Looking Forward to More Erik

Birmingham City manager Chris Hughton is looking forward to seeing more of Erik Huseklepp following the striker’s 22-minute debut on Saturday against Nottingham Forest.

Birmingham's Erik Huseklepp

Eric Huseklepp debut for Blues

The 27-year old loanee from Portsmouth was brought on despite training just the once with his new team mates after completing his move from Fratton Park.

Hughton told the Birmingham Mail: “He certainly made an impact when he came on. He’s got a running ability about him and at that stage we needed fresh legs up front.

“Somebody who could maybe keep hold of the ball for us, get us into good positions higher up the park and he was able to do that. We look forward to seeing more of him.’’

The Birmingham boss added “I thought long and hard whether to play him. He’d had one day training with the team.

“I thought with Nikola Zigic being available, that we would use him on the bench.

“I anticipated we would bring him on and certainly our plan is to play him in games.”

Huseklepp , who is now on international duty with Norway has been on Hughton’s radar since the manager’s time at Newcastle United, but he did not make an attempt to sign the striker for the Magpies.

The Birmingham manager feels that Huseklepp offers something a little different from his other strikers and will be using him in a forward role.

“I see him as somebody who plays up front, a different type of striker because he plays off the front. I see him more as a No.10.”

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