Of course I’m bias but the question does make sense (to me at least). There is a piece in
Where are the Swedes and why are they not in
Just 10 months ago Henrik Larsson was influential for Manchester United, a few seasons ago we had Rami Shaaban in Goal and Freddie Ljungberg in midfield for Arsenal. Prior to the
Sure, there are a few Swedish players in the premiership at the moment, but with the exception of Olof Mellberg in Aston Villa there’s noting much worth mentioning. Freddie Ljungberg has only started 3 games for West Ham this season and Christian “Chippen” Willhelmsson doesn’t seem to fit the profile of a player that will get many minutes under Megson at
Our very own Björn Runström didn’t get many chances to show his abilities under Coleman, and Lawrie “I can’t see foreigners settling in quickly enough” Sanchez didn’t even glance at him twice before sending him out on loan. Maybe he’ll never make it in the premiership, but I still think he would if he was only given a chance. Maybe not in a “long balling” Fulham under Sanchez, but I think his way of playing football would suit many teams in
Ok, back to the main question again, where are the Swedes? As it seems, English clubs doesn’t scout
Scandinavian players are fairly cheap to sign, they all speak decent English, most of them are very hardworking and rarely divas and for some reason they seem to settle very quickly in a new club and country.
Oh well, I guess there’s no simple answer to why! It might just be a few years and the situation is reversed.
Hopefully Fulham can be one of the clubs who will be looking closer at Scandinavian players in the future. Mr. Sanchez, please take a serious look at the likes of Jonas Olsson, Razak Omotoyossi and David Johansson.