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Sander Berge: Profile of Sheffield United's record signing

Norway is a country brimming with football talent. The likes of Martin Ødegaard and Erling Håland are making daily headlines for their impressive performances. Historically too, players like Ole Gunnar Solskjær have done the country proud. But there are still so many players from the Scandinavian country that aren’t getting the attention they deserve. Exhibit A: Sander Berge.

The Genk midfielder is beginning to get admirers after a string of impressive performances this season. The 21 year old was reportedly attracting interest from Sheffield United, West Ham and Burnley. But now, Sky Sports have confirmed that Berge has chosen Sheffield United and Chris Wilder, breaking the Blades’ transfer record in the process.

Berge, as aforementioned, hasn’t been making headlines like his two compatriots. But that doesn’t mean he is any less talented. Let me elaborate on that:

Sander Berge – Style of Play

At 6ft 5, the midfielder is a massive physical presence on the pitch. His ability to shrug off anyone pressing him and almost glide beyond them is a joy to watch. The Norway international uses his strength to his advantage, allowing him to transition quickly from his own box into the final third. But Berge’s game isn’t reliant on his stature. As shown in the video, he’s extremely comfortable on the ball.

On multiple occasions, he is seen skipping past the opposition, either with ` flick around the corner or an elegant dribble. Hardly what you expect from such a giant in midfield. Berge also has finesse to his game. Reminiscent of a young Sergio Busquets, a testament to how easy he makes the game look.

The Genk box to box midfielder consistently makes surging runs forward, as mentioned before. Almost like a winger running at a fullback, but with physical strength. So unique for someone with his frame. But he also has technical ability, averaging 3.7 long balls per game in the Champions League this season. Has a shot on him too…

Sander Berge in action for Genk

In the UEFA Champions League, he has averaged 1.5 tackles and 1.2 interceptions per game. They aren’t exceptional figures by any means, but certainly decent. If Berge has improvements to make, they would be with his defensive duties. Regardless, he looks like a serious talent and at 21 years old, the sky is the limit for him.

Already 20 caps for the Norwegian national team, Sander Berge has potential to be special. Now with this move to the Premier League, I’m sure we’ll be hearing his name a lot more.

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