What a left peg Morten Gamst Pedersen had, crikey.
Graeme Souness is not much good for anything nowadays other than grinding down fellow pundits and fans with streams of miserable anti-United-anti-World-anti-happiness rhetoric. But he was not always like this. Grumpy grandparents were youngsters once, remember. And the same rule applies to Souness.
Indeed, once upon a time the former Blackburn man brought with him happiness and joy (maybe an exaggeration) and, of course, mid-table gem Morten Gamst Pedersen. After signing from Tromso in 2004 for an estimated £2.03 million (as per Transfermarkt) the Norwegian proceeded to lodge himself in the memory of Premier League fans for no apparent reason other than having a wand as a left foot.
We can only imagine that the former Tromso was reared on a diet of ‘head and volleys’, petrol and gunpowder when he was growing up as a young lad in Scandinavia.
Maybe it is a little reductionist to suggest that Gamst Pedersen was only good for producing goal of month contenders at an industrial rate. There was a real quality player in him as well; one that was entrusted with the left-midfield position by Mark Hughes, who could pick a pass and rain pinpoint crosses down into the opponent’s area. Just about anything that required that trusty old left foot of his, he was good at.
Pedersen’s most defining moment in a Blackburn shirt came at Old Trafford in 2005. The Rovers had failed to register a single win against Manchester United there since 1962 but the Norwegian soon went about changing that with a brace.
However, what really made him the ultimate midtable player was his loyalty. Gamst Pedersen could have quite easily sailed off into the distance at any point in his career, but he chose to stay at Ewood Park battling it out for nine years between 2004 and 2013.
After 342 appearances, 44 goals and 64 assists he eventually departed Blackburn’s shores for Turkey.
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