Birger Meling (25) has quickly made a name for himself in French football, but the breakthrough for the national team is long overdue.
It was Haitam Aleesami who held the left back in the two international matches in September. Meling has only started two international matches in two years.
While the competitor has trained with Norwegian clubs and is looking for an employer, Meling is in full swing in French football, but it is questionable whether his physique is weighed too easily for the duel against robust Serbs at Ullevaal on Thursday night.
At club level, Meling has admittedly been anything but a lightweight: In his five games since the transfer to Nîmes, the Rogalendingen has scored one goal, delivered two goal-scoring passes and become a favorite among fans in the south of France, thanks in part to his great running ability.
This is what Yann Soudé, a journalist in the French major newspaper L’Équipe, says, where he is responsible for covering Meling’s club.
He recently did an interview with Nîmes stopper Loïck Landre who said that he is not worried about Meling’s constant offensive running “because he is a marathon runner, so I know he will return at 200 kilometers per hour”.
– Birger gives us the impression that he has been in the club for many years already. His energy is madness. He has technical quality, always wants to attack and has a personality and fighting spirit that is highly valued in the club. The fans love him, says Soudé to VG.
He also highlights one of Meling’s qualities off the field. The Norwegian was quick to learn French, something Soudé and the other journalists noticed when he was presented at a press conference this summer.
– He really amazed us. He must have already started learning French last winter because he was close to coming here. That says a lot about what kind of guy he is, says Soudé about Meling, who even before the transition eased the veil in this VG interview:
He does see potential for improvement in one area:
– He has the most to go on defensively. There are many great wing talents in Ligue 1, and he has struggled at times and will continue to do so in the future.
Nîmes coach Jérôme Arpignon told a press conference recently about how he was made aware of the then Rosenborg hill: