Mauricio Pochettino has unearthed a handful of gems during his career at Tottenham Hotspur and recent reports are beginning to suggest that he is chasing another prodigy to add to his ranks.
Indeed, according to a recent report from Italian media outlet Tutto Mercato, Tottenham are hoping to sign Sander Berge from Genk this month in a deal which would see the Norwegian immediately return on loan until the end of the season. Spurs are no strangers to rumours linking them with a whole host of players, but Berge is certainly something of an unknown entity in comparison to the multitude of high-profile players they are regularly linked with.
The 20-year-old is currently thriving in the Jupiler Pro League, and with Genk setting the pace at the top of the table it’s easy to understand why the terms of the deal would see Berge stay on with the league leaders until the summer.
While sceptics might point towards the fact that his fine performances in Belgium need to be taken with a pinch of salt, it’s worth remembering that Kevin De Bruyne and a whole host of other top talents built the foundations of their career with Genk. De Bruyne has since established himself as one of Europe’s most outstanding players since leaving Belgium for the Premier League, bossing the midfield with almost ethereal perfection at times.
It’s too soon to tip Berge to reach the dazzling heights of European football along with De Bruyne, but he could follow in his footsteps by using Genk as a springboard to launch his career.
The details of the report suggest that Genk would command a fee in the region of €25 million euros (£22.5 million) just over two years on from when they signed him from Valerenga in £1.8 million deal. The potential of earning such a huge profit on the deep-lying playmaker will naturally be tempting Genk into a deal, and the fact he falls within Daniel Levy’s strict budget suggests a potential deal could be looming on the horizon.
Under a manager of Mauricio Pochettino’s expertise and experience, Berge would be well placed to develop the skills he has acquired in a deep-lying playmaker role, where has demonstrated bravery in possession and an intelligent range of passing.
Standing at 6’4″ he is not a typical physical presence for a technically astute midfield orchestrator, but if he can use his stature to supplement his creativity there is no question he could be a gem in Tottenham’s midfield in the years to come.
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