Fans cried over Lewandowski’s departure. Not only because he was joining BVB’s arch-rival Bayern Munich, but also because they thought we will never get a player as talented as he was for the Black and Yellow. They might be right. In my opinion, they are completely wrong. Borussia Dortmund always managed to replace vital players without breaking a sweat. From Aubameyang to Paco Alcacer, Michael Zorc seems to always find replacement whether by an experienced or young player. One of the most underrated signings in the last couple of years is Sweden international Alexander Isak. Despite being only 19, his talent looks promising. Although he didn’t shine for Borussia Dortmund as Jadon Sancho did, he still has a great potential that won’t go unnoticed by Lucien Favre. So, who is Alexander Isak, Borussia Dortmund’s young striker?
Who is Alexander Isak, the New Zlatan
Despite his young age, 17 years old Alexander Isak made his first appearance for the Swedish national team. He then managed to score in his second cap against Slovakia. This made him the youngest goalscorer ever in the history of the Sweden national team.
In the 2020 European Championship qualifiers, Alexander Isak scored his first ever competitive goal for Sweden against Malta. Therefore, this is his second goal in 5 international caps.
Outscored the Eredivisie
It’s more complicated than that, but he did outscore the Dutch league. After a lack of playtime with Borussia Dortmund, Alexander Isak was loaned to Eredivisie side Willem II in the 2018-2019 winter break.
Although he was new to that competition, he didn’t waste time and started scoring goals right away. He managed to score 13 goals in 16 appearances, more than any other player in the second part of the Eredivisie.
He Holds a Record for…
The first player in the Eredivisie to score 3 penalties in one game. On March 30th, Alexander Isak, on loan from Borussia Dortmund, became the first player in the Dutch first division to score from the penalty spot 3 times in one game, helping Willem II to pick up a win against Fortuna Sittard (3-2).
Turned Down Real Madrid
Before joining Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and Juventus showed interest in Alexander Isak. The Spanish giant made an 8 million Euros bid to sign the young Swedish, potentially making him the most expensive signing in Sweden history, more than what Ajax paid for Zlatan Ibrahimovic in 2001. However, Alexander Isak chose to join Borussia Dortmund thanks to their reputation to bring up young talent.
Still Wants to Play for BVB despite High Profile Offers
Gathering the interest of big European clubs like Chelsea FC, Alexander Isak still wants to play for Borussia Dortmund. “I believe in making my breakthrough at Dortmund,” Isak told Swedish national newspaper Expressen. “I’ve put on good performances here [at Willem II] and they’re satisfied with what I’ve been doing.” And if there is a coach capable of taking a young talent to a world-class level, Lucien Favre is the man for the job.
From the 2005 Borussia Dortmund, till the title winning squad in 2011 and UEFA Champions League runner up era, Mostafa was always a very passionate Black and Yellow supporter. You would often see him in Coffee shops and Bars on Matchdays. He will be wearing a BVB jersey and sipping on a German beer and most likely swearing at the referee.