BK Häcken

(W) BK Häcken – Match Report vs Vittsjö GIK (12/06/2022)

In this scout report, we focus on BK Häcken from Sweden in their game against Vittsjö GIK. We have chosen to look at three young players who are considered great talents.

The game ended in a 3-2 victory for Vittsjö GIK which can be considered a disappointing result for Häcken as they are a club that need to fight for the title. The performances of the players can be seen in the light of that.

Ratings:

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

Hannah Wijk (18)

  • Date of birth: 15–12–2003
  • Nationality: Swedish
  • Position: Right-back,
  • Current club: BK Häcken
  • International: Sweden U19

Hannah Wijk is a right-back with BK Häcken, but can also play in a five-player midfield as right wing back. In this particular game Häcken played with a back four, meaning she played in the right back position.

She played 71 minutes in this rather disappointing game. She’s a rather attacking inspired full back, who takes every opportunity to go forward, but this has also to do with the nature of how Häcken plays. Because, the right-winger goes wide and makes an action there – Wijk inverts and plays close to the penalty area. She can then cross the ball into the box or deal with cleared balls to attack them. Her passing is direct and concise, but she could do better in progressing the ball with more pace.

While she loves to be involved with the wingers, she also manages to keep the pitch wide when the ball is on the other side. Making it harder to defend her or the winger, but also making sure she will be available for passing.

In defensive areas, she is decent. She does the basics of defending well, but isn’t very aware of the opposition in counter-attacks. The attackers managed to run in front of her on several occassions in the game.

Rating: A2. She is good enough to be the absolute top of the Damallsvenskan and with Häcken she is already close to that. But, to actually improve and make it into leagues like WSL, Bundesliga or D1 Arkema – she needs to play on a higher tempo, be more confident on the ball and be more aware of her defensive positioning.

Anna Csiki (22)

  • Date of birth: 14–11–1999
  • Nationality: Hungarian
  • Position: defensive midfielder, central midfielder
  • Current club: BK Häcken
  • International: Hungary

Anna Csiki is a player who does well in the central midfield and in the defensive midfield. When Häcken employs a 4-2-3-1 or 4-4-2, she plays in the double pivot together with Curmark. Her task is to form a defensive block in front of the defence without the ball, but with the ball – to progress play via carries and passes into the final third.

While she plays in the double pivot, she likes to progress on the pitch. When the attacks finds itself in the final phase, she will move up to the final third. She is then well-situated for a cleared ball, but also can receive a pass and shoot. In that way she can also play the box to box role.

While she is good in the 1v1s and covers a lot of ground, progressive passing and attacking contribution – it’s her defensive transition that’s vulnerable. She’s often got of guard and others need to correct her errors. Sometimes she seems more of a central midfielder in a defensive midfielder role, and lacks the intensity to cover both attack and defence.

Rating: B2. For now, I would say she is on the high average of the league and that could be her level in a few years time too. She needs to assess her defensive qualities and work on being less vulnerable in transition moments. If she does that, she could move up to a better rating.

Mille Gejl (22)

  • Date of birth: 23–9–1999
  • Nationality: Danish
  • Position: Central midfield, right midfield, left midfield
  • Current club: BK Häcken
  • International: Denmark U19

Gejl is a wide midfielder who can play on both flanks, but also in the middle. Her natural qualities to fit a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-3-3, which Häcken employed in this game. She often receives the ball from the full back and then continues to seek the 1v1, beat the opponent and then deliver a key pass or a shot on goal. This also depends on the delivery she gets from a full back or attacking midfielder.

Her strong point is that she sees the opportunities in the penalty area and is good at the 1v1, strong in the duels and knows where her teammates are. But, she is too eager at times and tries to force an opening – which can provide unsuccessful against teams who play with a low block.

She scored an excellent goal just outside the box, after a cleared ball on the break. She took it cleanly and beat the keep on the far post. That’s obviously an interesting thing, but in pressing she was active as well. Individually pressing isn’t great at times, but in the way she did it – she managed to force the opposition to take chances.

Rating: B2. She is very direct in her approach. Receive the ball, 1v1 and then try to shoot or pass the ball. That works quite well and as we have she has shown that she can score a goal too. But, it’s too eager. She is impatient in doing so and that shows me she isn’t yet ready to make that step to another, higher quality league.

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