Football Season Guide

Lillestrøm SK


Vetle Dragsnes (def), Mjøndalen), Pal André Helland (mid), Rosenborg), Álex Craninx (gk), Molde), Gjermund Asen (mid), Rosenborg - loan), Igoh Ogbu (def), Sogndal), Kent Havard Eriksen (att), HamKam), Jonatan Braut Brunes (mid), Floro)


Aleksander Melgalvis (r)(mid), HamKam), Arnór Smárason (att), Valur), Tryggvi Hrafn Haraldsson (sp)(mid), Valur), Torbjörn Kallevag (sp)(mid), Aalesund), Simen Rafn (r)(def), Aalesund), Jo Coppens (sp)(gk), Unterhaching), Björn Sigurdarson (sp)(att), Molde), Marius Amundsen (r)(def)

Lillestrøm are back in the big time after a year in the wilderness and have big ambitions to establish themselves as something more than just a side battling to stay up. Geir Bakke has restored normality and efficiency last year during the promotion campaign and now has the ingredients to build on that and make LSK an even stronger outfit. It can be argued that Lillestrøm has had the best transfer window of any side in the league, bringing in at least four new players who should be pivotal part of the starting 11. Pål Andre Helland and Gjermund Asen arrive from Rosenborg and will bring lots of quality and nous in midfield. At the back, Igoh Ogbu and Vetle Dragsnes are also excellent additions that should provide more competition for places and complete the squad nicely. In terms of outgoings, losing Bjorn Sigurdarsson is definitely a disappointment but overall the core of the squad has been retained and there is enough quality in this squad to ensure that LSK are away from the bottom four for the most part. Yet, Bakke is experienced enough to know that the road ahead is pretty treacherous and will want his men to embrace the challenge and be prepared for some disappointments if they are to last the course. He has shown in his previous job at Sarpsborg that he is pretty good at navigating expectations and creating competitive teams and the fans should be excited for the seaosn ahead.


Establishing in mid-table.