Benjamin Sesko was linked with Manchester United at every twist and turn this summer.
In a hectic few weeks that saw Erik ten Hag scoop the likes of Lisandro Martinez, Antony and Casemiro, the Red Devils seldom went more than a couple of days without being linked to one of the continent’s finest young talents.
That’s because Sesko really does look to be umpteen-millionth wonderkid to work his way through the Red Bull ranks, following in the footsteps of none other than Erling Braut Haaland.
The 19-year-old forward has only been playing the professional game over the past three seasons, but really started to turn heads across the 2021/22 campaign as he notched 11 goals in 37 matches for Salzburg.
However, we do appreciate that the Austrian Bundesliga isn’t the most popular European league with casual audiences, so a lot of Sesko’s finest displays have inevitably flown under the radar.
But that doesn’t mean that there hasn’t been some tantalising displays of his talent along the way, namely his superb performance against Liverpool during a pre-season friendly this summer.
Though, if you thought the United target looked impeccable during that particular outing, then you’ll no doubt be licking your lips at the most high-profile display of his ability yet this week.
That’s because Sesko moved to four senior goals for the Slovenian senior team in astonishing fashion on Tuesday night, scoring one of the most outrageous volleys you’re likely to see all season long.
The Salzburg forward absolutely lit up the UEFA Nations League clash against Sweden in the 28th minute with the kind of thumping first-time finish that Robin van Persie delivered in his prime.
So if there’s any doubt at all about the fact that Sesko truly is the real deal, then be sure to check out his jaw-dropping volley because it really is one of the finest to have emerged across 2022.
Watch: Sesko’s outrageous volley in Sweden vs Slovenia
SWEDEN 🇸🇪 0-1 🇸🇮 SLOVENIA
⚽ 28′ Benjamin Šeško 🇸🇮pic.twitter.com/if3FsMXbZx
— All goals replay (@goalsreplayg) September 27, 2022
BENJAMIN SESKO (2003) OH MY WORD!!!!
— Tom Maston (@TomMaston) September 27, 2022
Benjamin Šeško again. Not bad. ⭐️🇸🇮 #Sesko
RB Leipzig have already signed him for June 2023. €20m fee plus add ons.pic.twitter.com/xH2ARBLGgc
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 27, 2022
Take a bow, son, take a bow.
The craziest thing is that Sesko’s ridiculous impression of Marco van Basten’s legendary goal in the Euro 1988 final actually pinged off his supposedly weaker foot.
It’s one thing to catch a volley so sweetly that pick it out of the sky and leave the goalkeeper grasping at thin air, but it’s another thing entirely to achieve it all with the boot you wouldn’t typically use for shooting if you had the choice.
And while, naturally, the stunning goal only showcases one very specific facet of Sesko’s ability, you know you’re special when you can pull off something like that and everyone reacts by remarking just how typical it is of your talent.
However, United will have to wait a little longer if they want to resume their attempts to mine that very talent because Sesko is already locked in to climbing the Red Bull ladder next season.
That’s because the Slovenian sensation will cross the border and pull on the white and red of RB Leipzig for the 2023/24 campaign in a move that will no doubt strike fear into any and every Bundesliga defence.
What a prospect.
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