New York City FC has acquired Norwegian international striker Jo Inge Berget from Swedish titans Malmö FF on a free transfer, the team announced Friday. Berget is the seventh player that NYCFC has brought in during the offseason, and the second from Malmö, as new right back Anton Tinnerholm was also pilfered from Scandinavia.
Berget bounced around Europe in his early years, with stops at Italian Serie A side Udinese Calcio and English second-tier club Cardiff City FC. His longest sustained period of success has come in the friendly confines of Norway and Sweden, as he started for three consecutive seasons with perennial Norwegian contenders Molde FK and most recently Malmö.
Above anything else, Berget brings versatility and pace to New York. While he will likely end up as a striker — his preferred position — he is equally adept out wide as a winger. According to WhoScored.com, Berget has 11 career starts as a wide midfielder or winger on the left.
Berget scored 38 goals in 104 games with Malmö between Allsvenskan (the Swedish professional league) and Champions League. In addition, Berget has two goals in 20 caps for the Norwegian national team, including one against Croatia during Euro 2016 qualifying.
At first glance, Berget may not lock down a regular starting job, but he has the potential to be an upgraded version of Tommy McNamara. Berget looks the part of a versatile forward that can both fill in for any injured or ineffective player and shoulder some of the goal-scoring burden from David Villa.
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