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Who Is Alexander Isak? Incredible Back Story Of Euro 2020 Sensation

Robert Mann

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Who Is Alexander Isak? Incredible Back Story Of Euro 2020 Sensation

Alexander Isak is a name we will be hearing a lot more of in the future - and it comes as no surprise, too, especially given his stellar performances for Sweden during this summer's European Championships.

Sweden are without their legendary forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic at this summer's Euro 2020 - but Isak is the new kid on the block that is captivating the Swedes every single time he plays.

Isak is, essentially, Sweden's new Ibrahimovic - at least that's what many fans and pundits are saying - and he has already found the back of the net five times in 22 caps for the Scandinavians.

Sweden legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic is said to be a huge fan of Alexander Isak
Sweden legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic is said to be a huge fan of Alexander Isak

The Swede was somewhat of a revelation in La Liga last season, scoring 17 times in total for Real Sociedad, while attracting interest from some of the biggest clubs around Europe.

That same season, he also became the youngest player since Ronaldo Nazario to score in seven successive games in the competition. Talk about impressive.

The 21-year-old has shone brightly during this summer's showpiece and has been Sweden's talisman - and even put in a sizzling man of the match display against Slovakia recently.

Among those interested in the prospect is Chelsea - with head coach Thomas Tuchel knowing the young striker well during his time at Borussia Dortmund.

Sociedad, however, are adamant that he will not be sold for less than his £60m buyout clause, but the Blues are insistent on bringing a striker to Stamford Bridge this summer.

Arsenal are another Premier League club that are said to be interested in launching a move for the highly-rated youngster, according to The Athletic.

It is claimed that the Gunners will have Isak towards the top of a list of targets if they offload a striker this summer.

Who is Alexander Isak?

Alexander Isak is a 21-year-old striker, born in Stockholm, who currently plays for Spanish side Real Sociedad in the La Liga.

The striker is also a Swedish international and has been named in Olof Andersson's 26-man squad for this summer's rearranged European Championship.

What has he done so far?

Raised in Stockholm by Eritrean parents, Isak was just six-year-old when he began his footballing career, joining his boyhood club AIK.

After working his way through the youth ranks at the Swedish outfit, Isak made his senior debut for the first-team in February 2016, stepping off the substitutes bench for the final 15 minutes of a 6-0 win and, of course, marked the occasion with a goal.

He soon cemented himself as a regular, despite only being 16 at the time, and finished his first campaign in the team with 11 goals in 26 appearances.

The following season, Isak secured a big move to German giants Borussia Dortmund, signing for the Bundesliga club in January 2017 for a fee believed to be around the €9m mark.

Isak secured a big move to German giants Borussia Dortmund for €9m in 2017
Isak secured a big move to German giants Borussia Dortmund for €9m in 2017

Despite being considered as one of the hottest properties in Europe, he failed to make an impact at the German outfit.

With the 2018/19 campaign threatening to be another one of disappointment in Germany, the Swede joined Dutch outfit Willem II on loan in January 2019 for the remainder of the season.

Proving to be a wise decision in his young career, he scored 14 goals in 18 games, as well as claiming seven assists.

Those performances caught the attention of Real Sociedad, who brought him on a five-year deal in June 2019.

The Swede scored 17 times in total for Real Sociedad last season
The Swede scored 17 times in total for Real Sociedad last season

His first season in Spain saw him score 16 goals in all competitions, but only nine in 37 La Liga outings.

Last season, however, in the 2020/21 campaign, the youngster - believed to have a £60million release clause in his contract - scored an impressive 17 times inside 34 La Liga appearances.

As well as proving himself at club level, Isak has also been producing the goods on the international stage - and has caught the eye of many at this summer's Euros.

Topics: Euro 2020, Sweden, Alexander Isak

Robert Mann
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