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Haksabanovic: A Swedish point of view

Filed: Tuesday, 8th August 2017
By: Staff Writer

Montenegro attacking midfielder Sead Haksabanovic became West Ham's latest signing yesterday.

So we reached out to one of our Swedish Forum members for the lowdown on the 18-year-old, who cost the Hammers in the region of £3million.

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"Born in 1999, he was regarded as one of our prime prospects for the future," wrote KUMB member Kasi. "He was born in the same year as two other golden prospects in Alexander Isak - who went to Dortmund for roughly €10m - and Mattias Svanberg, who plays for Malmö.

"However it was quite an upset when he chose to play for Montenegro instead of Sweden, despite featuring in Under 17 and Under 19 internationals for Sweden.

"He's a very gifted, attacking midfielder with good technique, pace and a good shot. In my view, the main barrier to becoming a success the Premier League or not are his physical attributes.

"He's also a leader and carried Halmstad BK to promotion last year. This year, he has been their best player by a mile in Allsvenskan. All their offensive plays goes through him, which he has been able to do a more than decent job with so far in the league."

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And whilst Kasi is unsure whether Haksabanovic will make the grade in England and the Premier League he is certain that either way, West Ham are unlikely to lose out financially.

"£3million is not a huge sum for us, but for Halmstad it's heaven," he added. "I'm sceptical that he will make it in the Premier League, at least for the next coming season or two.

"But IF he becomes be the player he has the potential to be, then West Ham will make far more than £3m when they sell him.

"I should stress that Haksabanovic doesn't see West Ham as the last stop, he wants to go to a better and bigger club as soon as he's ready (in his mind), so we better keep that in mind.

"But when everyone thought he would leave for free this winter, he signed a new long term contract with Halmstad - which they are certainly very grateful for today."

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