Hull City central midfielder Markus Henriksen believes he is living "the dream of every Scandinavian" as he continues to try and make a statement in the Premier League following his Deadline Day addition to the Tigers' squad.
"It is a huge honour to be playing in the Premier League"
The playmaker claimed that it has always been a dream of his to play in England's top flight. “The Premier League means a lot to the people back home. The games are shown everywhere, it’s huge and we know that nearly all the biggest players come to play in England. The world is watching this league and that is very exciting".
Henriksen is hoping to prove his worth at Hull with the possibility of a permanent deal being formulated when his loan expires in January. “It is a huge honour to be playing in the Premier League and I want to do well having been given the chance. I know I have to prove myself here and I think that is the normal feeling for any player that moves. You have to show why you are playing in the Premier League and why you have been given the chance".
The Norwegian is hoping to draw an influence from his native predecessors. “John Arne-Riise and Brede Hangeland were the two Norwegian players I looked at as having done well over here, as well as Ole Gunnar-Solskjaer who was the big name when I was younger. It helps to know that Norwegian players have done well over here in the past".
Dawson and McGregor on their way back
After a promising start to the season, Hull have since dropped to 16th place after picking up just one point in their last six matches. Though Henriksen believes they are capable of moving up the table. “We’re confident that we have the quality here to play for a position higher up in the table. It has been tougher recently, but we have to show what we’re made of now".
Henriksen's battle cry comes with the knowledge that long-term injury absentees Michael Dawson and Allan McGregor have returned to training. News from the club is that Moses Odubajo is progressing well with his recovery, though Alex Bruce is still a long way short of fitness. Recent injuries to Andrew Robertson and Dieumerci Mbokani have also depleted Mike Phelan's squad.