Alexander Isak makes honest Newcastle United admission after comeback

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Alexander Isak made his first Newcastle United appearance in over three months.

Alexander Isak made his long-awaited Newcastle United comeback for the shock FA Cup third round exit to Sheffield Wednesday.

The Magpies’ £60million club-record signing played the opening 45 minutes of the 2-1 defeat at Hillsborough in his first appearance since September.

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Isak scored two goals in his opening three games after joining from Real Sociedad last summer but has spent the last three months on the sidelines due to a thigh injury.

He had two chances to score in the first-half with Owls goalkeeper Cameron Dawson first keeping out his close-range header and then a shot from inside the box.

Newcastle United club record signing Alexander Isak. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)Newcastle United club record signing Alexander Isak. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
Newcastle United club record signing Alexander Isak. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images) | Getty Images

But the more appearances Isak makes in the coming months, the more he’ll back himself to put those opportunities away in the near future.

Isak said: “I think the sharpness will help. These are chances I’d usually score.

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“That is football, today the ball wouldn’t go in. Hopefully I will get more chances on Tuesday against Leicester.”

Despite exiting the FA Cup to League One opposition for the second successive season, there’s still a lot to be hopeful about at Newcastle.

Howe’s side currently sit third in the Premier League table and have a Carabao Cup quarter-final clash against Leicester City to look forward to on Tuesday night.

Asked about the prospect of qualifying for next season’s Champions League, Isak said: “That would be great, that would be incredible for the club. That is too far ahead to look at.

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“We must go one game at a time and then go for the three points each week, we will see how it looks as we get closer to the end.”

He added: “We all want to go as far as possible and I think the club’s vision is definitely to be at that level.”

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