Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe is expecting to see more from record signing Alexander Isak soon.
The forward scored his second Toon goal against Bournemouth, converting a penalty after Craig Pawson pointed to the spot with help from VAR.
It was the 22-year-old’s first ever goal at St James’ Park, and hopefully the first of many if he’s to justify the £59million price tag. His club record arrival came as a shock last month, and he’s had a mixed start to life with Newcastle.
His goal return is decent, but he’s yet to taste victory with his new club. And while his performance against Liverpool was excellent, the same can’t be said for his last two outings versus Crystal Palace and Bournemouth.
But Howe has leapt to the defence of his number 14, and has sent supporters a very encouraging message.
Howe on Isak expectation
After the game, Howe spoke to NUFC TV. He was asked about Isak’s contribution against the Cherries.
“Really pleased, he needed to score here and that’s two goals in three appearances so he’ll be very pleased with that and we’re very pleased with him,” Howe said.
“I think there’s a lot more to come from him, trust me, from what we’ve seen in training.
“We need to involve him more. Today it was difficult. There were lots of bodies around him – very minimal space. So frustrated we couldn’t see more of him in those areas.”
Howe’s comments are very exciting
The Newcastle boss is adamant that there is more to come from the Sweden international. The way he says ‘trust me’ shows how much he believes in the summer signing from Real Sociedad.
It’s very encouraging to hear how well Isak has looked behind the scenes. However, we’re yet to see that at St James’ Park.
He was totally isolated against Bournemouth, and barely got a sniff of goal other than the penalty. But improvement will come. Isak is yet to play in a settled Newcastle team, nor has he played alongside Allan Saint-Maximin or a fully fit Bruno Guimaraes.
But as Howe says, Newcastle need to find a way to involve Isak more. His touches against Bournemouth were limited, while there was limited space for him to exploit.
In contrast, we saw him in full stride against Liverpool. He was very suited to playing against a high line, with his pace and dribbling ability causing real problems. Howe needs to find a way to get Isak in similar positions against different opposition.
There is clearly a lot more to come from Isak, but the main thing right now is that he is scoring goals. Two in three is a great start, and Howe is certain there is ‘a lot more to come from him’.