On Tuesday, BK Häcken confirmed they have completed the signing of Watford’s Pontus Dahlberg on a loan deal.
Peter Abrahamsson, the Swedish club’s first choice keeper, suffered a serious injury earlier this month and he’s been ruled out for the rest of the season.
Häcken identified the Hornets owned player as a target to fix the ‘goalkeeping crisis’ at the club.
They have resolved the internal ‘crisis’ by signing Dahlberg on a temporary deal, which runs until next summer.
Häcken sporting director Sonny Karlsson admitted keeping the custodian until next May was the best they could get while negotiating with the English club for the loan deal.
“We went as far as we could and wanted a long loan, so this was the best we could get on a long loan,” he said,” Karlsson told Svenska Dagbladet.
“I think we had a hundred goalkeeper targets in one week. But the other 99 were just in case this did not work out.”
Watford signed Dahlberg in January 2018 but he hasn’t been given opportunities at Vicarage Road.
“No, that’s right. It is a very good competitive situation in the Premier League, so it is clear that there have not been as many games there as I would have liked,” the player said.
The Swede has insisted joining Häcken on loan was the “best choice” for him.
Dahlberg is yet to make an appearance for his new club, but he was asked what will happen after his loan spell ends with Häcken.
Responding to that, he said: “I have not heard much from Watford, but I have three years left on the contract. The goal now is to perform and to play matches.”
Dahlberg spent the second half of the last term on loan at FC Emmen, and his temporary stay was cut short after the Eredivisie season was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
He will be hoping to feature regularly at Häcken.