Continuing our where are they now series, today we look at the life and career of former Liverpool winger Oyvind Leonardsen and find out where they are now.
Born and breed as a Red, Leonardsen started his career in his native Norway plying his trade with Clausenengen before moving to Molde in the Norwegian Premier League where he won the prestigious Knicken award as best midfielder in Norway two times.
A move to Norwegian champs Rosenberg followed where he picked up two more Knicksen awards and a Player’s Player of the Year award in 1994.
His exploits in Norway earned him a spot in his national side World Cup squad for the 1994 World Cup and a summer move to England soon followed as he signs for Wimbeldon.
He spent 3 seasons with the Don’s with the highlight being his final season where he helped the team to a FA & League Cup semi final appearance, His running and dribbling ability had caught the eye of Liverpool manager Roy Evans and he completed his £4.5m move to the Reds in the summer of 97.
He was a regular starter under Evans during his first season at the club playing mainly on the left wing, He made a total of 36 appearance scoring 6 goals as the Reds finished 3rd in the league.
However the following season saw the arrival of Gerard Houllier and Leonardsen found his playing time limited under the French manager only starting 9 games and scoring 1 goal.
He would leave Liverpool at the end of the season to sign for Tottenham Hotspur where he spent an enjoyable 3 seasons before finishing his time in England with Aston Villa.
In a recent interview with football.london he spoke of his regret about leaving Spurs
“I had a good time at Spurs and when I came there it was the right move, to go from Liverpool to Tottenham.
“I’ll never regret that. Maybe I regret leaving Tottenham for Aston Villa when Glenn Hoddle came, he changed things.speaking to football.london
Leonardsen would spend the last 3 seasons of his career back in his native Norway with spells with Lyn & Stromsgodset.
Where is he now ?
After finishing his playing career he started a new career in coaching, first at the Norwegian academy where he coached the best 7-12 year olds from Norway before moving on to head coaching roles with Bærumsløkka FK & Stabæk Fotball academy and finally as an assistant coach at Mjøndalen who play in the top division of Norway.