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Alexander Isak The new Ibrahimovic scoring machine linked to Barcelona

The 19-year-old has been breaking records at Willem II since joining on loan from Dortmund, reportedly catching the Catalans’ eye once more


As a player once named “the new Zlatan Ibrahimovic”, it was just right that Alexander Isak would swing to the Eredivisie for the chance to substantiate himself as a potential star.

The Swedish striker pursued his perplexing ancestor’s lead by moving to Netherlands as a 19-year-old and has established an astounding connection with 13 objectives from 14 appearances for Willem II. He just participated in January, however Isak needs only one more Eredivisie objective to coordinate his compatriot’s best count in a full season in the Dutch top-flight.

Ibrahimovic went through three years with Ajax before proceeding to expand on his prosperity by winning titles at Inter , Barcelona , AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain – just as turning into his nation’s untouched top scorer.

Isak won’t find the opportunity to get one Eredivisie victor’s award not to mention the two Ibrahimovic left with before he comes back to Borussia Dortmund once his loan spell closes this late spring. He could, however, repeat his countryman by winning the KNVB Beker when Willem II face Ajax in the last.

The likenesses may not finish there as it has been reported in Spain that Barcelona are observing his advancement, having just appeared nearby Real Madrid before he joined Dortmund in 2017.

It would be a wild exchange now, yet Ibrahimovic’s troublesome spell at Barcelona ought not fill in as a sign for the man the media has hailed as his beneficiary. The promising ability has an alternate playing style and identity to the notorious forward.

They are both tall – Isak is 6ft 3in and Ibrahimovic is around two inches taller – yet the adolescent isn’t as solid and battles to utilize his edge. He doesn’t have Ibrahimovic’s sense of self and friendship for contention, either, which will profit him from multiple points of view, however he needs more strength in physical fights and less indifference noticeable all around.

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It is his capacity to locate the net, close control and connection up play with team-mates that has made him a record-breaker at Willem II. Despite the fact that his initial three appearances were goalless, he hit his walk in the wake of opening his record against Vitesse with a dynamite run that saw him become the main player in 50 years to score multiple times in his initial 11 Eredivisie amusements.

That streak incorporated the definitive objective in a 3-2 succeed at Feyenoord, a cap trap of punishments against Fortuna Sittard, two fine objectives and two helps as they beat Heracles 4-3 away, their solitary objective in a 4-1 misfortune to Ajax and the objective and aid a 2-0 victory over PEC Zwolle. He was likewise essential in managing them past AZ in the KNVB Beker semi-finals, scoring in the 1-1 draw and after that changing over his punishment in the shootout. He has been outstanding for the Tilburg side, who are pushing for the play-offs for an Europa League spot.

His advancement has been as amazing as it is self-evident. It took him 29 diversions to achieve the count of 13 objectives at his previous side AIK Solna, while in 13 recreations for Borussia Dortmund he hit the net just once – against a then third level side. Notwithstanding for the German club’s stores he just overseen five out of 12 appearances.

Willem II supporters have liked him, while he has turned into a symbol for Eritreans – his folks are from that point – and there was a gathering of fans from the African nation rooting for him to score against PEC Zwolle in tribute to as of late killed rapper Nipsey Hussle. He was glad to grasp them in his victory lap in the wake of designing another success to demonstrate to them that, similar to his kindred Eritrean relative, he is productive, so talented, the sort that is gon’ go get it .

Willem II mentor Adrie Koster, who trained Luis Suarez and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in a spell as between time Ajax supervisor, has been in awe of him, as well.

“I have never worked with such a total player,” he said. “He has everything: speed, review, system and scoring capacity.”

Isak is continually searching for space to help Willem II advance as they develop calmly. He frequently moves wide to make it and charge upfield or he will drop profound to consolidate with team-mates, yet he is getting it done when he can float behind focus backs and have the ball played before him. He once in a while shoots from fresh and he can be deadly once he is inside, yet his completing capacity can at present improve.

After he turned into his nation’s most youthful ever scorer in his first begin for Sweden, he was forgotten for more than two years as he attempted to have an effect at Borussia Dortmund. Since he is

exciting in a top level once more, Sweden mentor Janne Andersson has brought him once more into the edge.

It’s incredible that it has worked out so well for him, Andersson revealed to SVT Sport. “He has created in many zones. In each match he has taken on to an ever increasing extent and made various pleasant objectives here toward the end.

“He was with the most recent national team since he is adequate, not on the grounds that he is youthful and promising.

“It’s incredible that things are going so well for him and that he’s getting the playing time he needs. It is additionally clear that he has been in a decent preparing condition, he has grown most and developed as a player in a few distinctive ways.

On the off chance that he can expand on the excellent spell he has delighted in the Eredivisie, Europe’s top teams will before long be arranging to offer Dortmund a major increment on the reported €9 million expense they paid to get him.

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