Newcastle United’s rout against Sheffield United started with Sean Longstaff, and it ended with Alexander Isak.
The Sweden international came off the bench to score Newcastle‘s eighth goal of the afternoon, and ensured the Magpies made history by becoming the eighth different player to score in a single Premier League game.
It was a wonderful finish from Isak, who capitalised on some terrible defending to score his third goal of the season.
It was the 24-year-old’s first since the opening day of the campaign, and it comes after he had lost his place in the starting XI in the Premier League.
Before the game, Eddie Howe did admit that the record signing was struggling with a knee issue, but he looked fit as a fiddle as he netted the final goal in Newcastle’s 8-0 win on Sunday.
The goal delighted Toon legend Les Ferdinand, who explained why Isak is so different to Callum Wilson.
Les Ferdinand really likes Newcastle forward Alexander Isak
Following Newcastle’s 8-0 win over Sheffield United, Les Ferdinand spoke to Sky Sports Premier League about Isak’s goal at Bramall Lane.
“When you’ve been left on the bench and you haven’t been scoring, when you get on you want the opportunity to score,” he said.
“You look at a game like this and think ‘this is where I’m going to get myself a goal’ and he does so. It went from bad to worse for Sheffield United. [Isak] shows great composure.
“I do like him. That’s the difference between him and Callum. Callum plays on the shoulder, needs that ball played in behind him all the time. Whereas Isak will come to the ball and do things like that. He’ll twist and turn and score his goals.”
Newcastle have variety in attack
As Ferdinand says, Isak will have been desperate to come off the bench and score on Sunday. He did just that, which will hopefully serve as a confidence boost for the super Swede.
Wilson has been playing better as of late, but Sunday gave Isak the chance to show that he can offer something different.
He is capable of driving with the ball and jinking past defenders. He did that brilliantly against Sheffield United, chopping past a player before producing a calm finish. Goals like that are the reason why he is compared to Thierry Henry.
Eddie Howe will be delighted that both of his strikers are scoring goals, as they continue to get the best out of each other.
They are both different in the way that they play, but they both know where the back of the net is as we saw during the 8-0 win on Sunday.