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Henriksen Eager To Flourish In Number Ten Role

Markus Henriksen is hoping his first league goal for the Club can be the catalyst for him to kick on in black and amber.

The midfielder opened his account as the Tigers thumped Birmingham 6-1 before the international break, starting and finishing a flowing team move to score his side’s fifth goal of the game against the Blues.

The goal came just seven minutes after Henriksen had replaced Jon Toral in the second half - after which the Norwegian international enjoyed an impressive 21-minute cameo playing as a number ten.

Henriksen has been primarily used as a deeper central midfielder by Leonid Slutsky this season, but the player himself admits he favours a more offensive role going forward as he looks to establish himself in the Russian’s side.

“Of course it was nice to get my first league goal for the Club in our previous match,” he said.

“It was a long time ago that I last scored for the Club on my debut against Stoke in the Cup. It was about time I ended the run and hopefully, I can now add a few more to my tally going forward.

“It was the first game this year - except during pre-season - that I played as an offensive midfielder and it felt good to show that I can play in the position and have an impact.

“I had a chat with the manager before the Birmingham game and explained to him that I didn’t feel as good playing as a more defensive midfielder.

“I feel as though I’m more of a box-to-box player. I feel more comfortable higher up the pitch and I was pleased to show what I can do in that role when coming off the bench against Birmingham.”

By his own admission, Henriksen hasn’t hit the heights expected of him when he first arrived at the KCOM Stadium from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar in September 2016, which has led to criticism from both fans and sections of the media. However, the 25-year-old is hoping a switch in position will help him to show what he is capable of on the pitch.

“I think a lot of people had high hopes for me when I first came here after so many good years in Holland - I had high hopes as well,” he added.

“There is no doubt that my performances haven’t been good enough, although I have been very unlucky with injuries during my time here so far.

“I was happy with my first three games of this season, but after that, I’ve not been happy at all. I do believe I have a lot more to show and I’m very eager to do that and help the team.

“All the hate - or whatever you want to call it - I have to turn that into something positive and really show myself and what I am capable of - and that is what I am determined to do.”

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