Swedish champions Kalmar FF have come to an agreement with Dutch side Heerenveen over the sale of the Allsvenskan’s top goal scorer Patrik Ingelsten.
Ingelsten will complete the move in January and is likely to make his Eredivisie bow when the Dutch league resumes in February.
Kalmar chairman Johnny Pettersson said: “There are still a few details to be finalised, I will not say anything about the transfer fee, but we are pleased with the agreement we have reached with Heerenveen.”
Ingelsten was terrific during the past campaign, scoring 19 goals in total in the Allsvenskan. His contract was due to expire at the end of the 2009 season and reports from Sweden claim his agent, Patrick Mork, has urged him to move on in the upcoming January transfer window.
Much of the credit for Ingelsten’s breakthrough must go to FF Kalmar manager Nanne Bergstrand. The 52-year-old former manager of Helsingborgs was forced to change his attacking options following the departure of Cesar Santin to FC Kobenhavn. The departed Brazilian striker had scored nine goals in fourteen games for FF Kalmar and the inspired decision by Bergstrand combined with the form of Ingelsten ensured that Kalmar sat atop the Swedish league.
Playing on the shoulders of the last defender, Ingelsten has plundered his goals thanks to excellent acceleration and pace combined with good positioning and movement. At 5’8, his aerial ability is not his strong-point, but he makes up for this with fine technique and creativity.
Video evidence of Patrik Ingelsten can be seen here.