La Liga expert delivers verdict on Newcastle signing Alexander Isak
Exclusive: La Liga expert delivers verdict on Newcastle signing Alexander Isak

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Exclusive: La Liga expert delivers verdict on Newcastle signing Alexander Isak

Alexander Isak is officially a Newcastle United player, swapping La Liga for the Premier League.

The Magpies have made the 22-year-old their new record signing, paying Real Sociedad a huge £59million. Isak has signed a six-year deal at St James’ Park, and will wear the number 14 shirt.

It’s an incredibly exciting deal for Toon fans, who are excited to see Isak in action. He arrives with a big reputation and a lot of potential, but what is the Sweden international really like.

La Liga expert Alan Feehely has given Geordie Boot Boys the lowdown on Newcastle’s newest signing, and believes the Magpies have pulled off a brilliant deal – if he reaches his potential.

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La Liga expert surprised to see Isak join Newcastle so quickly

The move came out of nowhere this week. One minute the team was preparing for a League Cup tie with Tranmere, the next a bid had been accepted for Isak.

He arrives on the back of an underwhelming season with Real Sociedad, where he only scored six times in La Liga. And Feehely believes that form might have allowed Newcastle to sneak in and complete this deal.

“I was surprised [by the deal],” he told Geordie Boot Boys.

“Isak is a good footballer with a lot of potential but he had a poor season last year and he’s never been a consistent goalscorer. I think Newcastle are overpaying for him, but I guess they had to due to his importance to La Real.

“A lot of big clubs were tracking him last summer and had he maintained his form I have no doubt they would have gone for him this year given the demand for centre-forwards in the market. But his lack of performance in 2021/22 meant that the majority of suitors didn’t deem the price it would take to pry him from La Real to be worth it.”

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Arsenal were one of the clubs previously linked with Isak, but Newcastle appear to have signed him unchallenged. And Feehely believes he could be a coup for Newcastle ‘if he fulfils’ his potential.

“He has a very high ceiling but – at the same time – his floor is quite low. So I think it could work out brilliantly if he delivers because they would have pulled off a market opportunity but it’s a big risk.”

What Isak will bring to Newcastle

Toon fans will be hoping Isak hits the ground running in the Premier League, but what will he bring to Eddie Howe’s side?

“He’s quick and strong, very aggressive as a runner,” Feehely said.

“You’ll be struck by this when you see him live. He’s also two-footed so can operate across a front three if needed in theory.

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“His main weakness is his finishing.

“I can see them working together well [Isak and Callum Wilson]. Like I said, Isak has never really played in the wide positions but I think his skillset means he could play either right or left of Wilson should it be needed.

“And he’s still so young that he could eventually step up and supplant Callum as the primary forward.”

Another statement signing by the Toon owners

Isak is a huge signing by the Newcastle owners – the biggest the club has ever made.

Before his arrival, the most expensive signing made by the new ownership was Bruno Guimaraes. He joined in January for a fee that could rise to £42million.

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He’s proven to be worth every penny, and Feehely has tipped Isak to have just as big an impact.

“I think he definitely has the potential to do so.

“But I would argue that Guimarães was a safer bet – he’s a high-class central midfielder with all the tools to succeed in the Premier League.

“Isak needs to become more consistent and, quite simply, score more goals in a league that will make his physical gifts less of an advantage.”

Scoring goals is the aim of the game for Isak, and hopefully it doesn’t take him long to open his Newcastle United account.