Sheffield United podcast BladesPod (February 24, 1:01:47) believe that Sander Berge should be allowed the opportunity to play in Oliver Norwood’s position at Bramall Lane.
The Norway international was signed from Genk in the January transfer window for a club-record fee.
Thus far this season, he has made three appearances in the top-flight, playing primarily as a central midfielder.
Norwood has often been deployed in a defensive midfield position under manager Chris Wilder and BladesPod have suggested that Berge should be played in the role instead.
Andrew, of the pod, said: “But yeah, I mean, we mentioned it earlier to come back to I guess, but I’d quite like to see Berge play in Norwood’s position in this game (against Reading in the FA Cup).
“I think that’s a good opportunity to, you know, give him a lot of the ball if you like. See what you can do in that role which I do think he probably is going to be more comfortable with, at least at this stage of his career based on how he’s been playing with his previous clubs.”
These sorts of games are ideal for experimentation.
Reading are currently 16th in the Championship and, at this point, have won just once in their last five outings, including defeats to both Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion.
Berge has, thus far, made only a trio of appearances for the club but the BladesPod are right to suggest that he has familiarity with the role of a defensive midfielder.
At Genk, he made 27 appearances in the role this season, clearly playing well enough to earn his reported £22m move to Bramall Lane.
Restoring him to the role may or may not work in English football but this is the perfect opportunity for them to find out.