Clarets capture free agent: Who is Burnley new boy Fredrik Ulvestad?
Burnley, 5/2 with Coral to beat the drop, have certainly been busy behind the scenes at Turf Moor, where they have announced the bosman signing of Norway midfielder Fredrik Ulvestad.
The Lancashire club, 15/8 to finish bottom, will no doubt be hoping that the youngster, while clearly one for the future, can play a part in their struggle for Premier League survival.
Speaking after the crafty free capture, Clarets coach Sean Dyche stated: “It’s a new challenge for him, not only on the pitch but off it too in terms of culture.
“He has gained a full international cap and is learning and gaining experience all the time. We will be looking for him to continue his development.”
The 22-year-old central midfielder had been without a club after opting not to renew with hometown Tippeligaen team Aalesunds in 2014, but penned a three-year contract with Burnley after training at Turf Moor.
Dyche and co clearly rate what they have seen from the starlet so far, but who exactly is new recruit Ulvestad?
Exciting Ulvestad is apparently highly-rated in his homeland, where he burst onto the scene for sea port town side Aalesunds, nicknamed the ‘Tangoshirts’, in 2011.
Clarets fans should not be expecting a prolific scorer able to contribute regular goals, however, as Ulvestad netted just 19 goals in 129 appearances for his boyhood club.
The youngster may need to sharpen his instincts in the final-third, but aside from that is apparently an accomplished all-rounder.
Described as hard-working, skilful, speedy, able to compete physically and always looking to propel his team forwards, Ulvestad could turn out to be quite a coup.
Adapting to the Premier League is always difficult, however, though Dyche appears to be patient and said recently: “There will be an adjustment period, for sure, because of the change in the levels of football.
“We know how tough the Premier League is, so he will be given time to adjust to that accordingly and continue his development,” added the Burnley boss.
Following in the footsteps of fellow Norway prospects Martin Odegaard and Mats Moller Daehli, Ulvestad will take his chance in a more competitive league.
The new Clarets recruit has already put himself on Norway’s senior squad radar, and a move to the Premier League can only enhance his chances of another call-up.
Ulvestad, who has one cap for the Scandinavian country, made his debut in August 2014, as a substitute against United Arab Emirates.
It may be a lot to ask for Ulvestad to make an impact immediately, but with such a crop of promising young players emerging for Norway, perhaps relegation battlers Burnley can benefit from the influx of top Scandinavian talent in time to save their season.