It’s hard enough packing up and moving to a new country to pursue your dreams as a young footballer; it is another matter entirely having to do so under the watchful eye of one Steven Gerrard. The spectacularly-named Edvard Sandvik Tagseth has found himself in such a position following his recent arrival from Norwegian fourth tier club FK Neset—and is thriving under the pressure.
The highly-touted 16 year-old turned out for Gerrard’s side at the weekend as they took on Blackburn Rovers in an U18 Premier League match, with the diminutive midfielder immediately catching the eye with his clear class.
“Eddie was certainly a positive and I thought his performance was fantastic,” Gerrard said following the impressive showing. “To be honest you don’t have to coach Eddie much, he does the majority of the stuff right, he just needs a bit of guidance.
“He can use both feet and he’s a passer but not only is he technically gifted, he does the other side of the game. He’ll compete for you, he gets on second balls, he runs into the channels. He came off with cramp because he’d put in a hell of a shift and he’s certainly the role model for everybody else to follow.”
Although the Norwegian ended the match with a debut goal and an assist to help lead his side to a 3-2 win, it was the poise and control that the young Tagseth displayed in the center of the park that has already pegged him as prospect to watch.
Although the money-soaked transfer market of the Premier League has only made a difficult ascent from the academy to the first team ever steeper, you’d have to trust that a talent like this under the tutelage of Gerrard, a Liverpool academy graduate himself, will certainly like his chances.
Calling it now: eventual substitute unicorn.