Earlier this week it became clear: Erik Botheim (24) announced a transfer from Italian Salernitana to Allsvenskan club Malmö.
In the Serie A club, where he has been a teammate with Emil Bohinen (now on loan to Genoa), there were a total of 39 games for the Oslo boy. According to Transfermarkt, Botheim recorded one goal and three assists in 35 games in the Italian top division during his time at the club.
Now new challenges await the former Bodø/Glimt striker, who signed a contract until 2027 with the Swedish club.
At the time of writing, Bothheim and Malmö are in place in Marbella on a training camp, and on Friday the Norwegian had his first session with the Allsvenskan club.
And the Norwegian striker should really feel it from day one. During Friday’s first session, the players had a running test where they had to run at 100% for three to four minutes.
– That was tiresome. It is most likely the worst running test I have taken part in. It was pure hell, says Bothem to Swedish Aftonbladet. and continues:
– You have to run until you drop. But there are rumors that I finished top two, so I should be satisfied with that, says the Norwegian.
In Malmö, who won the Allsvenskan last season, Botheim will be a team-mate with compatriot Oliver Berg. According to the Swedish newspaper, only Berg can show a better time on the running test than the former Serie A player.
Before he now came to the Swedish club, the Norwegian striker struggled with playing time in Salernitana. In Serie A this season, there were only seven games, a total of four from the start.
– This is a player we have known for a long time. He has qualities that can complement those already in the squad. He is also a very versatile player, stated sporting director at the club, Daniel Andersson, after the signing was confirmed.