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Burnley beating PL duo to sign this fantastic 24-year-old Norwegian star would be sensible

Mathias Normann has been impressive for Rostov this season (Getty Images)
Mathias Normann has been impressive for Rostov this season (Getty Images)

Why Burnley should sign Mathias Normann to bolster their midfield

According to VG (h/t Lancashire Live), Burnley are among a host of clubs in England chasing highly-rated Norwegian midfielder Mathias Normann.

The 24-year-old, who currently plies his trade with FC Rostov in Russia, has also attracted interest from Premier League rivals Fulham and Southampton. Normann has expressed his desire to leave the club this month, with Spartak Moscow, Zenit St-Petersburg and CSKA Moscow also vying for his signature. (VG h/t Lancashire Live)

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Normann rose through the youth ranks of FK Lofoten in the Norwegian third-tier before moving to the top-flight with Bodo/Glimt, where he made 42 appearances over four seasons. The midfielder also spent time on loan at Alta in the Norwegian second-tier during the 2015 season.

Mathias Normann (L) in action against Zenit Saint Petersburg (Getty Images)
Mathias Normann (L) in action against Zenit Saint Petersburg (Getty Images)

The 24-year-old’s potential was spotted by Brighton & Hove Albion, who completed a deal to bring him to the English south coast in 2017. However, he never made a competitive appearance for the Seagulls and spent time on loan at Molde in his homeland before joining FC Rostov in January 2019. 

Normann’s stocks have been on the rise ever since his move to Russia, with the midfielder establishing himself as a regular starter at Rostov. He has amassed 2 goals and 8 assists in 49 appearances for the club in all competitions while also earning 7 caps for Norway at the senior international level.

Good long-term investment?

Burnley roped in Dale Stephens from Brighton to bolster their midfield in the summer following the departure of Jeff Hendrick to Newcastle on a free transfer. However, the 31-year-old hasn’t quite made a big impact at Turf Moor, starting only thrice in the Premier League so far this season. 

KAZAN, RUSSIA – NOVEMBER 22, 2020: FC Rostov s Mathias Normann handles the ball in a 2020/2021 Russian Premier League Round 15 football match between Rubin Kazan and FC Rostov at Ak Bars Arena. Yegor Aleyev/TASS PUBLICATIONxINxGERxAUTxONLY TS0EF531

The Clarets currently have four specialist central midfielders in the form of Ashley Westwood, Jack Cork, Josh Brownhill and Stephens competing for places. Cork, though, hasn’t been in the mix at all this season. The veteran suffered an injury towards the back end of the previous campaign and is yet to feature in the league this term. 

With Stephens also offering very little, Cork’s unavailability for long parts has forced Sean Dyche to field the likes of Westwood and Brownhill week in, week out, without much rest. Youngster Josh Benson has stepped up occasionally but it has been evident that he’s not quite the finished article capable of playing regularly at this level just yet.

Plus, with Stephens, Cork and Westwood all past 30, Burnley should have one eye on freshening up things in the middle. Putting things into context, Mathias Normann would be more than worth a punt for the Clarets in the January window. A potential deal for the Norwegian would offer Dyche some much-needed depth and variety heading into a hectic second half of the season. 

ROSTOV-ON-DON, RUSSIA OCTOBER 26, 2019: FC Rostovs Mathias Normann celebrates a goal scored against FC Sochi in their 2019/2020 Russian Premier League Round 14 football match at Rostov Arena FC Rostov won 2-0. Valery Matytsin/TASS PUBLICATIONxINxGERxAUTxONLY TS0C0A88

Normann’s heat map in Russia this season paints the picture of a hardworking box-to-box midfielder capable of contributing at both ends of the pitch. Besides that, he’s also capable of slotting into a more advanced attacking role and a deeper position as a shield for the rearguard. 

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Verdict

With an eye for goal to complement his industry, Mathias Normann would surely be a huge asset to Burnley’s midfield moving forward. The Norwegian still has his best years ahead of him at 24, meaning he would be well worth a significant outlay for the Clarets in the market.

Written by Sayan Chatterjee

A Premier League enthusiast and an avid follower of the beautiful game.

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