BK Häcken

BK Häcken – Match Report vs AIK 22/07/2020

A convincing 4-0 win over AIK in their own Bravida Arena gave BK Häcken three important points in the Swedish Allsvenskan. The home side set up in a 4-2-3-1 and pressed aggressively against AIK’s 3-5-2. Häcken grabbed an early lead with a goal from left winger Leo Bengtsson in the fifth minute and never looked like they were going to lose the game. AIK dominated possession with 63%, but weren’t nearly as effective as BK Häcken were.

Ratings:

  • A1 – Very good, could play higher
  • A2 – Strong potential to play higher
  • B1 – Good, strong player at level
  • B2 – Potential to be strong player at level
  • C – Average for the level, re-watch
  • D – Below average in this match

Daleho Irandust

Daleho Irandust
  • Nationality: Swedish
  • Age: 22
  • Date of birth: 04/06/1998
  • Current club: BK Häcken
  • Career: GAIS Göteborg (Y), BK Häcken
  • Position: Attacking Midfield
  • Secondary position: Right Wing, Left Wing
  • Preferred foot: Left

Daleho Irandust played a great game against AIK as the attacking midfielder for Häcken, getting an assist and doing great work before Häcken’s second goal. He was very involved in the final third for his team and showed a lot of qualities and flair on the ball, with some lovely back-heel flicks.

Technically Irandust was great this game. He has a great first touch and easily dribbled past his opponents. Irandust was very aware of the spaces around him, always looking around him well before taking a touch. The 22-year old Swede is left footed, but wasn’t scared to use his right foot to dribble or pass. Irandust really showed his qualities in BK Häcken’s second goal. After a great run in the box he got the ball from Ahmed Yasin. After a quick turn past his opponent he put the ball back in with his right foot to Yasin, who’s shot got blocked by a defender. Thankfully Youssef was there to put the ball against the back of the net.

Off the ball Irandust put in a great effort too. He worked really hard pressing as the second striker, which AIK had a hard time dealing with, but also tracked back when his team was under pressure by AIK. Defensively Irandust won all of his four duels this game.

Physically Irandust seems to be improving, since our last report on him. He still isn’t the strongest player, but AIK had a hard time getting him off the ball. He seems to have quite a bit some pace, especially in the first meters which helped him a lot.

Rating: A1

Irandust played a great game against AIK and really was Häcken’s maestro on the midfield. After the second goal he was a little sloppy from time to time, making mistakes he normally wouldn’t make.

Ali Youssef

Ali Youssef against AZ
  • Nationality: Swedish
  • Age: 19
  • Date of birth: 05/08/2000
  • Current club: BK Häcken
  • Career: BK Häcken
  • Position: Left Wing
  • Secondary position: Striker, Right Wing
  • Preferred foot: Right

Ali Youssef started for the first time this season and did well scoring a goal and giving an assist in the first half. Youssef played as the lone striker in Häcken’s 4-2-3-1 and started the game of with an assist after five minutes. After AIK midfielder Hussein missed a header, Youssef flicked the ball on to Bengtsson who calmly converted the 1 on 1.

Youssef impressed me with his footballing qualities against AIK. The 6′ tall attacker played with his back turned against the goal a lot and played a lot of nice one-touch passes keeping possession for his team on the half of AIK. His dribbling seemed solid too as the balled stayed very close to him at all times. He was quite composed on the ball some showing good vision.

Youssef, who played 100 minutes in the league this season as a substitute, scored his first league goal in his career in the 36th minute. After great work from Irandust Youssef was alert, after Ahmed Yasin’s shot got blocked, and scored.

His physicality may be his biggest weakness. Youssef is quite small and isn’t the strongest player. Also, he seemed to be quite slow, but as he didn’t run behind the defense of AIK too much. When pressing Youssef was very aggressive in his duels, recovering the ball three times on the half of AIK. He put in a lot of work and got subbed of after 72 minutes.

Rating – A2

Youssef played well against AIK, but his physicality is a concern for me, he also should be a little more involved in the game at times.

Leo Bengtsson

Leo Bengtsson
  • Nationality: Swedish
  • Age: 22
  • Date of birth: 26/05/1998
  • Current club: BK Häcken
  • Career: Hammarby IF, Gefle (L), Frej (L), BK Häcken
  • Position: Left Wing
  • Secondary position: Right Wing
  • Preferred foot: Right

Leo Bengtsson started of very active in the game and scored after five minutes. After a good run the left winger beat AIK defender Thi and slotted the ball in the bottom left corner, giving his team the lead. The first fifteen minutes Bengtsson did very well, he dribbled well and made smart runs. After that he kind of disappeared and barely played a role in the rest of the game. Bengtsson wasn’t nearly as involved, with 39 touches, in the play as right winger Yasin, who had 61 touches this game.

The Swedish winger showed some good qualities on the ball. He dribbled past his opponent a couple of times and seemed very agile. The right footed winger was very neat with the ball and played a couple of nice long passes.

Bengtsson worked hard pressing did well defending when needed, intercepting five passes and recovering five balls. The 22-year old winger is quite fast, but isn’t the strongest. However his agility helps him win duels when he is on the ball. In the air Bengtsson did good having a pretty good jumping reach.

Rating – B2

Bengtsson scored his third goal of this season, but was pretty invisible after the first fifteen minutes. He showed qualities on the ball, but needs to demand it more and make more runs to be available to receive the ball.

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