Eliteserien 2021: the best under-23s

Category: News | New Talents

After the end of the Norwegian league, we look back at the best U-23 eleven and analyse some of the most outstanding players.


Last November we carried out an analysis of dribbling and the places where it was easiest to find it. Beyond one-on-one talent, we looked at leagues where dribbling was a more valued aspect of the game and where there were more dribbling situations. Among the top ten European leagues with the highest number of dribblers was the Norwegian league, the Eliteserien, a country from which many players are regularly acquired by the Bundesliga, Ligue 1 or the Eredivisie. And that’s where we’re going to find the best U-23s of the league, which has already ended and which has been dominated by Bodo/Glimt, who have already made a fantastic impression in the Conference League.

With our ‘Elevens‘ tool, which we already explained and shared on another occasion, we look for the best U-23 players of the Eliteserien, who have played at least 600 minutes. This is the best U-23 players in the Norwegian league 2021 under our parameters, metrics, tools and criteria.

Among all the players who have shown a great level and ability to seek an opportunity in more powerful championships or in more important teams within the competition, we wanted to highlight four names, in different positions, who have shown, without too many doubts, as the best in their positions within the championship.

Christian Dahle Borchgrevink – Vaalerenga (1999)

Deeply attacking full-back, with great presence in attack, both in completed crosses and in the creation of chances, as well as participation in the moments before the play. He is one of the best full-backs in the league at the age of 22 and his importance in team metrics speaks of a player with a great personality to take responsibility for Vaalerenga.

Joe Bell – Viking (1999)

The New Zealand player stands out for being a complete player, with virtues both on and off the ball. Direct with the ball, he stands out for his verticality in his delivery and his good handling of the long ball. At the same level, his ability to lose very few balls, having so much weight in the construction of attacks and transitions towards the opponent’s goal. His weakness is his one-on-one defending when faced.

Osame Sahraoui – Vaalerenga (2001)

Among the youngest in this squad, and one of the top performers in our Driblab Score, is Norway’s Osame Sahraoui, a very skilful and deep left winger, skilful off the dribble, aggressive in passing, looking for the striker after breaking forward. Among his room for improvement, his ability to score goals, which will surely bring him closer, if he improves, to higher level teams.

Erik Botheim – Bodo/Glimt (2000)

Better known in recent months for his strong performance in the Conference League, Bodo/Glimt would not have been champions without the goals of young Erik Botheim. At 21 years of age, his quality in the final metres to attack the space and finish in front of the goalkeeper or to finish in more instinctive situations has put his name in a much more relevant position than it was at the beginning of the year. Undoubtedly, he is one of the top names of the championship who will soon have a chance in a high level league.

We are Driblab, a consultancy specialized in football analytics and big data; our work is focused on advising and minimizing risk in professional football decision-making in areas related to talent detection and footballer evaluations. Our database has more than 180,000 players from more than 180 competitions, covering information from all over the world. Here you can learn more about how we work and what we offer.

Autor: Alejandro Arroyo
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