Isak lands rookie award in breakout season
Long term Valencia target Alexander Isak capped a fine season as he was last night named as the Spanish Young Player of the Year for the 20/21 season, just days before it reaches it’s conclusion with the title race still set to go down to the wire. Isak himself will travel to the Camp Nou on the final day to face Barcelona, with his side Real Sociedad having already secured qualification for the Europa league next year, although the young striker would no doubt love to add to his impressive tally against the Catalunya giants.
The award, given in recognition to younger players enjoying a breakthrough season, has been picked up in the past by such illustrious names as Sergio Ramos, Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique, while more recent incumbents include Marco Asensio and Alvaro Odriozola. There has been no doubt the 21 year old, who Valencia have cast a longing eye over since the early stages of the current campaign, has stood out for his side, ruthless in front of goal and showing consistency regardless of opposition. With no award given the previous 2 seasons, Isak ironically takes over the award from Gonçalo Guedes of Valencia, who picked up the honour in 2017-18, and who Los Che would love to see paired with Isak in coming seasons.
Isak began his career back in Sweden, playing for his home town side AIK where he made the breakthrough back in early 2016, scoring in a 6-0 victory despite being just 16 years old. Unsurprisingly, he progressed rapidly into the first team set up at AIK, eventually scoring 13 goals in 29 appearances in his first season. This led to the now well trodden path for promising youngsters of a move to the Bundesliga to join Borussia Dortmund, Isak moving to the German giants in January 2017.
Staring for Dortmund II, he scored 5 in 11 in the 2018-19 season before making the switch to the Netherlands to join Willem II on loan. In the Eredivisie, he once again found goalscoring form easy to come by, becoming the first foreign-born player to score 12 goals in his first 12 Eredivisie games, eventually ending his time in Holland with 14 goals in 18 appearances, a fantastic return. This led to the switch to Sociedad, where the young Swedish international signed a long term deal, finding the net 16 times in his first season.
This season he continued to prosper in front of goal, netting in the opening fixture against Celta Vigo, before grabbing another 2 in 4 games in October, including a goal in the Europa League. November proved even more prosperous as he grabbed another 5, followed by 2 more in December. Four more goals followed at the turn of the year, before a Europa League hat-trick against Wolfsberger AC and another in February continued the run. March was lean by the youngster’s standards, finding the net just twice, but this was followed up by scoring in 5 out of the 6 games in April, including a double against Osasuna.
Going into the final game of the season he currently sits on 21 goals in La Liga, while also having 7 in the Europa league this year. He also grabbed a double for his country in a 5-1 win back in March. His long term contract, and the current financial situation at Valencia, makes any move, at least in the short term, highly unlikely, but if he continues to show the form which has seen him earn this latest accolade, it won’t be long before many other of the top European clubs start sniffing around.Share this: