Eddie Howe’s interesting Alexander Isak admission as Callum Wilson nears Newcastle United return
Alexander Isak scored his first St James’ Park goal during Newcastle United’s draw against Bournemouth.
Eddie Howe admits Alexander Isak often looked isolated during Newcastle United’s 1-1 draw with AFC Bournemouth.
The £58million summer signing scored his second Magpies goal - his first at St James’ Park - after calmly dispatching his spot-kick on 66 minutes.
It immediately cancelled out Philip Billing’s opener but disappointingly for Eddie Howe’s side, they were unable to find a winner and drew their fifth game of the campaign.
And while Howe was happy to see the 22-year-old on the scoresheet, he knows there is still work to do after a largely quiet display from Isak, much like Crystal Palace last time out.
The 44-year-old said: “He’s (Isak) learning, and not just how the team plays, but also how his teammates around him play too.
“Again, there were flashes from him today, but I don’t think, as a team, we did well enough around him to get him into goalscoring positions.
“We didn’t feed him the ball early enough. He was a little bit isolated, and we didn’t get him involved enough in the key areas where he wants to be involved.
“Let’s look at the positives – he took his penalty brilliantly and he worked hard for the team.
“He definitely contributed, but we know we can get him involved a lot more than that.”
With Callum Wilson set to return for the trip to Fulham after the international break, Howe will have a tough selection call to make.
Wilson will be pushing for an instant recall to the starting XI, which could see Isak moved into a wide position due to his versatility.
Howe said: “Our game plan is not to isolate him at all, he should have a lot of players around him, whether that’s our wide men or our attacking midfield players.
“It’s certainly not a view that we’re playing with one striker – we’re playing with several attacking players. It didn’t really materialise today though, so we’ll look at that and analyse why.
“He is a versatile player, and we obviously moved him briefly to the wide left when Chris (Wood) came on.
“He can play in a slightly deeper role as well, so there is flexibility with him.”