Alexander Jeremejeff (att) Dynamo Dresden; Martin Olsson (def) Helsingborg; Valgeir Fridriksson (def) Valur; Tobias Heintz (mid) Kasimpasa; Benie Traore (mid) ASEC Mimosas; Jack Lahne (att) Amiens SC – loan; William Milovanovic (mid) BK Hacken U-17; Leonardo Shahin (att) BK Hacken U-17; Ture Widestrand (mid) BK Hacken U-19; Samir Maarouf (mid) BK Hacken U-19;
Kevin Yacob (mid) IFK Gothenburg; Adam Andersson (def) Rosenborg; Viktor Lundberg (att) Helsingborg; Aiham Ousou (def) GAIS – loan; Gustaf Nilsson (att) Wehen Wiesbaden; Ahmed Yasin (mid) Denizlispor; Alexander Soderlund (att) Caykur Rizespor; Nikola Gulan (def); Johan Brattberg (gk) Falkenberg – loan;
Hacken were again a formidable force at home in Gothenburg, but on the road too many draws meant they failed to challenge Malmo. However, third place at least means some European football for them.
Starting left-back Andersson has left for Rosenborg, but otherwise the defence is mostly intact from last season. Their midfield has also lost the experienced Yasin. In attack they will miss the presence of Soderlund, but with few goals between them Lundberg and Nilsson will not be missed.
Soderlund’s direct replacement seems to be Jermejeff. He has had success at BK Hacken before and should have no trouble fitting in. Lahne will support him in attack after signing on loan for the season, but Tuominen is out injured until at least the summer. Wingers, Heintz and Traore are also added to the squad. Highly experienced defender Olsson joins from Helsingborg to boost defensive options.
Overall, the BK Hacken squad looks solid, well balanced and should remain defensively strong. However, they must improve their away form to stay competitive this season. If they can adapt to the loss of Soderlund and give Jermejeff a flying start, it could be a successful season for them.
With Hacken expected to remain dominant at home, if they can improve their away form then a sustained title challenge is within their capability.