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Norwegian midfielder Fredrik Ulvestad has left Turf Moor temporarily with a loan move to Charlton Athletic in League One for the remainder of the 2016/17 season.

Having struggled for game time at Burnley, this is a good move for him to a Charlton side who have started the season reasonably well with only one defeat so far under new manager Russell Slade.

1516 burnley fredrik ulvestad 00 630x420Having arrived at Burnley from Aalesund in March 2015 he made his first team debut in the last home game of the season against Stoke, coming on as a late substitute for David Jones, and a week later started at Aston Villa and had a decent game.

He looked set to play a major part last season, but an injury in the last pre-season game ruled him out for a while and by the time he was fit we’d signed Joey Barton and his path to a first team place was blocked.

He made just a few substitute appearances, including a vital one at Bolton when he set up the winning goal for Andre Gray, and his one start came in a disappointing team performance at Fulham when he didn’t have the best of games.

He hasn’t featured since and, with the return of Dean Marney, he lost his place on the bench. This season he’s not been in the match day squad for the Premier League games, playing just in the League Cup loss at Accrington.

With the Clarets having strengthened in the midfield, his opportunities have diminished somewhat so it will be a good move all round. I can imagine him standing out at League One level.

Charlton boss Russell Slade is delighted with the signing: “Fredrik is a box to box type of midfielder,” he said. “He has loads of energy, can cover ground effectively and is very tidy on the ball as well.

“He’s extremely fit and has probably been a bit unlucky to not have more of an opportunity at Burnley. He’ll add a different dimension to us. He’s different to what we have got and that is exactly what I wanted.”

Ulvestad remains under contract with the Clarets until the end of the 2017/18 season.

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