There are three regular national team players that we expect to change clubs this year in order to move to a higher playing level.
photos by Gol.mk: Ademi, Musliu and Nilsson
The past 2018 was pretty much a good year for most of the Macedonian national team players. Apart from few who had problems with injuries or have seen little playing time, most were regular and played with success.
But there are even some that reached the maximum at their respective clubs and are in need of a change in order to advance in their careers.
The first that definitely has to change club is midfielder Arijan Ademi. He will be 28 years old in late May and has been part of Croatian giant Dinamo since 2010. Has nothing left to prove with Dinamo as he won everything in Croatia: 6 league titles, 3 Cups and 1 Super Cup; played in the group stage of the Champions League and this season qualified for the knock-out stage of the Europa League after Dinamo dominated the Group D advancing as first-placed. Time for step-up! It is unlikely that Dinamo would let him go during the winter transfer period as their ambitions in the Europa League have rised, but a move to a higher-quality league is very realistic in the summer.
At the age of 24, Visar Musliu proved everything in the Macedonian top flight. He has been a solid performer in central defense, but he needs to be tested in a better league. For a talented young lad like him each day spent in the domestic league is a step backwards in his career. With Renova, Vardar and now Shkendija he has proved that he is a quality above the playing level in Macedonia. The fact the he became a regular in the national team will be a big help in finding a better-league side. He must move now, he mustn’t wait for the summer.
If the above two must change clubs in order to advance in their careers, keeper David Mitov Nilsson must do it to resurrect his career. 2018 has been a nightmarish year for him as he was a back-up keeper at Norrköping playing only one cup game in February. Few more friendlies and that was all. Due his keeping qualities he was regularly summoned in the national team, but didn’t played in any match. Nilsson will be 28-year-old in ten days and it’s had to see him back as #1 keeper since Isak Pettersson, a 21-year-old keeper, proved himself in the recently concluded season. David has started his career at Norrköping and apart from a loan move in 2011 he has always been at this club. The farewell time is definitely this year. A move in January would be the better option.