Sander Berge has been tipped to get even better for Sheffield United following an excellent individual start to the Premier League season.
Berge, 22, signed for United in January for a then club-record £22m but saw his intial progress stalled thanks for the pandemic and lockdowns imposed around the world.
However, a strong finish to the season and an even better start to this campaign has seen Berge be the standout performer for Chris Wilder’s outfit so far, despite the Blades having just a single point.
And according to Berge’s former manager at Valarenga, Kjetal Rekdal, the sky is the limit for the Blades midfielder.
“He is looking fitter and he is learning and improving. He is always looking at things because it’s very important to him that he progresses,” Rekdal told Yorkshire Live.
“He can be even more dominant, the way he carries the ball, he can be quicker going forward, the way he goes past players. There is still improvement to be made with the intensity but this is just my opinion, he has another level he can go to, I know this for sure.”
Berge tucked in the penalty at Anfield last weekend for his second goal in United colours. And with John Lundstram set to leave the club, the Norwegian’s importance going forward could be even higher in the coming months.
Most Sheffield United fans are under illusions that we have a serious player on our hands. The obvious worry would be if we went down, there’d be little chance of us keeping Berge.
And that’s a view that is echoed by Rekdal, who believes the sky is the limit for the 22-year-old.
“It’s a great league for Sander. There are no clubs abroad who can match that. He has the ability to play for the very best in the Premier League, but he’s not ready for that just now. He needs to take another step first and gain more experience, being dominant for a longer time,” Rekdal added.
That is certainly the worry for Unitedites. At times, Berge looks a class above the rest of the team, without being disrespectful.
In hindsight, it’s a brilliant signing. We have a top player who should drive us to Premier League safety, while if we do go down, then we can at least sell for a hefty fee and reinvest.