New Sheffield United midfielder, Sander Berge, has been compared to former Arsenal skipper, Patrick Vieira, by his former manager.
The £22m record signing for the Blades has played twice already for his new club. In both games, he has started to the right of a midfield three in place of John Lundstram.
However, it would appear that might not be Berge’s best position. Indeed, according to his former manager at Valarenga, Kjetil Rekdal, Berge is more in the mould of the former Gunners enforcer.
“When I brought him back to Vålerenga I compared Sander to Patrick Vieira,” Rekdal revealed. (The Times)
“He is tall, strong and fast for his stature. He is also not afraid to ask for the ball and will always do something with it. Sander has a good pass. He made an incredible progression in a short time.”
Those sorts of comments may sit right with some Sheffield United fans who have been calling for Berge to play where Oli Norwood plays. That subject was something we covered yesterday.
Berge moved on from Valarenga to Genk, where his progress was once again rapid. And it was little surprise to Rekdal, who saw Genk as the ideal club.
“It was wise for Sander to choose Genk. Genk is a club that develops young players. Mentally he is a bear. Sander is not afraid of anything. It’s a shame we have to let such a young talent go, but that’s just how it goes in football,” he added.
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As we spoke about in our piece around Norwood and Berge earlier, there is potential for Berge to slot in for Norwood eventually. But not just yet.
At the moment it makes sense for the Norwegian to play as one of the side players of the central three. Norwood’s role is pivotal and will, of course, take a lot of learning for Berge to perfect as Norwood has.
The comments from his former boss are interesting, though. Berge is definitely built like Vieira was so you can see where he is coming from.
In fairness, if Berge is half as success as the Frenchman was, then Sheffield United fans will be more than happy!