 to 1.5 million pounds.

Linked with: - Leeds United and Celtic

Club Career:

-Russel made his professional debut on the 12th of May 2007 in a 2-0 defeat at Falkirk.

-In August 2008, Russell moved on loan to Forfar Athletic until the end of the year.

-He scored twice on his debut.

-When he returned to Dundee United in January 2009, Russell made his first start in the Scottish Cup fourth round victory at East Stirlingshire, scoring a second half penalty kick for his first United goal.

-He then returned to Forfar on loan for the remainder of the season.

-In the 2009/2010 season Russel went on loan to Raith Rovers where he scored his first senior hat-trick in a final day 4-1 win over Ross County.

-In the 2010/2011 season he finally broke into the Dundee United team making 34 appearances and scoring goals against Rangers and Celtic.

-Russel scored his first Dundee United hat-trick in a 6-2 win against Airdrie United in the Scottish cup on the 7th of January 2012.

-He is now a regular starter for Dundee United in attack.

International Career:

-Russel has played for Scotland U19's and U21's but has never played for the senior squad.

-He made his first U19 appearance in 2007.

-Russel made his U21 debut in 2010 but has never scored.

Club Statistics

Dundee United:

2006/2007 season - 2 appearances, 0 goals.

2007/2008 season - 2 appearances, 0 goals.

2008/2009 season - 1 appearance, 1 goal.

2009/2010 season - 1 appearance, 1 goal.

2010/2011 season - 34 appearances, 1 goals.

2011/2012 season - 42 appearances, 14 goals.

Forfar Athletic (loan):

2008/2009 season -26 appearances, 8 goals.

Raith Rovers (loan):

2009/2010 season -28 appearances, 5 goals.

International Statistics:

Scotland U19 -10 appearances, 8 goals.

Scotland U21 - 9 appearances, 0 goals.

General Comments:

In my Opinion i think Russel is a very decent play, and at young age he could still become better. Okay it is a weak league he's playing in but i believe he has the potential to play in leagues such as the premier league. Russel is good in the air but there's no doubt his main strengths come from what he can do on the ground he is a pacey fast footed young attacker that can create chances and score goals. This is only a brief comment on Russel but overall all you need to know is that he is a good player. I do not think he should move from Dundee United yet because i feel he still needs to develop more as a player.

Summary of :

Strengths - Pace, Finishing, quick feet and creativity.

Weaknesses - Sometimes physically he isn't the best and against the Old Firm he sometimes looks out of the game.

The Business End of the Profile.

I'm not sure if there are any other teams other than Celtic and Leeds that want him but it does look like Celtic are in the driving seat. I don't think Russel should move yet and i don't think he will. If you know of any other teams interested in him please comment.