In this series, brought to you by Just Football, we take a look at some of the most interesting talents in Scandinavian football, that’s ready to start the 2020 season after the COVID-19 crisis. Next up is Bodø / Glimt’s winger Jens Petter Hauge.

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He was long seen as a ‘boy wonder’ with an amazing future ahead of him. Jens Petter Hauge made his Eliteserien debut back in 2016 as a 16-year-old and the world appeared to be his oyster. The following year in the OBOS Hauge racked up 13 assists in just over 1,200 mins of action and seemed set for a breakout year upon Bodo/Glimt’s promotion back to the top flight. But for whatever reason, it never materialised. He was on the field for just 319 mins in 2018 as some injuries along with a few other factors hindered him. It looked like a similar situation would occur last season and for the most part, he was restricted to bench appearances, albeit was used on a far more frequent basis.

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Jens Petter Hauge’s key Eliteserien statistics (per 90 mins) in 2019.

 

The real turning point for Hauge was the departure of left-winger Amor Layouni. Suddenly, he was given the opportunity of a regular starting spot and he took it. Hauge was in the XI for each of the last 9 fixtures and scored 4 times in the process. Glimt have now lost key young star Håkon Evjen to AZ Alkmaar so the opportunity is there for someone to fully step up and fill his boots. Hauge either directly or indirectly should be able to do this and I would expect him to be a mainstay of the team for the 2020 season.

He is still a raw player so his statistics can’t be used as a fully accurate guide towards his potential. For example, his 22% crossing accuracy rate is something which you would expect to improve over time. One interesting aspect to consider is the defensive side of his game though. In the 2019 Eliteserien, he won 66.7% of his defensive duels which is surprisingly high for someone in his position. This is very similar to Håkon Evjen and epitomises the characteristics and style that Bodo/Glimt try to immerse on their players. Hauge is a hard-working figure with good pace and always willing to track back. This could be the season he breaks through completely.

I mentioned the poor crossing accuracy rate. I have noticed he tends to ‘float’ a lot of balls in which may be his own personal style or part of a designed tactic. With that type of cross it’s hard to be exactly accurate as it’s more a case of putting the ball into an ‘area’ so he probably shouldn’t be downgraded for this, and indeed it can be seen as a positive in many cases. Below is a typical example of a Hauge floated cross situation and he regularly crosses from this sort of position deeper out wide.

 

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Jens Petter Hauge in a position to cross the ball.
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The area isn’t exactly loaded with targets and he goes with a typical ‘floated’ option.

 

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