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Haris Seferovic must step up for Real Sociedad

Seferovic evades the France defense   (©GettyImages)
Seferovic evades the France defense (©GettyImages).

Haris Seferovic outshone Neymar, Isco, Mario Götze and Álvaro Morata at the 2009 FIFA U19 World Cup , scoring five goals as Switzerland claimed an unlikely tournament victory. Off the back of his impressive showing, Serie A side Fiorentina paid over €1 million for the powerful striker's services.

After failing to break into the first-team picture at La Viola and growing tired of numerous loan spells, Seferovic made the move to Real Sociedad in July 2013, where he linked up with the prodigiously talented Frenchman Antoine Griezmann.

Seferovic started brightly at the Anoeta, scoring a deft chip against Getafe and then executing a devastating volley against Lyon to help Sociedad progress to the group stage of the Champions League. Unfortunately for Seferovic, however, his promising start quickly petered out and the Swiss international only managed one more goal in La Liga.

Concurrently, his team-mate Griezmann was gaining widespread plaudits for his performances, with sixteen goals in La Liga the highest total by any player outside of the top three sides.

Both players were called up to their respective World Cup squads. Seferovic made a dream impact on his debut in the competition, netting a stoppage-time winner against Ecuador. Griezmann had an impressive if less decisive impact, slotting seamlessly onto the left side of France's dangerous attacking trio alongside Karim Benzema and Mathieu Valbuena.

When the two sides met in Group E, although Seferovic started and Griezmann had to settle for a place on the bench, it was the Swiss international that had a night to forget as France ran out 5-2 victors.

Griezmann impressed - whether from the start or from the bench - as France made the quarter-finals, whilst Seferovic only played a further 25 minutes as Switzerland were knocked out late by Argentina in the round of 16.    

With Griezmann set to move on from Real Sociedad, it is time for Seferovic, 22, to step out of his shadow as the chief source of goals. He has all the attributes to be a top centre-forward, both technically and physically, but to date he has only showed glimpses of his talent. 

Next season needs to be a breakout season for the former Grasshoppers forward, or he might not get another chance at the top level. With Griezmann moving on to bigger and better things, he must thrust himself into the limelight, just as he did when he showed up Neymar and co in 2009.

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