This player, same as many Moldovan talents, started his career in FC Zimbru. At the age of 13, he moved to Shakhtar Donetsk. As he did not have Ukrainian passport, he was suspended from playing in youth competitions, but he had to prove himself in friendly matches. Contract that was presented to him at the age of 18, to Catalin's mind, was unacceptable, so he changed Shakhtar to Dinamo Kiev, fierce rival. Afterwards, he changed clubs every year, having played in CFR Cluj, Steaua, Viitorul.
Having finished with his brief biography, we have two more questions: who is Catalin on the pitch and outside of it?
Let's be honest, Carp is a mediocre player, despite his innate physicals.
Modern defensive midfielder has to have particular abilities to succeed on the pitch, dominate, and rule the tempo of the game. In Russia, exactly high-level defensive midfielders help their teams win rewards: Wernbloom does not allow CSKA lose its CL contender status, Gatskan was tremendous in home match against Bayern Munich, in games against Manchester United, Atletico, and he is responsible for concedeless series beginning from the winter break in RFPL.
Key attributes for a defensive midfielders are his defensive actions (pressing, tackling, ability to force opponents make mistakes), physicality (ability to work hard 90 minutes) and, of course, tactical knowledge (defensively – patch holes in the defense, cover players, secure, and stop opponents from making through passes; during own possession – an additional option to continue attacking movements, he must know how to give the ball to more creative player, without losing it). Catalin Carp, according to Ufa's board, is well-trained to act in this area, intercepting passes and winning aerial duels, working on escalation. However, the problem is that FC Ufa has already 4 players, who can act similarly: Oblyakov, Bezdenezhnykh, Vanek and Paurevic. Is he stronger or more skillful, than others here? What are his chances to stay in FC Ufa longer than one season, according to his career's history? Is he that potential and perspective, so taking away game time from young Russian players is justified? How has he shown himself already in RFPL, league that is objectively tougher than Romanian one?
Catalin Carp produces rather mixed impression. He was at his best during his debut against FC Terek, tackling successfully 4 times out of 6, won a bunch of aerial duels, took every rebound he saw. He tipped his teammates, helped them, wasn't afraid to move around, fell, got up and tackled again.
Next match against KS Samara, which are struggling not to relegate, Carp touched the ball 25 times. Indicative moment was an episode with a free-throw from the sideline by KS players, and Catalin stood there, covering nobody, watched how KS was going to attack.
Most of his passes goes to left/right backs Sukhov and Zhivoglyadov, and, what is more, Catalin doesn't shift, doesn't run, doesn't open himself again, he calms down, relaxes and waits for something.