Robin Quaison: The Swedish Showman Reaching for the Stars at Mainz

FREIBURG IM BREEISGAU, GERMANY - AUGUST 17: Robin Quaison of 1. FSV Mainz 05 looks dejected during the Bundesliga match between Sport-Club Freiburg and 1. FSV Mainz 05 at Schwarzwald-Stadion on August 17, 2019 in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/ Getty Images)

It’s been a season to remember for FSV Mainz forward Robin Quaison in the Bundesliga.

The Swedish international scored his 2nd Bundesliga hat-trick to inspire Mainz to an emphatic 3-1 win against Hertha BSC at the Olympiastadion last Saturday.

He scored his first hat-trick in a 5-0 win over Werder Bremen in December and has been instrumental to lifting Mainz four points clear of the drop-zone.

Quaison also received the Bundesliga Goal of the Month award in October for his sublime long-range rocket against FC Koln.

“I’m an attacking player that likes to have the ball a lot. I love to play in the middle but I can play on the wings too. I can play anywhere,” Quaison told Bundesliga Official.

The 26-year-old undoubtedly has limitless confidence and this was showcased beautifully in the German capital. He comically deceived Marius Wolf by feigning to tie his shoelaces before breaking into the penalty area for a simple tap-in.

He’s also been in fine fettle for the Swedish National Team – scoring five goals in nine caps last year.

His contract is set to expire at the end of the 2020/21 campaign and sporting director Rouven Schroder has admitted Quaison is yet to enter talks with the club over a new contract.

“We want to extend his contract, we have made that clear to his representatives,” he told Sport Bild.

Schroder added: “He has put himself on the radar. He has earned it. We understand that he’s taking his time right now.”

Quaison started his career at Swedish club AIK, where he initially played as a central midfielder. He was transformed into a winger during his final season in Stockholm before moving to Italy with Palermo in 2014.

PALERMO, ITALY – FEBRUARY 03: Robin Quaison (R) of Palermo and Ignazio Abate of Milan compete for the ball during the Serie A match between US Citta di Palermo and AC Milan at Stadio Renzo Barbera on February 3, 2016 in Palermo, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)

Palermo manager Giuseppe Iachini fielded him as a central attacking midfielder during his maiden season and Quaison was effective in helping them to a satisfying mid-table finish.

However, carnage ensued during the 2015/16 season and Palermo incredibly went through seven different managers. Quaison was inevitably unable to maintain his form and he snatched at the chance to leave when a move to Mainz presented itself in January 2017.

One goal from 11 appearances during the Rückrunde in 2016/17 left little to be desired. But Quaison found a new lease of life when former manager Sandro Schwarz deployed him as the second-striker behind Jean-Philippe Mateta during the 2018/19 campaign.

Mateta was ruled out for five months with a torn meniscus in July, which enabled Quaison to take centre stage.

“His movement behind the opposition defence is very intelligent and he’s a player who can make an impact. He’s constantly on the move between the lines,” Schwarz revealed.

The sky is the limits for Robin Quaison and surely it’s only a matter of time until Premier League clubs come sniffing around him, especially if he keeps up his phenomenal form in Germany.

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