Swedish goal-scoring sensation Alexander Isak is drawing comparisons to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but some feel this is unfair and the player is his own man.
Isak is a tall slender Swedish striker. He has become a prodigious export from the Swedish first division.
This for many is where the comparison to Zlatan Ibrahimovic ends. But you can’t help but see the uncanny similarities in their stories.
Isak was sold by Swedish first division side AIK to Borussia Dortmund at the tender age of 18. He spent two rather fruitless years with the German side. One of which was on loan to Dutch side Willem II, where he scored 14 goals in 18 games.
He was eventually sold to Real Sociedad. Where a string of spectacular goals against even more spectacular opponents has earned him rave reviews.
Befoer he left AIK he was described by teammate Chinedu Obasi as “the new Zlatan Ibrahimovic.”
Since then his development and stature has progressed, and his quality and persona are very Zlatan like.
But Swedish journalist Alexandra Jonson believes we should exercise caution in this comparison.
In an interview with Goal he said:
“It’s a comparison we’ve heard in Sweden as well, as there are a few similarities. “
“The way Isak broke through from nowhere so quickly as a teenager in the Swedish league – it hasn’t been seen since Zlatan.”
“Then, he became the first player to break Zlatan’s transfer record in the Swedish league when AIK sold him.”
“Simply put he is the biggest talent we’ve seen since Zlatan.”
“But personally I think the comparisons should end there.”
“It’s more of a lazy thing to compare him to Zlatan just because he’s Swedish.”
“There are some similarities but I believe Isak is a very different player to Zlatan and definitely a completely different type of personality.”
In a recent poll in the Swedish press, Isak came out ahead of Ibrahimovic when they were asked who is currently Swedens best forward.
What do you think, Isak or Zlatan?