Alexander Isak has officially departed from Borussia Dortmund for Real Sociedad. The 19-year-old Swedish striker tallied only 13 appearances in 3 seasons with Dortmund. Despite his limited minutes, the “New Zlatan” displayed tremendous potential.
Isak was the first foreign-born player in the Eredivisie to score 12 goals in his first 12 appearances while on loan to Willem II. He also was the first player to score 3 penalty kicks in one Eredivisie match. He finished the season with 14 goals in 18 appearances.
Given Isak’s immediate impact at Willem II, Real Sociedad’s interest in the striker isn’t surprising. But the move may not be as well-received by Dortmund fans who were optimistic about his future with the club. However, Dortmund’s recent additions to an already-lethal attack likely signaled limited opportunities for Isak in the near future.
Conversely, the opportunity to join 9th-place Real Sociedad can provide Isak with minutes that would’ve been hard to earn with Dortmund. Unlike Dortmund, Real Sociedad is a very young team, so Isak’s limited experience shouldn’t hurt him.
Ultimately, Real Sociedad provides “New Zlatan” an opportunity to showcase his goal scoring abilities at an elite level. Tied for Willem’s top spot on the score sheet, Isak looks to bring his attacking prowess to Real Sociedad until his contract expires in 2024.
New Zlatan’s departure from the Black and Yellow may seem like a missed opportunity to some Dortmund fans, but the Black and Yellow already have plenty of attacking options. Paco Alcacer, Jadon Sancho, Marco Reus, Thorgan Hazard and Julian Brandt are very capable of finishing in front of goal. Perhaps Isak’s move to Real Sociedad will spark a new interest among Dortmund fans in Spain’s top competition as they support Lucien Favre in his second season as BVB’s manager.
A 2019 graduate from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Ryan is an aspiring sports writer with a profound passion for the Black and Yellow. On match day, Ryan can likely be seen draped in Dortmund’s colors, perennially pacing the living room of his Ann Arbor apartment. He dreams of one day watching a match from world football’s largest and most impressive standing terrace, The Yellow Wall.