Eddie Howe hails 'special' Alexander Isak's Newcastle debut vs Liverpool
Eddie Howe hails 'special' Alexander Isak's Newcastle debut vs Liverpool

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Eddie Howe hails 'special' Alexander Isak's Newcastle debut vs Liverpool

Alexander Isak made his Newcastle United debut against Liverpool on Wednesday night, and Eddie Howe was very pleased with his latest signing.

The 22-year-old was a surprise inclusion in the starting lineup, having been a doubt for the fixture earlier in the day.

But his work permit issue was resolved, and Isak was thrust straight into Premier League action. And he certainly didn’t disappoint.

The £59million man gave Newcastle the lead in the 38th minute. Sean Longstaff’s clever pass played him in, and Isak did the rest. A clever and emphatic finish past Alisson gave the Magpies a deserved lead.

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He could have had another in the second half, had it not been for the officials. He had the ball in the net after going past two Liverpool defenders, but the flag went up for offside. When VAR had a look at it, it’s difficult to see why it was ruled out.

But it was, and a valiant Newcastle went on to lose 2-1. While the result was crushing, the performance from the men in black and white was sensational. And in Isak, Howe has got a star on his hands.

Howe on Isak vs Liverpool

After the game, Howe spoke to NUFC TV. He was asked about Isak’s debut performance for the club.

“He looked really good,” Howe said.

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“We didn’t anticipate him playing the whole game, he hadn’t done a huge amount of training since he joined us.

“I think he picked up a bit of a knock, a dead leg, during the game as well so we wanted to protect him, but he looks a special player.”

Sign of things to come from Isak

It was an almost perfect debut for Isak. He certainly did his bit, and proved why he was Newcastle’s first choice striker target.

On two occasions he showed incredible composure inside the box, and had the finish to match. It’s just a shame the second was ruled out for ‘offside’.

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He gave the Liverpool defence a torrid time, and matched them physically too. That was a big bonus, given he was up against Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez. But Isak wasn’t fazed, and won his fair share of challenges and flick ons.

The early signs are very positive. Newcastle have got a real player on their hands, and someone who has the potential to become a top class centre forward.

News of a dead leg is a concern, but hopefully it’s nothing serious. Isak will be desperate to play on Saturday against Crystal Palace, where he will get a hero’s welcome inside St James’ Park.