Swedish and British football have had a long and productive relationship that continues to this day. From Ljungberg at Arsenal, to Larsson at Celtic all the way through to Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Manchester United, Swedish players have always adored having the chance to play in England and they still do. A number of Championship clubs have dipped their toes into the Swedish market recently and come up with some excellent players.
Pontus Jansson and Pawel Cibicki have both done sterling jobs when given opportunities at Leeds. Niclas Eliasson looks a better and better player at Bristol City as he continues to develop after his move from IFK Norrkoping. While older statesman Sebastian Larsson continues to show his worth at Hull and for the Swedish national team after playing a key part in helping Sweden past Italy and into their first World Cup since 2006.
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It might be hard to prize players from top Allsvenskan (Sweden’s top division) clubs however players at smaller teams or top Superettan (the Championship equivalent) players could well be tempted by the chance to take The Iron up and then impress in the Championship. The gold standard in Sweden remains a chance to play in English football, here are three players worthy of a look as the transfer window opens.
Nahir Besara (Örebro SK- Attacking Midfielder)
Despite being only 26, the Swedish star Nahir Besara has managed to pack a lot into his career including a stint in Turkey. His side struggled greatly this season and were only saved by Besara’s outstanding contribution and ability to get them out of trouble when they needed him. He is a leader and a player who is destined for far greater things than Örebro. Beasra either scored or provided the assist for 46% of his side’s goals. That is an amazing figure in a league that is highly competitive and boasts a side who recently reached the Group Stages of the Champions League and a side in the last thirty two of the Europa League. He is absolutely ready for a new challenge and would be available for the right price.
Nicklas Savolainen (IF Norrby- Defensive Midfielder)
Despite his side, Norrby IF, having a poor year in Superettan, Savolainen was their star and like Beasra basically worked to keep them in the division. He was the third top scorer in the league netting 12 goals in just 22 games and proved to be his side’s key player. He is 26 and is thus entering the prime time of his career, he looks to be getting sharper every season. Amazingly he is a defensive midfielder but is clearly is able to find the back of the net. A box to box boost could be just what Scunthorpe need.
Marcus Johansson (Halmstad BK- Central Defender)
Despite his side being relegated from Allsvenskan, Marcus Johansson and Halmstad’s defence in general were surprisingly good, conceding only 1.5 goals a game in a league that is known for its high scoring matches. At only 24 he remains a young player ready to be moulded. He is good both with his head and his feet, he played 23 games last season and had a solid 75% pass success rate which is excellent for a defender. He is a little rough around the edges but could easily be improved and turned into an excellent player who could grow while the club grow. Having seen his side go down it would not cost a lot if The Iron were to look to bring him over. His work rate and application alone would provide an important boost to the side.