There were lots of expectant FCK fans out in front of the training facility 10’s this summer in the last hours of the transfer window.
Behind the windows, Peter Christiansen and Jess Thorup were getting the last thing in place. At 23.30 the news came.
The Copenhageners had brought in the great talent Ísak Bergmann Jóhannesson in Swedish IFK Norrköping. The 18-year-old Icelander was allegedly picked up for more than 30 million kroner and was the capital club’s biggest transfer in the summer window.
Sports director ‘PC’ called him an unusually great talent and that there was ‘a good match’ between him and FCK.
Just over six months later, Jóhannesson is not among Thorup’s favorite players. Not even on the bench has there been one vacant seat in this spring’s first three Superliga matches.
It has been noticed in Sweden and Iceland. Swedish Football Direct has the headline ‘Sold from Beijing for over 40 million – now in the freezer’. Beijing is a nickname for Norrköping, and the currency is of course Swedish.
The Icelandic newspaper DV writes under the headline ‘Ísak Bergmann out in the cold in Copenhagen’ that Jóhannesson ‘for the third game in a row is outside the squad of the Danish big team FCK. It has come as a surprise to many ‘.
That’s why he does not play
After FCK’s 3-0 victory on Friday night over Randers, Ekstra Bladet asked Jess Thorup why the expensively acquired player was again out of the match squad.
– Right now he is probably fighting with the three best midfielders in the league: Stage, Falk and Lukas. It is hard. We try to keep him to the fire as much as possible.
– Right now he is getting some combat training at U19, so he is ready when his time comes.
– He was your most expensive purchase this summer. Have you been disappointed with him in the startup?
– No I have not. If we saw the last match we played down in Portugal, he scored two amazing goals, so he has done everything he possibly could, and he stands every single day for training on his toes to learn.
– He learns from the older experienced guys who play in the same position as him, so we will probably see him before long, says Thorup.
It has been a total of 15 matches and two goals on the first team – all 15 were back in the fall. Both on Monday and Saturday, Jóhannesson was down on the U19 team to get combat training.
See the goals: FCK – without Jóhanneson – won 3-0 over Randers.