BODØ (VG) The team is full of either worthy, outstanding or very expensive players. Now more also come back from injury. Glimt’s centre-back Isak Helstad Amundsen (23) is starting to feel it on his body.
Last year’s great comet in the Bodø / Glimt defense center, which performed strongly in the Champions League qualifiers in 2022, among others, will meet VG in the stands at Aspmyra Stadium on Sunday.
The day after defeating Rosenborg 3-2.
The 23-year-old was given one minute plus extra time on the pitch.
The past few weeks have not been good.
“No, I would have preferred to play more,” Amundsen said when VG asked if he was satisfied with his playing time after seven rounds of the series. He says he can do nothing but keep working on it.
– But is it a good challenge for you to be in such a situation?
Competition and all that is positive. Then you don’t always agree with the choices that are made. But he says there is a learning in that, too.
– Have you been in coach Kjetil Knudsen’s office a lot lately?
Yes, you’d like feedback on what he’s thinking and what you need to work on.
Coach Kjetil Knutsen rules a large team. It is either full of players who have already been involved and have had a great deal of success with Bodø/Glimt in recent years.
Or that the talent club paid a heavy price. Such as central defender Odin Bjortoft or Danish Albert Groenbeck. Others, like Marius Lodi, were brought back from abroad last summer.
At the start of the season, injuries ensured a good rotation in the squad.
But now many of them are back again. Such as Runar Espejord, Sondre Fet, Ulrik Saltnes and Nino Zugelj.
Knutsen is clear to VG that if they are to have a tough season they are going to have to get a wide squad with a lot of quality.
At Aspmyra Coliseum, sporting director Aasmund Bjørkan says that from July they expect to play on Thursdays and Sundays in the series and in Europe every week throughout the summer and fall.
– You don’t want any whiner in the team over game time?
– It usually helps a little. But I don’t think we should create something that doesn’t exist. We don’t whine. This is the case, says Knutsen, who nevertheless admits that they have to see individual players, they have to communicate well and they have to feel that there is real competition.
—but then they also have a job to do themselves. You must be one hundred percent prepared for each session.
– I feel that people come to work thinking about development, thinking about their career and doing things as best they can for themselves. There is no frown. They are a fantastic group of footballers, says Amal Pellegrino, himself a regular on the left wing for Glimt.
For Amundsen, who is still out of the team, the competition is tough.
And TV2 reported in January that Valerenga wanted to buy him.
– I heard there is interest here and there. Nothing came of it. I feel good in Bodo. But clear playtime is important. We have to look forward.
Was it the right choice to extend with Bodø/Glimt last year?
– Yes I think. So we’ll see how things develop here.
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