Hull City’s current captain, Markus Henriksen has become an increasingly influential figure in the Tigers’ midfield over the last couple of years.
The Norwegian international has grown in stature as the team’s on-field leader and is now one of the first names on the teamsheet.
Henriksen’s footballing journey began in his home country when he was taken on as a youngster by Rosenborg. He made his senior debut in 2009 and, even though the teenager wasn’t a regular feature in the side, he made enough appearances to earn himself a medal as his club won the Norwegian league title. A first campaign of regular football, and first senior goals, came the following year as he helped Rosenborg to once again lift the title, with Henriksen’s efforts earning him the Young Player of the Year award and a place on the list of the top 100 best young players in the world alongside the likes of Neymar and Eden Hazard.
He continued his development with Rosenborg until 2012 when he agreed a move to Dutch side AZ Alkmaar, by which time he was already a full Norwegian international. He enjoyed a successful first season in Holland, helping Alkmaar to Dutch Cup glory and winning the club’s Player of the Season award ahead of former Tiger Jozy Altidore.
For all of that, the next two campaigns proved a little frustrating with a change in manager and injury reducing Henriksen’s impact, although he still impressed enough to land himself a move to England and the Premier League when Hull City took him on loan in August 2016 with a view to the deal becoming permanent midway through the season. He marked his debut with a last minute winner against Stoke City in a League Cup tie, with a Premier League bow coming with an appearance from the bench against Liverpool at Anfield.
By his own admission, Henriksen struggled to make an impact in those early days and a shoulder injury saw him miss most of the second half of the season. He became a more influential part of things during the 2017/18 campaign, netting his first league goal in a 6-1 thrashing of Birmingham City, and is now a popular leader of the team.
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