For the first time in five years, Iver Fossum (24) is back where he belongs.
Do you remember the forward midfielder who was so good at “time” his runs into the box, who created goal chance after goal chance, and who ended the 2015 season with 11 league goals and six goal-scoring passes for Strømsgodset?
Well, to put it like Eminem in 2002: «Guess who’s back?»
Iver Fossum scored a total of five league goals, divided into the German Bundesliga, 2nd Bundesliga and Danish Superliga, from the time he left Norway in December 2015 until October this year.
But in the last four games for Aalborg, he has scored four goals.
– It is only now that I play in the position I feel best in. It has not happened since I moved abroad, Fossum says to VG.
The running machine from Klokkarstua on Hurum is back in its natural habitat. The role change took place before the match against FC Copenhagen in October. Fossum explains:
– Since I came to Aalborg, I have played centrally in midfield with a lot of responsibility to keep up. I have had little freedom to join attacks. But in the last four games I have been moved a notch up the field and given as much freedom as I just want to attack. A slightly freer role. Then it has loosened properly.
In a cup match last year, Fossum showed which goal hunter lives in him. See his trick here:
The effect was immediate: Fossum scored two goals against FC Copenhagen, followed up with a new goal against Brøndby and continued the great form with an important equalizer against North Zealand on Sunday.
– I have waited a long time for this opportunity. I feel it is one of my strengths, to be able to join forward and score goals. I did it in the Estate and know that I have it in me. It has been great to be able to do that. Especially when I show it immediately after I get the chance in a freer role, says Fossum.
The transition from Drammen to Hanover did not turn out to be the success story he had hoped for. After three and a half years that included both relegation and varying playing time, he took the step down to Danish Aalborg.