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Snehanjan Banerjee
Snehanjan used to a former columnist at The 4th Official. Fan of KK, Cricket and Liverpool (in no particular order).

Hull City’s activity in the transfer market has been far from what you expect from a newly-promoted side although that has hardly mattered so far as the Tigers are off to a solid start in the Premier League. After shocking the world with an impressive victory against Leicester City on the opening day, the Tigers gained further momentum by beating Swansea City. If not for a very late winner from Manchester United wonder boy Marcus Rashford, Mike Phelan’s side could have collected another impressive point.

Regardless of Hull City’s excellent start to the campaign, it is clearly evident that they are in a dire need of reinforcing the squad or else their joy will be short-lived. We can expect the Tigers to stay active in the final three days of the summer transfer window. Media house The Hull Daily Mail claim that Norwegian attacking midfielder Markus Henriksen is on the verge of a move to KC Stadium.

As claimed by The Hull Daily Mail, the 24-year-old had been a prime target of Belgian giants Anderlecht but the deal has fallen through and now Hull City have entered the fray. The Norwegian international will be excellent signing for Hull City.

PORTO, PORTUGAL - MAY 29: Cedric Soares of Portugal challenges Markus Henriksen of Norway during the International Friendly match between Portugal and Norway at Dragao Stadium on May 29, 2016 in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)
PORTO, PORTUGAL – MAY 29: Cedric Soares of Portugal challenges Markus Henriksen of Norway during the International Friendly match between Portugal and Norway at Dragao Stadium on May 29, 2016 in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

Henriksen is predominantly an attacking midfielder who likes to operate from just behind the striker. The 24-year-old, throughout his career, has played on a range of positions across the midfield, though, including a number eight, a secondary striker and on either flank. For a player who is just 24 years of age, the Norwegian has made 254 appearances for Rosenborg and AZ Alkmaar combined, so he is quite an experienced customer.

With a frame of 6 ft 1 12 in, Henriksen is a big player for an attacking midfielder. He excels in the air. While most number tens do the damage with their passing, he is someone who can be influential with his ability to flick on with headers too. Both for Rosenborg and AZ, the Norwegian has always been a regular goal threat. Someone who can both create and score, the 24-year-old will be a very shrewd addition to the Tigers.

In his three Eredivisie games this season, Henriksen has tucked in two goals which is very impressive but one thing he has to improve on is his passing. 57.6% passing accuracy is far from good enough. The 24-year-old also has to improve on his work rate. 24 years of age, the Norwegian has a long way to go and can become a big success at KC Stadium.

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