A number of Europe’s top clubs have been linked with a move for Alexander Isak – but who is the Allmänna Idrottsklubben striker?
The 17-year-old has been in impressive form for AIK, netting nine goals in 22 games. Isak has been linked with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Roma, Liverpool and Southampton. So here is all you need to know about him…
Born in Solna, Stockholm, he started in the youth set-up at AIK aged six progressing through the youth ranks and made his team debut on February 28 2016 against Tenhults IF aged 16, and scored in the 6-0 victory.
He later became the youngest scorer for AIK in a competitive game and also the youngest scorer in Allsvenskan history, at the age of 16 years and 199 days on April 7 2016, netting the second in a 2-0 victory over Östersunds FK.
On his 17th birthday he was dubbed Sweden’s ‘new Zlatan Ibrahimovic’ by teammate Chinedu Obasi after Isak scored a crucial brace to hand his side a victory of DIK in the Stockholm derby.
Isak impressed Leicester scouts in Sweden’s UEFA Under 17 Championship qualifiers against Wales, Portugal and Croatia earlier this year. The fact the Foxes are playing Champions League football, could be a major factor in attracting some of Europe’s top young talent to the King Power stadium this January.
Style of play
Just like Ibrahimović, the young attacker is pacy and very strong. He is an example of a modern striker and has a physical prowess, which means he would withstand rigours of Premier League football. For a 17-year-old, he reads the game well and is good at hitting the back of the net from various distances.
Only years ahead will help the youngster to develop his game, despite him already showing signs of a star in the making.
What he says
“It feels great. I feel I’m constantly improving. It’s always good to test yourself against talented and more experienced players,” says Isak.
What they say
Henok Goitom (striker, San Jose Earthquakes): “If you educate Alexander Isak, in a good way, he can have a big future. He already has a good understanding of the game.”
Tobias Ackerman (AIK scouting director): “Even when he was 10, he had an extremely developed game. He had nice feet and fine qualities in this way. Properties that you look at and that can help you to become a good player as a senior.
“You put a 14 year old talent to train with the U17 team and he is performing above expectations there. Then he goes on to the U19 team. No one believes he will succeed there, but he just continues to fly. Same thing with the U21, and with the first team.”
Patrick Mork (agent): “He is an exceptional and extraordinary talent. Name five of Europe’s biggest clubs and there are four who want him. There was a huge interest in the summer for him. If he actively wanted to leave AIK, he would already have been sold.”
Ricard Norling (AIK head coach): “He has a terrific talent, but you can’t compare him to Zlatan … He’s not there yet, but the important thing for him is to make sure that he’s doing something to bring out the talent that he has been gifted with. And I can tell you he works hard every day.”