In today’s football world filled with countless stars, many of us are curious as to who is waiting in the wings. That search for the next child prodigy; a young man who has the potential to bring us to our feet and marvel at how they are masters of his craft despite his tender age, he is always on the minds of millions of fans around the world.
With this in mind, we at 101 great goals will bring you another weekly series looking at gamers around the world who are 21 and under. You have surely heard of some of them, while we hope to bring you some new names to pique your curiosity from time to time.
Name: Andreas Schjelderup
Years: 17 years old
Place of birth: Bodo, Norway
National team caps: 0 (limited to youth level up to and including U21)
actual club: FC Nordsjaelland
Current market value (according to Transfermarkt): 5 million euros
Potential Suitor(s): N/A
“Andreas is a new edition of Mikkel Damsgaard, although he is only a teenager. I think that says it all.” – FC Nordsjælland captain Kian Hansen (quote provided by Goal via Bold.dk)
Denmark burst into the collective consciousness of football once again last summer when The Rojiblancos embarked on a magical run to the Euro 2020 semi-finals, with plenty of unknowns ahead and plenty of desirable household names. One of those names was attacking midfielder Mikkel Damsgaard, who quickly became one of the tournament’s darlings. But now, a new Damsgaard is on its own way to emerge in the under-the-radar development region of Scandinavia; Andreas Schjelderup, born in Bodø.
Though born in Norway, a nation that has given European football Erling Haaland, Martin Ødegaard and Jens Petter Hauge in recent years, Denmark has been one of the hotbeds of youth development on the continent through specialist club FC Nordsjælland. And it is that specialty that saw Schjelderup choose tigers in the summer of 2020 for his next port of call after coming through the youth ranks at his hometown team Bodø/Glimt (a Norwegian club also known for producing talent), after spending trial time at various European giants, including Bayern Munich.
Norwegian wunderkind Andreas Schjelderup had trials with Bayern Munich, Juventus, Ajax and even turned down an offer from Liverpool 😱
He was in favor of moving to Nordsjaelland to play first team football and he has no regrets 🌟 #NXGN
— GOL News (@GoalNews) March 25, 2022
“I visited Ajax four times, PSV four times, Tottenham, Liverpool, Juventus, Fulham, Atalanta and Bayern Munich. They (Nordsjælland) are a club that have shown that they give young players a chance and spend huge resources on player development. It was very tempting with clubs from Italy, England and Spain. I’m a Liverpool fan myself, but I didn’t want to be one of the crowd. There is a long way to go to get to the first team at those clubs.”
That decision has paid off for Schjelderup in spades for the Norwegian youth international in the first part of the current 2021-22 Superligaen campaign when he not only became the youngest goalscorer in Nordsjælland history when he found the bottom of the net against Odense BK. but just 14 days later his brace against Vejle BK made him the youngest player to score a brace for his club.
Able to play through the centre-forward channel, as a number 10, or on the left flank, the two-legged striker has built a platform of incredible technical prowess that has allowed him to be an influential presence on the pitch while being compared. to the likes of Manchester City winger Jack Grealish.
Although he hasn’t put up a notable amount for Nordsjælland overall, which should come as no surprise given his age, he was certainly given the responsibility of being seen as a first-choice option at many points this season after he made 14 starts. in the league and 20 appearances overall while being deployed in three different positions on the attacking line.
Such has been his rapid development under Flemming Pederson that the club’s sporting director Mikel Hemmersam couldn’t help but sing his praises to the tune of guaranteed stardom when interviewed by Nettavisen.
“Andreas has been a fantastic player and a fantastic person since he arrived here in Nordsjaelland. He is a player that we have to slow down a bit because he constantly wants to train more and do everything to improve. During his first year here, he probably put on 15 to 18 pounds of muscle, which many have noted. he’s phenomenal. We knew he was a good player, but it’s surprising that a player comes in at 16 and has such an influence on the games he plays. It is not normal to see him in the Super League, but he has been incredibly good at adapting to the level.”
By all accounts, Andreas Schjelderup is definitely someone to watch for the future, and that future could be just around the corner.