Sweden international Alexander Isak has been named Newcastle's “Thierry Henry” by club manager Eddie Howe.
The in-form 23-year-old lit up the Premier League on Thursday night with a stunning assist which drew comparisons with the mercurial Frenchman.
He picked up the ball on halfway and skipped past three defenders on a mesmerising run before crossing for Jacob Murphy to tap in at the far post as the Magpies won 4-1 at Everton.
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As a result of the dazzling footwork of Isak, Howe was asked if he could see the comparison with Arsenal legend Henry and he replied: “Yes, I can, I can see the comparisons there.
“Everyone is different, there are no two players that are the same, but I do think he has some of the characteristics Thierry had.
“He’s certainly got the speed and a similar build and frame.
"The footwork for the assist was truly remarkable, really, and I think he’s got a lot of potential to improve and get better.
“But it’s been a great start for him here.”
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Isak joined Newcastle as a £ 60 million summer recruit from Real Sociedad.
The deal was questioned by many spectators and pundits because of the heavy sum requested by the Spanish outfit. But today, naysayers have been proved wrong by the Swede whose rich vein of form has been key to the Magpies’ surge into Champions League contention.
He has scored four times in his last five games to take his tally for the season to 10 goals as he battles Callum Wilson for the right to lead the line, although his intervention at Goodison Park came from the bench as Howe rotated his in-form frontmen.
However, Isak will have to wait to see if he gets another chance to impress when struggling Southampton visit St James’ Park on Sunday.