YoIn December 2023, Oscar Vilhelmsson told an anecdote at a press conference. As Darmstadt When the striker returned from an international trip with the Swedish U-21 team a few weeks earlier, a teammate asked him with the best of intentions if he was feeling better. His head of it? Vilhelmsson was taken aback. He suffered from hip pain. At that time, “Hip head” was spoken in English. His head was fine: the attacker was able to calm his worried colleague.

When Vilhelmsson recently returned after two appearances in Sweden When the youth team returned to their German employer, there were no misunderstandings. The 20-year-old was in excellent health. And he was also in a good mood because he had proven to be obedient to his country on the football field: he scored three goals in the 6-1 victory against Cyprus and one against North Macedonia (2-0). The scorer is in great shape in the national team shirt (a total of six goals in six games).

Initial difficulties overcome

The inhabitants of Darmstadt, who are participating this Saturday (3:30 p.m. at the FAZ live ticker for the Bundesliga and on Sky) in Mainz for a sort of relegation finale, don't complain about Vilhelmsson's finishing power. The professional footballer, born in Asa, near Gothenburg, is increasingly improving in the Bundesliga after his initial problems.

In the last 2-2 draw in Bochum, Vilhelmsson scored the 2-2 goal, before against Bayern Munich He also set the final point, which this time made no sense, to be 2:5. With a total of three goals (he also scored in the 1:5 against Leverkusen in the first half of the season) in 19 appearances, Vilhelmsson is now the most successful offensive player of the Liliens, at least among the professionals classified as strikers of Template.

The team's most accurate player is “midfielder” Tim Skarke, 27, who has eight goals in 24 appearances. The professional, on loan from Unión Berlin, is playing his best day in the first division to date. According to “Transfermarkt.de”, Skarke's market value is three million euros; in Vilhelmsson it amounts, as of December 2023, to two million euros. It is possible that his value has increased. The Swede harmonizes well with Skarke. However, he risks being left out against Mainz due to muscle problems.

Anders Vilhelmsson: “Oscar is really thriving because he will have more time free from injuries,” teammate Jannik Müller said this week. As great as Darmstadt's joy is for Vilhelmsson's better performance in the final stretch of the Bundesliga, the Darmstadt team may still be a little worried about his late progress. When the Swede gained momentum as a stormy talent in Darmstadt, injuries and illnesses usually slowed him down. He did not bring continuity to his game and could not regain self-confidence.

“Finish with both feet”

But now Vilhelmsson has been symptom-free for a long time. The 1.88 meter tall professional has become physically more robust. The agile Swede said in September 2023 that he had “gained weight and muscles, I have arrived.” The “Lilies” benefit from Vilhelmsson's heading and attacking strength; He also sets a good example when he works backwards.

His trainer Torsten Lieberknecht He praises the “multiple facets” of the attacker, such as the ability to “finish with both feet.” The football teacher believes that Vilhelmsson “has definitely matured more.” In the tough battle for relegation (Darmstadt has not won in 20 games), the Swede should now be the trump card for southern Hesse.

At the age of 18, Darmstadt became the Swede's first foreign station. When he was signed in the summer of 2022, he was said to be SVD's second most expensive signing, with a transfer fee of over one million euros. Then-sporting director Carsten Wehlmann praised Vilhelmsson as “one of the most promising talents in Swedish football at the moment.”

The forward made his debut for IFK Göteborg in September 2019 at the age of 15; The club is the most successful football club in Sweden along with Malmö FF. A few years ago, Borussia Dortmund were also considered interested in the “shooting star.” However, Vilhelmsson later put the matter into perspective: the talks had not yet progressed much. And probably initially he would be destined for the club's second team, the striker said. Before moving to Böllenfalltor, Vilhelmsson apparently canceled Vitesse Arnheim and Groningen.

I was impatient to get to Darmstadt. As all flights were canceled at that time, Vilhelmsson traveled as a passenger in the minivan with his parents. The duration of the trip: about twelve hours. “I have a good family that has always taken great care of me. Suddenly I was alone in Darmstadt and had to cook, wash and clean,” said the attacker in autumn 2023 and smiled. Lieberknecht took the template with humor: “I think her mother prepared food for her seven times a day in Sweden.” Currently, Vilhelmsson is driven by his hunger for goals.