Scouting Report: Momodou Sonko of BK Hacken
Unpacking the Buzz Around Momodou Sonko
We’ve spoken about him in the Stat Me Up podcasts before and he’s even been at Anfield on trial. As the transfer window buzzes with activity, one name that’s repeatedly surfacing amongst Europe’s football chatter is Momodou Sonko. The 18-year-old left winger from BK Hacken has not only captured the attention of top clubs but has also become a subject of speculation for fans and pundits alike. But what’s the substance behind the hype? Let’s delve into the details.
What’s Been Said: The Rumor Mill
There’s a tangible excitement surrounding Sonko’s potential move to a top-tier club. Reports have been linking him to Liverpool, with scouts from the Reds purportedly keeping a keen eye on the youngster. Sonko himself has addressed the rumours with a mix of humor and distance, suggesting that while the attention is flattering, any serious discussions are more likely to go through his agent. This stance exemplifies a mature head on young shoulders, aware of the business side of the beautiful game.
The Key Stats: Sonko by Numbers
At a glance, Sonko’s profile is impressive for his age. Standing at 1.76 meters and boasting dual citizenship from Sweden and The Gambia, Sonko has shown promise early on in his career. With a contract at BK Hacken set to expire in June 2025, he’s made notable appearances on the international stage for Sweden’s U18 and U17 teams. His club performances have been promising, with a current market value of €4.00m, reflecting his rising status. Four goals and 1 assists for an 18 year old in thirteen games isn’t to be sniffed at.
🚨 Exclusive: I understand that as well as #LFC, Red Bull and Bologna – the City Football Group are also interested in Momodou Sonko.
The 18-year-old winger could be on the move this month.
He once had a trial at #LFC back in 2017.
✍️ More info here:
— Bence Bocsák (@BenBocsak) January 17, 2024
Compare Him To: Caution in Comparison
Really hard to do this and probably unfair. When juxtaposing Sonko with Liverpool’s existing talents, one must proceed with caution. It’s challenging to draw direct comparisons between a burgeoning talent in Sweden’s Allsvenskan and established forwards in one of Europe’s most competitive leagues. For instance, Liverpool’s Luis Díaz, with a robust experience in top-flight football, presents a very different statistical image. Considering metrics like expected goals (xG) and non-penalty expected goals (NPxG), Sonko’s numbers are commendable, yet they unfold in a different context.
Likelihood and Fee: Evaluating the Financials
Sonko’s current market valuation stands at €4.00m, and with over a year left on his contract, BK Hacken has a decent position to negotiate. His wages, while undisclosed, are likely to be a fraction of what Liverpool’s current stars earn, suggesting room for a financially sensible acquisition. The length of his remaining contract indicates that any potential suitors would need to present a compelling offer to tempt Hacken into a sale.
Conclusion: Prospect to Watch
In summary, Momodou Sonko represents an exciting prospect for clubs looking to bolster their attacking options with youthful zest. Sounds like classic FSG and Liverpool. Despite the work permit difficulties for non-UK players, a youngster with a high work-rate, who gets inside the box a lot, cuts in from the left and dribbles well sounds right up Jurgen Klopp’s street. Little risk with a massive upside. I’d definitely keep an eye on this one in the summer.