An article is circulating today which includes the Norwegian FA’s head of development Håkon Grøttland waxing lyrical about a player Liverpool signed last summer.
In August 2015 we won the race for Edvard Sandvik Tagseth, then 14, who will join up with the Academy properly in 2017, when he’s 16-years-old.
Norwegian paper Dagbladet have ran a feature on the left-footed playmaker, hyping the teenager to quite astonishing levels, based on comments by the man who’s overseen his development at international youth level.
Here’s a translation:
“Grøttland believes that Sandvik Tagseth is more perfect than Ødegaard was the same age, a year before Real Madrid player debuted in La Liga and the national team.
“Norwegian FA’s head of development Håkon Grøttland claims Edvard has an extreme talent, and that he’s better than Martin Ødegaard was at the same age. “He has a lot of what Ødegaard had plus a little more. He’s almost frighteningly complete for such a young player.”
“U15 national team coach Gunnar Halle agrees with Grøttland that Edvard Sandvik Tagseth looks to be the best player to come through the Norwegian system in modern time. Edvard started working on technique at the age of four, in a barn turned into an indoor football pitch.”
If you want a taste of what Grøttland and Halle are referring to, you can check out Tagseth’s highlights, here!
We think it’s actually quite dangerous to laud a 15-year-old to such levels, and have seen in the past with the likes of Freddy Adu that there’s no guarantees of future success, regardless of talent.
Ødegaard may still develop into a world-class performer, but his progression has definitely stunted since his move to Real Madrid – who gave him a debut in 2015 and not much of a sniff since.
We look forward to welcoming Tagseth to Kirkby, but want him to progress at his own level, and fill out physically before he has to meet any fan expectations.