Scouting expert: Newcastle United overpaid for Alexander Isak, but he's 'top quality'

We’re delighted to welcome Football Manager’s Wolves researcher Dave Azzopardi as our exclusive columnist. Each week the scouting expert will be giving his views on the biggest talking points on Wonderkids across the UK…

Newcastle United may have overpaid for Alexander Isak this summer, but he is “top quality” and they’re a better side for it according to Dave Azzopardi.

The Magpies smashed their transfer record when they activated the Swedish striker’s £60m release clause to bring him to the Premier League from Real Sociedad.

But after suffering with injury problems over the course of the season, he has managed just three appearances so far. Newcastle are flying and sitting in the top four though even without him, and Azzopardi says that overpaying is just something they have to get used to now they have money.

“It’s a difficult one because I think Newcastle needed to spend the money,” he told The Football Wonderkids.

“It’s the same with Callum Wilson, we all know he’s a talented footballer but how often is he going to stay fit? Unfortunately for Newcastle it seems like they might have signed another player who has a similar sort of thing.

“I thought at the time, you know there’s no secret that he’s a good footballer Isak. He’s been well spoken about for three or four years across Europe. I know Arsenal were after him last year.

“I don’t think his goalscoring record from last season warranted, in my opinion, quite a big fee. But if he can come back and Newcastle are still in that European picture after the World Cup break, and he comes back to fitness then there’s no harm in having him and Callum Wilson.

“Giving them both the opportunity to rest, and you’ve still got two top quality strikers there.

“The thing with Newcastle is they’re going to have this. They’ve come into a lot of money, they’re going to spend a lot of money on players and not every single one is going to work out perfectly.

“I think he’s a great player but obviously still a long way to go to see if he’s worth the £60m that Newcastle spent on him.”

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