The latest edition of One to Watch features Denmark’s all-time record goalscorer at under-21 level but aged 24, he remains uncapped at full international level.
Farum-born Marcus Ingvartsen struck 30 goals in 74 league appearances for Danish side FC Nordsjaelland. In 2016-17 he even outscored Norwich City’s flying Fin Teemo Pukki to finish as the Danish Superliga’s top marksman with 23 goals. Those goals combined with his net bulging proficiency at youth international level earned him a transfer to Belgian outfit Genk where he was a First Division winner in 2018-19. He also helped the side to the Belgian Cup final and developed a healthy penchant for converting penalties. Ingvartsen won caps at under-16 and under-17 level for his homeland but it wasn’t until under-19 level that the goals started to arrive. He netted twice in 6 outings and having developed a taste for finding the back of the net would go onto score a mightily impressive 17 times in just 21 caps for Denmark under-21s. That took him past Peter Moller’s tally of 16 but Moller himself wasn’t able to fully translate that form to the full national side where he scored only five goals in 20 appearances. Ingvartsen is still waiting for such an opportunity.
Injury limited Ingvartsen’s impact at Genk where he played just 22 league games netting five times. The knee injury is a contributory factor in Ingvartsen still awaiting a full international cap but there have been signs of promise for the 6ft 2in forward in Germany. Having joined newly promoted Union Berlin, Ingvartsen has contributed five goals in 25 games though seven of those outings have come from the bench. He’s also chipped in with a couple of assists as Union look to establish themselves in the Bundesliga and usurp Hertha as the German capital’s premier team. Ingvartsen’s goal/assist output could be healthier if it wasn’t for the monopoly that 34-year-old Austrian defender Chris Trimmel has on set-pieces. To be fair, captain Trimmel is superb in that role but if time catches up with the right-back then Ingvartsen could benefit.
It’s to be hoped that Denmark haven’t forgotten about the talented Ingvartsen as he competes at the lower end of the Bundesliga. He has ability in abundance and aged 24 the time could be ripe for him to seriously kick on. Having got in the groove with the return of the Bundesliga I expect to see him make a significant contribution next season.
Could Ingvartsen even be a player who benefits from the delay in staging the European Championship and gatecrash the Denamark squad in time for next year’s tournament?