Arsenal have high hopes to sign Sander Berge from Genk this summer but have Everton fighting for his signature too.
The 19-year-old Norway international has received plenty of interest , with the likes of Sevilla and Monaco reportedly keen on the youngster. Sander Berge has joined Genk for €2m in January, signing from Norwegian side Valerenga, but what else is known about him?
Style and strength
Berge is a powerful holding midfielder who dominates the centre of the park with his strong physique and great technical abilities. At 6ft 3, he is one of the tallest players on the pitch winning 2.8 aerial duels per-game on average. Despite his height, he’s a fast and agile player, boasting 2.2 dribbles-per-game.
His defensive contribution and tactical awareness to position himself in the right place in the right time make him a great protector. He averages 2.3 tackles and 2.2 interceptions per game. He is also good at holding up the ball and keeping possession, having an 82.1% pass completion ratio.
Berge doesn’t have any significant weakness apart from lack of experience that comes with his young age. He will struggle to adapt in the Premier League should he sign for Arsenal or Everton, but his raw talent shows there’s enough to be developed.
Potential at Arsenal
The 19-year-old has shown great promise. He is very good at reading the game and offers plenty of help to his defenders.
If Arsenal can sign him and offer him enough playing time and tutoring, he could be key in the midfield, giving the opportunity to field a more creative and offensive player alongside him.
Berge’s strong performances have earned him interest that is likely to see him leave Belgium in the near future. He’s reportedly worth £18m which shouldn’t present any problem for Arsene Wenger if he deems Berge talented enough.