Jill Ellis He once said that “alternates are not alternates; they are ‘gamechangers.” Translated into Spanish, they would be the players capable of turning a game around, also known as revulsive. If there is a single footballer in Europe who conforms to the concept described by the former United States national team, that is Marcus Forss.
After a season on loan at AFC Wimbledon, where he scored 11 goals and distributed 1 assist in League One (English Third Division), the Finn has become a fundamental piece of the Brentford FC, finalist last year of the ‘playoffs’ for promotion to the Premier League. So much so that he has already played his first three games as a senior international.
The 21-year-old striker under the command of Markku Kanerva, opening the can in the victory of Finland in his friendly before France (0-2), helping to achieve the first Finnish win over a reigning world champion in its history. As if that were not enough, he played the 90 minutes of the game; something you are not used to this course.
Of the 13 games he has played with Brentford this season, only in three have he started as a starter, adding just a few 439 minutes. Habitually, Thomas Franck He gives in after the first hour of the game. This did not prevent him, for example, from scoring a double against Stoke City or ‘wetting’ against Luton Town just a minute after jumping onto the pitch.
In the short time of play he has enjoyed, Forss has managed to sign a total of 6 goals; 4 of them coming off the bench, which makes him the best driver of the English Championship and an essential resource for his coach. Every 90 minutes of play, averages 1.12 goals Y 1.76 shots. His face-to-door effectiveness is 63,64%!
His records place him as one of the best placed to dispute the position of Teemo Pukki in the next Eurocup. Or, at the very least, to take over from the forward of his league leader, Norwich City, when his legs falter against Belgium, Denmark O Russia in Group B of the tournament. But, without a doubt, it is the clear favorite to take its place when hanging up the boots.
Unlike Pukki, Marcus Forss is perfectly adapted to the style of play and the demands of a category as tough as the Championship. Not surprisingly, he has been in England since he was 13 years old, when he joined the lower categories of the West Bromwich Albion. It wasn’t until the age of 28 that the former Sevilla, Helsinki, Celtic or Brondby exploded, leading the ‘canaries’ to the Premier League in 2019 with 30 goals.
That course, being the undisputed holder for Daniel Farke, Teemo Pukki averaged a goal every 128 minutes of play. Forss, still unable to contest the position of Ivan Toney (10 goals and 1 assist), goes at a rate of one goal every 73 minutes on the pitch. The sample is still small, but his youth and his tremendous ability to define promise many joys to the ‘bees’ and to a Finland that is beginning to show its ears on the continent.