Andreas Schjelderup, the new wonder of Norwegian football


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Absent from any international competition since the first round of Euro 2000, Norway has found hope in recent years. A golden generation is emerging, led by Erling Braut Haaland and Martin Odegaard. Currently international with the U21 team where he is upgraded, the young Andreas Schjelderup candidate for a place among the great talents of the country of the midnight sun. However, when he left Norway and the Bodø/Glimt training center at a very young age to go to a slightly more upscale championship in Denmark, the 18-year-old saw his bet rewarded. Thus, he had bet two years ago for FC Nordsjælland, a club renowned for its excellent training and which allowed Mikkel Damsgaard (Brentford), Andreas Skov Olsen (Bruges), Kamaldeen Sulemana (Stade Rennais) Stanislav Lobotka (Napoli ) or even Mohammed Kudus (Ajax Amsterdam) to reveal himself. A strong choice for a player who was notably followed by Atalanta, Bayern Munich, Liverpool or even Juventus at the time. “It was very tempting with clubs from Italy, England and Spain. I’m a Liverpool fan myself, but somehow I didn’t want to be part of the crowd.” he also explained to TV2 soon after his choice. Instead, he preferred to find a project where he could flourish more easily.

Early beginnings then a more complicated confirmation

“Their model of having a team almost exclusively made up of players from their academy or the “Right to Dream” has, over time, a positive impact on the championship yes […] The club is in the process of creating a hell of a team of young people, they are scrutinizing all the Nordic championships and are now recruiting very young people. our comrades from Nordisk, football specialists in Northern Europe. For his first season at the club during the 2020/2021 financial year, he quickly made his mark with 11 matches in the U18 team for 8 goals and 1 offering as well as 16 appearances in the first team for 3 achievements and 3 assists. decisive. Beginning at the professional level when he was still 16, he was congratulated in his first match by his coach Flemming Pedersen: “It was more than approved. We’ve only seen him at senior level in training matches against 1st division teams. There’s a difference both physically and in tempo with the Superliga, but he’s good at finding space and you can clearly see his handling of the ball and his good eye for the game.”

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A quick and effective acclimatization that he however struggled to confirm. The circumstances are not solely his doing. Integrated into the first team during the 2021/2022 season, he will struggle to adapt to a more important role (4 goals and 1 offering in 24 matches) and will narrowly avoid relegation with Nordsjælland (9th out of 12 teams). A somewhat chaotic season, but with a happy ending that gave way to a singsong tomorrow. This has been the case since the start of the 2022/2023 season where he is totally on the water with Nordsjælland. Starting the season as a goalscorer, the 18-year-old is showing impressive consistency as he hasn’t gone more than two games without finding the net. After 17 league matches, he has 10 goals and 1 offering, which allows him to be the top scorer in the Danish league. The versatile left winger, capable of being an attacking midfielder or center forward, is also leading the championship with Nordsjælland, which is three points ahead of its runner-up Viborg and eight lengths over Copenhagen, the outgoing champion. A nice revenge on a last complicated exercise.

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A bright future

“I came out of last season a little distorted due to illness as the season approached. I lost quite a few pounds and felt like I started out a bit behind the others, but got back to the shape I’m supposed to be in now. It also went very well on the pitch, both for me and for the team. We have been solid, which allows me to perform” he explained for the Norwegian media Nettavisen. In brilliant form, Andreas Schjelderup believes he made the right choice by joining Nordsjaelland, he who could have left last summer for Sevilla FC: “It’s confirmation that at 16, I made the right choice to go abroad. It’s cool to have the interest of such a big club. I didn’t go to Sevilla this time, but you never know what can happen and where I can end up. Anyway, it’s really cool that such a big club that has won a lot and played in Europe every year is interested in you. »

Close to the Norwegian national team, in the sights of the big European clubs, with a profile that pleases and that allows comparisons with players Mikkel Damsgaard (Brentford) and Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Andreas Schjelderup is aware of having find more consistency in his game. “I have gone through many stages. I’m much more consistent now: not just in one game here and one there, but in all games. I became much more stable in my performance and developed my attacking skills to score goals and be decisive.” he pointed out to from Ekstrabladet. His future should in any case continue far from Denmark, his contract ending in June 2024. Thus, according to information from TV2he should not extend his contract and feels ready for the big leap.

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Open for sale, Nordsjælland will try to get the best price and try to get closer to the 15 million euros that Rennes spent on Kamaldeen Sulemana, the club’s record transfer. In the last hours, the Portuguese newspaper, In Bola, affirmed, as such, that Benfica was very interested in the striker. The same source indicating that Rui Pedro Braz, the sporting director of Benfica, had even already gone to Denmark to start discussions with Nordsjælland. If Schjelderup would be receptive to a transfer outside Denmark, Benfica would be ready to use Fredrik Aursnes to convince his compatriot to join the south of Portugal. One thing is certain, at Nordsjælland or at another club, the future looks bright for Andreas Schjelderup.

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