By Gerard Mulreaney (@gerardmulreaney)
Dundalk’s new signing, Norwegian striker Ole Erik Midtskogen, will bring a strong physical presence to Filippo Giovagnoli’s side next season, that’s according to his former manager Mikkjal Thomasen.
Thomasen, who signed the 25-year-old last season from Norwegian first division side HamKam, said that Dundalk supporters will also be very surprised by his quality.
“Ole Erik is an extremely intelligent young man with good values and character. He is a striker that caught our eye as a player with huge potential that had not been put into use in Norway.”
He only played the one season at KÍ Klaksvík in the Faroe Islands top league, where he scored ten goals in all competitions, including one against Dundalk in their 3-1 defeat at the Aviva Stadium in October.
Kí Klasvík finished third in the Meistaradeildin this season, to qualify for the Europa League qualifying rounds in 2021.
Thomasen outlined the strikers characteristics: “His primary skills are the physical attributes (speed and strength) together with a good ball control. He is very strong in holding up the play (protecting the ball) and attracting opponents to free up space for his team-mates.”
“He scores goals but is not a high-volume goal scorer. He makes up for this with his loyalty to the team, his pressing skills and as an assist player.”
The signing was confirmed by Dundalk earlier today ahead of a press conference with the clubs new Sporting Director Jim Magilton. He will assist Filippo Giovagnoli, who himself was appointed permanent manager just last week.
“Ole’s characteristics as a player will really fit into our style of play and to the League of Ireland,” said Dundalk head coach Filippo Giovagnoli. “He scored a brilliant goal against us but it’s his all-round style and quality that has really impressed us.
“He is a big, physical player but he is also very technical and has the characteristics and the profile we are looking for. We believe we can help him develop and become a big addition at Dundalk FC.”
Midtskogen, who stands at 6ft 4in in height, arrives at Dundalk just a week after the Lilywhites claimed the FAI Cup following a thrilling 4-2 victory over league champions Shamrock Rovers. He will battle it out with Patrick Hoban and David McMillan for a place in the Italian’s starting line-up.
One notable departure from the club this week was defender Sean Hoare, as he moved on to join the team he scored against in that cup final, while there are also reports that long-time stalwart Sean Gannon will be joining him in Tallaght over the coming days.