Record signing Alexander Isak has started all three matches he’s been eligible for. His timely arrival came while both Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson were nursing hamstring injuries, which were initially thought to be minor.
Wilson is on the mend and likely to feature at Fulham in two weeks. For Saint-Maximin, it’s a more dicey proposition as a setback has Eddie Howe sweating his availability for Craven Cottage.
Once Howe has all of his weapons available, Newcastle should be a force in the final third. Over the past three matches, Isak’s shoulders have carried the brunt of attacking expectations.
The new signing has, for the most part, acquitted himself well. It’s early days for the young Swede and 2 goals in three matches, even if one was a penalty, is not a shabby return for a Premier League newcomer.
Stand-in skipper Kieran Trippier has been very impressed with his new teammate, who has only been in the ranks for 25 days. This is what the England international said about Isak as published in The Mirror:
“He’s slotted in straight away and, in training and games, it’s like he’s been here for ages, but it’s more about developing as a team and finding his strengths. Everyone has seen what he’s all about.
“I’ve played against him in La Liga. When Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson come back, we’ll be an even bigger threat.
“He plays off the shoulder, he’s quick, he’s good in the air. We’ve got an all-round striker, at such a young age. He’ll keep growing and will keep scoring goals for us, that’s for sure.
“But we need goals from all over the pitch, not just him. We’ve created so many opportunities the last couple of games. we just need to start putting them in.”
Isak turns 23 on Wednesday when he’ll be off with the Swedish squad for Nations League matches against Serbia and Slovenia. The young striker has shown his qualities in glimpses and once the kinks in attack are smoothed out and other stars return, Newcastle will be much more lethal in front of the net.