He’s not particularly quick. He’s not particularly skilful either. He is certainly not going to dribble through a forest of legs before smacking a shot in off the upright.
So what is it that makes Kristian Thorstvedt so difficult to stop?
Like another man who has confounded critics and subverted conventions throughout his career, Thorstvedt’s strengths lie in his intelligence, his almost unrivalled ability to find a patch of unspoiled green in a packed penalty area.
The Raumdeuter of Rogaland, if you like.
“I’ve heard it before and I can see it,” Thorstvedt said when asked, by Aftonposten, about those comparisons with Bayern Munich and Germany legend Thomas Muller.
“Muller has delivered at such a high level for many years, so I can be happy about that comparison.”
Will Tottenham hand Kristian Thorstvedt his dream move?
Thorstvedt, like the 2014 World Cup winner, has proved himself to be a reliable source of goals from his favoured attacking midfield role too, popping up when you least expect before locating the corner of the net with laser-like precision.
The Norway international admitted recently that a move to Tottenham Hotspur ‘has always been in my dreams’.
Given that he scored more goals last season (nine) than any of Nuno Espirito Santo’s midfielders, there is an argument to be made that Spurs need him as much as Thorstvedt wants them.
“I’m not the typical number ten. Not the one who dribbles past two men,” added the 22-year-old son of legendary Tottenham goalkeeper Erik Thorstvedt.
“I’m more someone who works hard, wins duels and gets into the box to score goals. I feel I have quite a few qualities; intelligence, finding the right positions and always wanting the ball.
“I’m the one who connects midfield and attack.”
When you consider how isolated Harry Kane has looked throughout much of this season, an intelligent, hard-working link-man boasting an impressive goalscoring record may be, if not the missing piece of Nuno’s jigsaw, then a welcome addition to a rather one-paced Tottenham midfield.
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