Alan Shearer can’t help gushing over Newcastle United’s Alexander Isak after his latest performances.
Alexander Isak went on a superb run of goalscoring form, but despite not hitting the back of the net in Newcastle‘s last two games, Isak has still managed to grab the headlines.
His brilliant mazy run against Everton on Thursday had fans and pundits slack-jawed in disbelief and then yesterday against Southampton, after he was pushed out to the left once again, he soon turned provider, this time for Callum Wilson.
Shearer says Isak is becoming unplayable
Alan Shearer wrote about Isak in his BBC column saying: “Isak’s form is incredible when you consider this is his first season in the Premier League and he was sidelined for the early part of it.
“I was there at Anfield in August, when he scored against Liverpool on his debut, but he suffered a thigh injury a couple of weeks later and did not start another league game until February.
“It must have been very a frustrating period, but just look at him now. At the moment, Isak is close to being unplayable when he is on the left, which is where he moved to against Saints when Callum came on.”
Isak’s versatility is one of the big reasons we signed him and it’s now coming in clutch at the tail-end of the season. Newcastle had been ‘found out’ to a point after January. The lads were finding it hard to score as rival teams seemed to have cottoned on to how we play and where our goals came from.
Eddie Howe has a lot of thinking to do about where to deploy Isak
Since Eddie Howe started experimenting with Callum Wilson and Isak together things started to open up again, and now that both have hit a rich vein of form, they’re both elevating each other’s game which is proving to be a nightmare for our opponents.
As Shearer said, Isak is almost unplayable down the left. Rumour has it the Everton defence are still looking for him after that run on Thursday, and he changed the game against Southampton when he stepped out wide.
The problem Howe now has is pinning down which is his best position. Isak would prefer to play through the middle and score goals, as any striker would, but is that what’s best for the team going forward? Could he play down the left with Wilson in the middle?
It’s a nice problem for Howe to have, and it will certainly keep the opposition guessing going into each game now which gives us that edge back that we lost at the turn of the year.
Newcastle will definitely finish the season strong thanks to these options.