Could Alexander Isak fire Sweden to glory?
With the European Championships well under way, Swedish striker Alexander Isak is hotly tipped to become the next Zlatan Ibrahimovic and represent the next generation of upcoming, Swedish talent. At just 21 years of age, his league goal record stands at 54 in 128, with 17 of those goals coming in the last season for Real Sociedad in La Liga. You could say that this was his breakthrough season, which put promises into reality on the goalscoring front.
Meanwhile, although Ibrahimovic did make a brief return to the Swedish national squad, he was forced to drop out of the Euro’s due to a knee injury. What’s worse for the 39 year old is that he may require surgery as a result. This is something which at his age is not good news, but even still he managed to bag 15 goals this season for AC Milan, proving his class.
This means that the stage is set for Isak to really make a name for himself. After a disappointing spell at Borussia Dortmund a few years back, it is in Spain where he is flourishing. Like his fellow countryman Ibrahimovic, the pair have a lot in common too. Ibrahimovic is also part of Sweden’s rich history of immigrants, with a Bosniak father and Croatian mother, with Ibrahimovic being born in Malmo.
Izak is also a native of Sweden whose parents hail from Eritrea. Like Ibrahimovic, he is also 6’4 and began his football career with a successful spell in Sweden. Here, Izak scored 10 in 24 for AIK aged just 17. At the same age, Ibrahimovic scored 12 in 26 whilst playing for Malmo. As said, there are lots of similarities between the two. Already, Izak has been linked away from Sociedad with bigger clubs bidding around $35 million as a result.
Internationally, Izak is now the first name on the team sheet for Sweden too, scoring 6 goals in 22. Whilst this isn’t quite Zlatan levels just yet, it does show hope for his country. Sweden will play Spain on Monday night which will be their biggest test in the group stages. After this, they also play Slovakia and Poland. Whilst this isn’t the toughest group ever, it’s still a challenge.
Perhaps this could be the first big tournament where Izak makes his mark? If he managed to fire them out of the group stage alone, then his campaign would be considered a success. With this in mind, it seems that there are only bright things ahead for the future of Alexander Izak and Sweden.
Source: 1000 Goals.