Newcastle United have some big players who are ready to make a splash in the Champions League, including Alexander Isak.
The 23-year-old played an important role in Newcastle qualifying, with his efforts in the second half of last season ensuring that we finished in the top four.
The Magpies have been rewarded with a Champions League group of death, where Eddie Howe’s side will face AC Milan, Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain.
The competition kicks off this evening, with Newcastle taking on AC Milan at the San Siro. It is set to be a special occasion, and a game that Isak will start.
It has been reported that the Sweden international will be in Howe’s starting lineup against Milan, taking Callum Wilson’s place up front.
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That is a brave decision by Howe considering how well Wilson did at the weekend, but the Newcastle manager clearly has a lot of belief in Isak’s ability.
Eddie Howe delighted with ‘real talent’ Alexander Isak
Ahead of the game against AC Milan, Howe spoke to the media. He was asked about Isak’s qualities and what he can offer if he plays on Tuesday night.
“He’s just a super technician,” he said.
“Very, very intelligent footballer and he’s got the ability to win you a game. He can do something absolutely unexpected.
“I think he’s a real talent.”
Isak can be Newcastle’s gamechanger against AC Milan
Wilson will feel hard done by, but Isak is perhaps a better fit to start against AC Milan.
As Howe says, he is capable of moments of magic. He can do the unthinkable and the unexpected, and that could make him decisive in the Champions League.
While he has only been at Newcastle for just over a year, Isak has already scored some crucial goals. He has proven himself to be a difference maker, and hopefully that continues against AC Milan at the San Siro.
It looks set to be a big night for Newcastle’s ‘super technician’, who has only played in the Champions League once before.