Jokanovic considers new role for Sander Berge at Sheffield United
Jokanovic considers Sander Berge switch following Sheffield United's 2-2 draw with Preston
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Jokanovic considers Sander Berge switch following Sheffield United's 2-2 draw with Preston

Sheffield United boss, Slavisa Jokanovic, has admitted he is speaking with Sander Berge over his role in the current tactical set-up.

Berge came off the bench last night and initially played down the left-hand side, before switching over to the right, where he eventually got what should have been the winning goal for the Blades.

For now, it appears Jokanovic has settled on Ollie Norwood and John Fleck as his two in the middle of the park. Conor Hourihane has also been brought in to add depth in that position, too.

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It leaves the United boss with quite the conundrum, then, when it comes to selecting Sander Berge. But rather than count him out of the XI completely, Berge has told Yorkshire Live that he feels the Norwegian could help his team in the attacking third.


Jokanovic backs Berge for attacking success

After seeing Berge net his first goal in front of a packed out Bramall Lane, Jokanovic believes the Norwegian can contribute in that area.

And after yesterday’s game, he told Yorkshire Live how he is already in discussions with Berge about a change in role.

“I am talking with him and asking him how he feels about playing in this position. He’s not a guy who runs the spaces without the ball, but he can attack with the quality from centre mid or stepping in with the ball like here and I believe he did a good job,” Jokanovic said on Berge.

“I need to adapt some players. In these positions in the last few games I have played Ben, Berge, Freeman, Rhian and Morgan on the other side, too.

Jokanovic seems to have settled on a 4-2-3-1 formation of late. The return of Ben Davies and Enda Stevens should help the defence tighten up.

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But the Serbian is content that his attacking players are contributing in their new roles. And after trying different options, Jokanovic believes we are seeing the rewards.

“We have scored goals from these positions – Ben Osborn has scored twice, Berge here and Morgan in this game and the last. We are trying to find what is the best benefit for the club and the team,” the boss added.

The Blades travel to Hull City this weekend looking for a first away win of the season.

Our View: Berge can be used but we mustn’t shoe-horn him in

There is no doubt there is a place for Sander Berge in this side. But the biggest question, is where?

With Jokanovic seemingly content with Fleck and Norwood in the middle, Berge is among the players who might need to adapt. And he’s certainly got the quality to do so.

The problem for Jokanovic is does he put Berge forward and disrupt the flow of the attacking midfielders. Ndiaye, Gibbs-White, and Osborn excelled against Peterborough because of their energy levels. Whether Berge can match that, remains to be seen.

Still, it’s not a bad option or problem for United to have.

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