Muamer Tankovic has been linked with Liverpool earlier today. Tankovic nicknamed as the “The Tank”, created a buzz when he was playing for Sweden’s IFK Norrkoping, and his involvement in the Swedish U-19, U-21 squad made him recognized by several European clubs. His agent Fabio Alho used his contacts to get him a trial at German club Hamburg, where he created all of Hamburg’s five goals in a game, in front of sports director Frank Arnesen.
Tankovic was all geared up for a move to Germany before Fulham entered the picture, and manager Martin Jol’s involvement turned out to be the an important factor in the Swedish youth international joining the Fulham Academy in August 2011. He had a difficult start to his time in London, and took some time to adjust to his surroundings and the pace of the game in England.
In his second season at the club, he impressed in his role in the U18s for Fulham, which led to him being named captain of the Fulham U18s. He got his reward later in the season when he was promoted to the U21s side, and scored 20 goals in 31 appearances in the 2012/13 season. This season, he has set the stage alight with his scoring ability, having scored 8 goals and assisted another in 11 appearances in the U21 Premier League, drawing attention from the big boys of the Premiership.
Tankovic’s contract is due to expire in the summer of 2014, and a host of clubs are monitoring contract negotiations closely, especially now that he has made his first team debut- he came on as a late substitute for Alexander Kacaniklic in the 3-0 FA Cup win over Norwich last week.
Tankovic is an extremely gifted and creative player, and has thrived in the number 10 role just behind the striker. He has also impressed when deployed as an out-and-out striker, with clever movement and a knack of losing his marker being his biggest strengths. He is a player that can both find the net and create chances for others around him with his superb vision in and around the box.
The 18-year-old seems to be following in the footsteps of compatriot Zlatan Ibrahimovic by stating to the Swedish publication fotbollskanalen.se that his intention is to ‘play for Real Madrid and win the Ballon d’Or’. Despite having one of the best youth teams in world football Fulham have struggled this season and Tankovic will likely have to make a move to further his growth, and the infrastructure that has been set up at Melwood may just be the thing needed to mold Tankovic in a future superstar.
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