Scouting Time: Nils Froling
In this series, we take a look at some of the most interesting young talents in the football world. Next up is Kalmar FF’s centre-forward, Nils Froling.
Already raising eyebrows at Kalmar where a new generation of players is gradually emerging to replace the legendary era of Elm brothers, Nils Froling is a player you imagine won’t be in Sweden for too long.
A stocky forward in a similar physical build to a Wayne Rooney type, Froling is rugged and raw. He puts himself about the pitch, he hassles and chases and he has a wicked shot on him off either foot. His first of two goals against Helsingborgs in a recent 4-0 win were a perfect example of this, rifling the ball into the top corner of the net with a furious shot from just outside the box. A goal against Ostersunds in the middle of last season also springs to mind – an absolute belter from range that flew into the net. Froling has that in his locker.
The 20-year-old was actually born in Dallas, Texas, and so is eligible to play for the United States national team as well as Sweden. A loan spell at Atvidabergs FF in 2017 toughened him up, and he broke into Kalmar’s squad in 2018. Since then he has made 50 appearances for Kalmar to date, scoring 12 goals.
As well as a powerful shot Nils Froling has decent technique in tight spaces, can beat a man with a turn of the hips or quick shift of the ball and takes up intelligent positions on the field in forward areas. He looks to make things happen. He’s not naturally the quickest but isn’t slow either.
So far in 2020 Froling is in the top 10 players in the league for shots per game, demonstrating his willingness to have a crack at goal whenever there is an opportunity. In the last 18 months, 75% of his 12 shots from outside the box have been on target, with 25% of them finding the back of the net.
Last season, operating in attack or from the left side of Kalmar’s attack, Froling averaged 5.87 dribbles per 90 according to Wyscout data, with a 54.8% dribble success rate. His passing, key passing and ability to retain possession could definitely improve, but at 20 this is a raw talent that I only expect to get better as the season progresses.
The youngster turned down IFK Norrkoping during the close season and is reportedly being monitored by AZ Alkmaar among others.