Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge has become the latest Blades player to offer his thoughts following Tuesday’s shootout loss at Nottingham Forest.
Berge was once again influential for United as he created the opening Blades goal for Morgan Gibbs-White, before being one of only two United players to despatch their penalties past Brice Samba.
Of course, there’ll be nerves around United fans this summer about whether or not the club can keep Berge. The Norwegian remains one of our most saleable assets, and clubs are bound to be sniffing again.
But there was no sign of Berge giving a departing message on Tuesday or today. The midfielder has taken to Instagram to offer up his thoughts on the season, and has thanked the fans for their role in the campaign.
Berge, who signed for £22m when United were in the Premier League, has flourished under Paul Heckingbottom in a more attacking role from midfield. This, despite being signed as a potential replacement for Ollie Norwood.
The midfielder will now go away on his holidays before the flurry of summer transfer rumours kicks in. Of all United’s players, Berge will be the one who will be attracting the most interest.
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Heckingbottom deserves massive credit for recognising Berge’s assets and getting him involved more. SInce the turn of the year, few players have been as consistent as Sander in red and white.
The big question now, of course, is whether United can keep their man. Some players will need to be sold, unless the players leaving for nothing to free up enough budget to work around things. Last summer saw Aaron Ramsdale sold to balance the books. Berge, it seems, is the next most valuable player in this squad.
If United can afford it and also convince Berge to stay, then another run at promotion is likely. If not, then we can only hope we get a good fee and Heckingbottom is allowed to spend some of it on replacements.