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Town Scouting in Sweden
Town Scouting in Sweden
Wednesday, 5th May 2010 12:52

Town are reported to have sent a representative to watch last week’s game between Swedish sides IFK Gothenburg and Malmo FF. Both clubs currently have a number of promising youngsters in their ranks.

IFK’s line-up included 18-year-old striker or winger Nicklas Bärkroth, who had a trial with the Town academy in 2006 before opting to remain in his home country with Balltorps and then his current club.

Bärkroth, the youngest player ever to appear in the Swedish top division, is rated as one of Sweden’s most promising players and is reported to have been interesting Barnsley and Nottingham Forest. His father, Robert Bengtsson-Bärkroth, was briefly a Barnsley player a decade ago and is now an agent.

Striker Robin Söder is rated even more highly than Bärkroth and was linked with a number of top Italian and German clubs a year ago prior to damaging his cruciate knee ligament at the UEFA U21 Championships. Despite his lengthy absence, the 19-year-old is likely to be beyond Town’s reach.

IFK also have Tobias Hysén in their squad, but the winger who played for Roy Keane at Sunderland missed the game, which Malmö won 2-0, due to injury.

TWTD’s Malmö correspondent says the Skåne-based club have a number of promising young players at present, including Daniel Larsson (striker), who scored the first against IFK, Guillermo Molins (striker/winger), Agon Mehmeti (striker), Jiloan Hamad (winger), Jasmin Sudic (central defender) and Jimmy Durmaz (left winger), scorer of the second goal.

Meanwhile, midfielder Carlos Edwards admits that his first year with the Blues has been less than impressive: "It was one of my worst seasons for not being in the form I should have been in. I'm just hoping I can put it behind me and start next season on a positive.

"Obviously there are going to be changes and it's the manager who will say who he wants to bring in and who's going to go.

"I'm just hoping I'm one of those who stays here so I can prove to him I'm worth being in the squad on a regular basis."

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BurleyForever added 13:12 - May 5
didn't know there were Irish or ex Sunderland Players in Sweden

rubberblood added 13:17 - May 5
I believe they have a promising Centre back.... I'm sure he'll fit in on the left wing.

Mossy added 13:25 - May 5
Hopefully now, Keane is widening his search. To bring in quality.
That can only be a good thing.
Like the sound of Robin Soder, sadly looks out of reach though.

MACKEMYANK added 13:45 - May 5
Keane has been to Sweden before and brought back a donkey by the name of Rade Prica. Google him or take my word for it that he was crap and he was shipped out before we learned to pronounce his name. You may be safe Tractor boys as he is in the Norwegian league now but I am sure that new menaces lurk in Sweden !!!!

elbuerto added 14:22 - May 5
Rade Prica is actually topscorer last season in Norway and is set to play champions league with Rosenborg.

Johnny_Boy added 14:26 - May 5
Robert Bengtsson-Bärkroth...

What a name.

MACKEMYANK added 14:33 - May 5
elbuerto - absolutely shocking player !!!!! I don't thing Keane would go near that one again. Unfortunately, Prica was not the only donkey he signed for Sunderland. The list is endless - McShane, Halford, Anderson, Varga, Healy, Wallace, Nyatanga, Stokes, O'Donovan, Mvoto and Higginbottom. Add these to has beens such as Cole and Harte along with nutters like El-Hadji Diouf and Chimbonda and you have quite a list there. Thank god Steve Bruce is here now !!!!

ITFC1985 added 14:38 - May 5
Rade Prica played against Ipswich for Helsingborg in the UEFA cup and he wasnt too bad

MACKEMYANK added 14:39 - May 5
You can probably sign him up for five quid then. I don't rate Keane much as a manager but I will bare my arse in the middle of Ipswich if Keane signs that donkey for a second time. Forget you ever heard the name Rade Prica and be eternally thankful !!!!

MACKEMYANK added 14:44 - May 5
But Roy, if you are reading this - please sign David Healy and Daryl Murphy and give us Wickham as well. We will throw in Teemo Tainio, and M'Voto as well as they are the only donkeys we have left. Incidentally Roy, you signed all 4 of them !!!!

Blueknight85 added 14:54 - May 5
Who let Robert out...BARK BARK BARKROTH

It can replace Boom boom boom everybody say Yao as hes gone before we could sing it :(

Blueknight85 added 14:56 - May 5
although Niklas might be better as thats his name....


Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 15:56 - May 5
I can only agree 210% with MACKEMYANK on the issue of Rade Prica. The easy chance he missed against us at PR while with Helsingborg was only one of a whole catalogue of such misses. While I respect aspects of RK's work, I am sorely worried about some of the players he signs/might sign.

stinkiusminkius added 16:35 - May 5
So, Hysen played under keane at Sunderland - probably went to try and watch him then.

stinkiusminkius added 16:49 - May 5
Hey mackem - you list all these donkeys that keane signed for sunderland (which doesn't surprise me, as that was my impression of him), but did he sign anyone good for you? Just curious.

ChambersM added 17:08 - May 5
we've got two many 'promising youngsters'

MACKEMYANK added 17:12 - May 5
stinkiusminkius - yeah, he has signed a few good ones to be fair. Craig Gordon, Marton Fulop, Kieran Richardson, Kenwyne Jones, Phil Bardsley, Andy Reid and Steed Malbranque. The jury is still out on Anton Ferdinand and George McCartney though.

MACKEMYANK added 17:16 - May 5
So you had the list of the good and the ugly. Now for the indifferent signings. Liam Miller, Dwighty Yorke, Graham Kavanagh, David Connolly, Carlos Edwards, Stern John, Dickson Etuhu and f%#@ing Michael (coward) Chopra.

ChambersM added 19:09 - May 5
was edwards never any good?

GloryGlory added 20:57 - May 5
MackemYank, you don't rate Keane much as a manager? The man Saint Niall credits with getting the club up off its knees? Those players you disparage got Sunderland promoted to the premiership in one year as champions and kept them there. Have some f*cking respect. I travelled half way around the world to watch Sunderland play multiple times, and I only wonder that Keane managed to attract HALF the players he did to your sh*teheap of a city. I thank God every day he is at Ipswich Town; a classier club there does not exist.

slowerball added 23:14 - May 5
Scouting in Sweden.... I suppose you've gotta ABBA look.....

MACKEMYANK added 01:05 - May 6
gloryglory - then everybody is happy. We got rid of the dimwit and he led you to the top of the bottom half of the championship. Glad you are happy mate !!! LOL Watch out for more crap next year. Sorry, can't stop laughing at your comment. Made my day that has !!!! It's like comparing a Rolls to a Skoda and you can't see it LOL

bennyblue added 05:39 - May 6
i think a little bit of sunderland may have floated over that way what with global warming you never know where youll find a bit of sunderland when i walk the dog down the local beach i often find bits of sunderland and often little fragments of ireland i just chuck em right back in

NB72 added 08:52 - May 6
Perhaps they instead should start scouting in Norway? A former Sunderland player by the name of Rade Prica has, for the last year torn defencens of norwegian premier clubs apart. He was brought to Sunderland by Roy Keane. Ha is a big strong, two-footed forward also with big areal capasity. He is also a 'goal-sniffer'

The youtube link attatched shows his goals last season, som of them quite spectacular.

Last season he scored 17 goals in 24 matches, so far this season he has 5 goals in 8. He plays for Rosenborg, which I will think are a team at lower premier league standard, they have played in the Champions Leauge 10 times, reaching the quarterfinals once.

Mr. Keane: Please buy this guy once more.


matt_the_blue added 09:16 - May 6
Mackemyank - hands off Wickham.

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