Milan are reportedly set to secure the signing of Hammarby youngster Emil Roback who has been touted as a top talent and has attracted interest from around Europe.
For a young player who only signed his first professional contract in January, it looks like it is going to be a whirlwind 2020 for him as Sky Sport Italia note that he’s
Milan bound this summer.
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It’s reported that we’ll pay around €1.5m to sign him and that he’ll undergo his medical on Wednesday, but just how good is he as we add another talent for the future to the squad?
Big talent, a long-term solution?
Still only 17, he doesn’t have a huge amount of experience at club level but he showed enough potential and talent to earn his switch to Hammarby and put pen to paper on a professional deal.
Further, he has five goals in 10 caps for Sweden U17s, and so he seemingly has a potentially bright future ahead of him for club and country as his talent has been picked up at an early age and he’s going through the traditional route at youth level before making his breakthrough at the top.
It’s worth starting off by noting that he’s 6ft 1in, and as seen in the video below he possesses real physicality and strength on the ball while he can be a threat in the air too.
However, for such a big kid at such a young age, he has great feet and technical quality, while perhaps the most fascinating aspect of watching clips of him, he has a natural ability to drop back, find pockets of space and attack defenders head on.
He has a bit of flair about him too which helps him get past players with ease, while he has shown an ability in front of goal as well to suggest that he can possibly develop into an all-round top-class centre-forward who can do a bit of everything which is needed in a modern-day centre-forward.
While he is still untested and unproven at a higher level, there is a lot to like about Roback’s build, style of play and raw talent and if things go through unscathed this week, it will be fascinating to watch his progression. Importantly, he has an opportunity that he must grab with both hands given Zlatan Ibrahimovic might still be around to give him advice to perhaps even fill the void he will eventually leave behind.
Sky Sport Italia’s report above specifically names Arsenal and Bayern Munich as two interested parties, and so that should tell us a lot about the calibre of his talent moving forward as if he is officially confirmed, it could prove to be an important addition for the long term future.